Matson Invitational: Four Juneau pitchers combine for unconventional no-hitter; Wasilla wins 7-1

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Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jul 20, 2023

It will go down as a no-hitter, but there won't be any style points.

Juneau's Marcus Mendoza, Liam Hart, Porter Nelson and Bodhi Nelson combined for an unconventional no-no in a 9-2 victory over East on Day 1 of the Matson Invitational at Bartlett High School.

The pitchers issued 13 walks and allowed a pair of runs to score. Nonetheless, it will go down as the first no-hitter in the tournament's 10-year history.

Mendoza threw 3.2 innings with three strikeouts, Hart got an out, Porter Nelson tossed two innings with three strikeouts and Bohdi Nelson pitched one inning and had one strikeout.

Porter Nelson also went 1-for-2 with a triple and RBI. Kasen Ludeman was 1-for-1 with two RBIs and two runs while Maden Mendoza, Landon Simonson and Tyler Frisby also knocked in runs.

East's Andrew Malone had his team's lone RBI while Alan Contreas and Dylan Dumas scored runs. Malone also pitched 2.2 innings, scattering one hit and five walks while allowing two earned runs.

Wasilla 7, Bartlett 1
The Road Warriors continued their mastery in the Matson Invitational, improving to 13-0 all-time after dispatching the Golden Bears 7-1 on Day 1. 

Pedro Camacho and Ramon Guzman led the pitching staff and Jacob Johnson had two RBIs as Wasilla pulled away in the fifth inning, extending their lead to six runs thanks to a four-run frame.

Camacho pitched 3.1 shutout innings with five strikeouts. He also went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs. Guzman pitched 2.2 hitless frames.

Colton Savala, Chase Sivulich and Aidan Perez also knocked in runs for Wasilla.

Bartlett's Nick Brandal and Andy Rust banged out hits for the Bears. Pitcher nick Cunitz allowed just two earned runs over five innings.

Matson Invitational
Game 1
Juneau 9, East 2

JUN 9-13, 1-0 Pool
Marcus Mendoza 3.2 IP 0H
Liam Hart 0.1IP 0H
Porter Nelson 2IP 0H
Bodhi Nelson 1IP 0H
Kasen Ludeman 1-1 2RBI
EAST 3-20, 0-1 Pool
Andrew Malone 3.2IP 3K 0-1 RBI
Edison Polanco 0-1 3BB

Matson Invitational
Game 2
Wasilla 7, Bartlett 1

WAS 10-14, 1-0 Pool
Pedro Camacho 3.1IP 5K 2-4 2B 2R
Ramon Guzman 2.1IP 3K
Jacob Johnson 0-3 2RBI
Chase Sivulich 2-3 RBI
BAR 4-20, 0-1 Pool
Nick Brandal 1-3
Andy Rust 1-1
Nick Cunitz 5IP 2ER 2K