Matson Invitational: Juneau pushes hitless streak to 19 innings; Wasilla runs record to 15-0 all-time in tourney

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Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jul 23, 2023

The Juneau pitching staff is doing something historic at the Matson Invitational.

They have somehow managed to throw 19 innings across three games without giving up a hit.

After his team racked up back-to-back no-hitters in their first two tournament games, left-hander Porter Nelson held Bartlett hitless over five innings in a 12-0 win that ended early because of the mercy rule.

The 10th annual Matson Invitational is a Legion tournament created for the teams that didn’t qualify for state. Juneau finished the regular season in a three-way tie for eighth place in the league but lost a tiebreaker for that final berth.

Rather than pout, the Midnight Suns came out and pitched with unprecedented efficiency.

We’ve never seen anything like this. Not 19 hitless innings.

On Thursday, Juneau pitchers Marcus Mendoza, Liam Hart, Porter Nelson and Bodhi Nelson combined for an unconventional no-hitter in a 9-2 victory over East. 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.

On Saturday, Garrison Luben and Landon Simonson combined for a no-no against Southeast rival Ketchikan in a 4-0 victory.

Juneau advanced to Tuesday’s championship game and will carry its 19-inning hitless streak against Wasilla, which is 15-0 all-time in the tournament.

Juneau 12, Bartlett 0

JUN (11-13)
Porter Nelson 5IP 0H 0R 1BB 7K 1-3 3B
Kasen Ludeman 2-3 2B 2RBI 2R
Bodhi Nelson 1-1 2RBI
BAR (5-21)
Nick Brandal 0-1 BB
Riley Roberts 1IP 0H 0R 1K

Wasilla 14, East 11

WAS (12-14)
Pedro Camacho 1-2 2RBI 4SB
Colton Savala 2-5 RBI 4.1IP 6H 3ER
Aidan Perez 0-4 2RBI 2R 2SB
EAST (4-21)
Fredery Carrasco 3-4 2B RBI 2R
Sage Garsha 2-4 3RBI
Dylan Dumas 1-4 2RBI