Matson: Wasilla blanks West to win second tourney title

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jul 27, 2021

Wasilla 9, West 0

Dayton Greer threw six shutout innings and Andre Brown drove in two runs as the Wasilla Post 35 Road Warriors rolled in the championship game of the Matson Invitational at Mulcahy Stadium.

With the win, Wasilla clinched a berth in the Northwest Class A Regional Tournament and improved to 9-0 all-time in the Matson. This was the team's second title, with the first coming in 2018.

Greer never allowed a base runner to reach third and got a pair of double plays behind him.

Alex Prayner got the party started with an RBI single in the second inning. Wasilla struck for three more runs in the fourth inning, with one run coming home on a wild pitch and the other two on an error.

Brown went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs, including one in the fourth that made it 5-0.

Jacob Hansen and Ty Dudley each had a base hit and scored two runs apiece. Pedro Camacho was 2-for-2 with two walks and three stolen bases. Wasilla had 10 steals as a team.

West got base hits from Cyrus Clendaniel, Joey Walker and pinch-hitter Gabe Catterinichio.

Starting pitcher Athena Clendaniel threw six innings and struck out three batters, including one to end the second inning and another to end the third inning.

Matson Invitational Tournament Awards

TOP PITCHER AWARD
Dayton Greer, Wasilla Post 35
Big games define a top pitcher, and you don't get any bigger than a championship game. This standout right-hander certainly raised to the occasion, throwing six shutout innings to help his team win a title and clinch a berth in a regional tournament. The only thing that stopped him was a pitch count.

GOLD GLOVE AWARD
Zack Barnhart, East Post 34
Mr. Versatile, Barnhart played the toughest positions around the diamond; from shortstop to catcher to pitcher. He had six assists, 13 putouts and threw out one baserunner trying to steal a bag.

BIG STICK
Pedro Camacho, Wasilla Post 35
Just call this tournament the Matson Monster Mash. In week dominated by sluggers, Camacho managed to stand out - from the bottom of the order, no less. He led the tournament 9 RBIs, including five in one game. He also had a double. And a triple. From the 6 hole. Oh, and he hit .538 in the tournament.

MVP AWARD
Nolan Murphy, Wasilla Post 35
Murphy hit in the middle of the lineup and was usually in the middle of the action. His bat is so wicked, he leaves pitchers in a spell.
He led the tournament with two home runs, tied for second with 8 RBIs and ranked No. 1 with 9 runs scored. He also had a double. And batted .467. He hits cleanup for a reason.

 

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