Napoleon (OH) clinches Classic's final berth to semis
Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jun 25, 2022
Alaska 529 Midseason Classic @ Mulcahy Stadium Day 3 of 4
Napoleon (OH) 7, Dimond 1
We won't forget the name Jackson Bergman anytime soon after the big right-hander flirted with the tournament strikeout record in six dominating innings.
The 6-foot-6 pitcher racked up 13 strikeouts, one shy of the record set in 2011 by Zach Ferntheil of Service Post 28.
Bergman allowed three hits and one walk. He struck out the side in the third and fifth innings, and had two Ks in each of the first, second and fourth innings.
The River Bandits (19-3, 3-0 Pool A) banged out 11 hits and flexed some muscle with three doubles and a triple, with two of them coming on back-to-back at-bats.
DJ Newman went 3-for-3 with two doubles, two RBIs, a stolen base and three runs.
Tanner Rubenstein was 2-for-3 with three RBIs and Dan Schmetz was 2-for-3.
Napoleon can beat opponents many ways, like blasts or bloops. Or bunts.
Tylor Yahraus executed a sensational safety squeeze to drive in a run and make it 3-1 in the second inning. Newman's RBI double made it 4-1 in the fourth inning when the River Bandits pulled away.
Dimond flashed some glove love, turning a 5-2-3 double play to get out of a bases-loaded jam in the first inning and getting nice catches from left fielder Eli Lipinski to end the second, third, and fourth innings.
Lipinski's best catch was a sliding grab near the warning track to rob slugger Breven Deckrosh of extra bases.
Catcher Kenton Cooke went 2-for-3 and threw out a runner trying to steal second for the Lynx (6-8, 0-3 Pool A).
Napoleon(OH) 11, Chugiak 1
Nate Atkins pitched all five innings and Chase Clark drove in four runs, keyed by a three-run triple in the second inning. Clark, Ethan Steinke and Nolan Schafer each went 2-for-3.