Napoleon rallies late, beats Service 8-3 for Todd Ryan title
Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jul 7, 2013
Napoleon [Ohio] Post 300 scored five unanswered runs over the final two innings to pull away from Service Post 28 in an 8-3 win in the title game of the Todd Ryan Memorial Tournament in Wasilla.
“Great team win,” Napoleon coach Shane Coleman said. “We played really well today and I’m proud of our effort.”
The game was back and forth until the River Bandits broke it open in the sixth and seventh.
“We really focus on quality at-bats and I thought we did a great job today one through nine,” Coleman said. “We had some guys swinging it really well. For me to pinpoint one guy offensively wouldn’t be fair to all of them.”
Napoleon is now 5-0 since arriving in Alaska.
Service made a strong showing in the championship game, matching the River Bandits run for run through the first five innings. Former Gatorade Player of the Year Zach Ferntheil went 2 for 3 with a double, run scored and RBI, and starting pitcher Karson Frisk held his own on the mound.
“He’s a workhorse,” said Service coach Willie Paul. “He pounds the zone and lets his defense keep him in ballgames.”
Two weeks ago, Frisk threw a gem against a Nebraska team at the Battle of Omaha.
He nearly did it again before Napoleon flipped the switch and made adjustments the third time through the order.
It was the second Todd Ryan championship for the River Bandits since 2011.
“It’s always fun to come up here,” Coleman said. “The reason we come is to face some good competition and create some team chemistry that we’ll need in order to have success at the end of the season. We faced some real nice competition at this tournament and any time you can win a title, it’s a great thing.”