Napoleon wins Todd Ryan, sweeps AK tournament tour

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Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jul 4, 2022

Backed by a 23-hit attack, the Napoleon Post 300 River Bandits of Ohio used a late-game rally to propel them to a 22-8 victory in the championship game of the Todd Ryan Memorial Tournament in Wasilla.

The Buffalo Post 270 Cobras of Minnesota and Napoleon combined for 30 runs and 10 extra-base hits.

The teams were tied 7-7 entering the sixth inning before the Bandits got busy.

Napoleon (28-4) scored eight runs in the sixth and six more in the seventh in a 14-run explosion that carried the team to the title.

DJ Newman went 4-for-5 with a home run, double and three RBIs. Wade Liffick was 4-for-5 and drove in two runs.

Sluggers Luke Krouse (2-for-5) and Abram Delano (3-for-6) each had four RBIs.

Buffalo (11-9) banged out 11 hits and tied the game at 7 after scoring four runs.

Evan Soeffker had a game for the ages – home run, two doubles and six RBIs.

Caleb Breuer was 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.

Buffalo wrapped up its Alaska trip with a 6-6 record, finishing sixth in Anchorage, third in Kenai and second in Wasilla.

Yesterday, the Cobras handed Napoleon its only loss in 12 games in Alaska, snapping the Bandits’ 14-game winning streak in The Last Frontier dating back to 2019.

Napoleon stole the show this year, becoming just the third team in 20 years to win the Alaska Airlines Tournament Tour triple crown in Anchorage, Kenai and Wasilla.

Alaska Airlines Tournament Tour Triple Crown Winners

  • 2011 – Napoleon (OH)
  • 2015 – Castroville (TX)
  • 2022 – Napoleon (OH)

Napoleon became the first team to win the Todd Ryan Memorial Tournament four times, snapping a tie with Wasilla Post 35.

This was the highest scoring tournament title game since 2018, when Lone Peak (UT) beat Ketchikan 18-11.

In 2016, Wasilla beat Lanakila (HI) 15-7.

Todd Ryan Memorial Tournament Champions

  • 2022 – Napoleon (OH)
  • 2020-2021 – No Tournament
  • 2019 – Napoleon (OH)
  • 2018 – Lone Peak (UT)
  • 2017 – Walla Walla (WA)
  • 2016 – Wasilla (AK)
  • 2015 – Castroville (TX)
  • 2014 – Team Avenue (CA)
  • 2013 – Napoleon (OH)
  • 2012 – Castroville (TX)
  • 2011 – Napoleon (OH)
  • 2010 – Rained out
  • 2009 – Dimond (AK)
  • 2008 – Rained out
  • 2007 – Excelsior (MN)
  • 2006 – Wasilla (AK)
  • 2005 – East (AK)
  • 2004 – West Warwick (RI)
  • 2003 – Wasilla (AK)
  • 2002 – Kenai (AK)
  • 2001 – West Warwick (RI)
  • 2000 – Service (AK)