NWCART Game 12: Wasilla (AK) 11, Cody (WY) 10
Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Aug 9, 2021
NWCART Game 12
Wasilla (AK) 11, Cody (WY) 10
Wasilla scored seven runs with two outs in the top of the seventh inning to erase an 8-4 deficit then hung on in the bottom half, ending the game on a 9-6 double play to eliminate the Cody Cubs from the Northwest Class A Regional Tournament.
Alex Prayner’s two-run single put the Road Warriors ahead for good at 9-8 and they tacked on two more on a Brandon Hina’s RBI single and an error to carry an 11-8 lead into the bottom of the seventh.
Cody’s Jack Schroeder completed his 4-for-4 night at the dish with an RBI single that pulled the Wyoming state champs within 11-9. The Cubs had the bases loaded with one out when Dominic Phillips hit a flyball to right field. It was far enough to drive in one run from third, but the baserunner at second was called out for leaving the base too early and the game ended on a 9-6 double play.
With the win, Wasilla survived and advanced. The Road Warriors have been the ultimate tournament team under head coach Ken Ottinger, who is 23-6 in postseason games dating back to 2018.
Wasilla avenged a 7-2 loss to Cody on Day 1 and gave Alaska its first win over a Lower 48 team in six games at this year's NWCART.
This is the second straight year Wasilla has advanced to the final day of the NWCART. In 2019, the Road Warriors marched all the way to the title game to become the first Alaska team to reach the championship game of a regional tournament. There was no tournament in 2020 so that doesn’t count.
Wasilla (16-16) wasn’t supposed to get this far. The team didn’t make the state tournament, forcing Wasilla to win the Matson Invitational to qualify for the NWCART. Then the Road Warriors lost on Day 1, forcing them to win three straight games – first beating Palmer for the first time in five meetings this season; then beating Alaska's regular-season No. 1 seed South; and then coming back from the dead to shock Cody.
Cody led 8-4 with two outs in the seventh before an error left the door open for Wasilla to come storming back. Wasilla seems to be a team of destiny at this point after coming back from deficits of 5-0 and 8-4.
Tristan Blatt crushed a solo home run over the left-field fence at Bartlett High School to give Cody (47-15) a 5-0 lead. Cody loaded the bases in the fifth inning with no outs but got only one run on Tyler Grenz's bases-loaded walk. Chance Moss gave his team an 8-4 advantage with a sac fly in the sixth.
Wasilla didn't get on the scoreboard until the fifth inning when Jacob Hansen's RBI single made it 5-1. Next up was one of the biggest at-bats of the night as Andre Brown’s two-out, two-run single pulled Wasilla within 5-3 and capped an epic 12-pitch battle against Cody pitcher Devyn Engdahl, who threw six strong innings and was in line for the win.