NWCART Game 14: Marsh Valley (ID) 14, Wasilla (AK) 1
Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Aug 10, 2021
NWCART Game 14
Marsh Valley (ID) 14, Wasilla (AK) 1
Wasilla lost the game but placed third in the Northwest Class A Regional Tournament - the highest finish among the five Alaska teams in the field. Wasilla has finished third and second in the last two NWCARTs – the greatest two-year postseason run by a team from Alaska.
One loss shouldn’t overshadow that.
Wasilla finished 3-2 in the tournament and scored Alaska’s lone win over an Outside team after dispatching Cody (WY) in a dramatic 11-10 nail-biter. The Road Warriors also eliminated Palmer and South. Wasilla’s only losses came to the Wyoming state champs on Day 1 and the Idaho state champs on Day 5.
It’s an incredible turnaround for a Wasilla squad that had finished the regular season ranked 10th out of 15 teams in Alaska.
This was the last Legion game for Wasilla head coach Ken Ottinger, who said he’s stepping away to focus on family and fishing next summer. Ottinger leaves behind quite the legacy as Wasilla went 23-7 in the postseason the last four seasons and in 2019 became the first Alaska team to advance to the championship game of a regional tournament.
Wasilla (16-17) had plenty of starts in this year’s NWCART title run.
Pedro Camacho hit .385 and threw out two baserunners, including one from his knees. Andre Brown batted .375 and had five RBIs. Alex Prayner led the team with seven RBIs. Nolan Murphy hit a home run and had five RBIs.
Marsh Valley – which went on to beat Gallatin Valley (MT) in the NWCART title game – got a 4-hitter from pitcher James Bodily. Payton Howe went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and Daxton Woodmancy doubled in a pair of runs for the Eagles (40-4).