NWCART Game 2: Juneau (AK) 14, Palmer (AK) 10

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Aug 6, 2021

NWCART Game 2

Juneau (AK) 14, Palmer (AK) 10

Olin Rawson, Christian Ludeman and Joseph Aline combined for seven RBIs and Juneau banged out 15 hits to win this slugfest that looked like a football score on Day 1 of the Northwest Class A Regional Tournament at Mulcahy Stadium.

The Midnight Suns led 10-0 at one point and put up four crooked numbers on the scoreboard en route to posting their 20th win of the season.

Rawson was a major catalyst, driving in three runs in his first two plate appearances. He had a two-run single in the first inning and a sac fly in the second.

He also started the game and retired the first nine Palmer batters before Koen Leaders singled to lead off the fourth inning.

Juneau scored early and often, putting across three runs in the first, three in the second, four in the third and four in the fifth.

Porter Nelson and Austin McCurley each had three hits and scored two runs. Kai Schmidt and Landon Simonson also had RBIs for the Midnight Suns (20-7).

With Juneau leading 10-6, the Ludeman bros, Christian and Kasen, went to work. Big bro Christian laced an RBI single to make it 12-6 and Kasen came up big with a two-run single to increase the lead to 14-6.

Palmer trailed 10-0 and were 0-for-9 at the plate before turning up the energy to create some excitement.

The Pioneers were 6-for-12 across the fourth and fifth innings and pulled within 10-6. Brayden Parrent had a double and Colten Haase had a standup triple while Landon Guggenmos, Leaders and Parrent also had RBIs. Leaders was 3-for-5 to lead a seven-hit attack.

Palmer also turned two double plays on defense in the second and fourth innings.

The Pioneers (15-15) have only nine players and never stopped charging, eventually turning a laugher into nail bitter as they brought the tying run to the plate with two outs in the seventh inning.