NWCART Game 3: South (AK) 9, Service (AK) 1

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


South (AK) 9, Service (AK) 1

Kaden Bevegni hit a three-run homer and Joey Serra hit two doubles and scored four runs as South pulled away late on Day 1 of the Northwest Class A Regional Tournament at Mulcahy Stadium.

Bevegni ripped a bomb well over the left-field wall in the fifth inning to make the score 6-1. The reigning state tournament Big Stick Award winner now has 11 RBIs across his last five games.

Isaac Johnson struck out the side in the seventh inning to seal South’s 30th win of the season.

He was the ultimate table setter, reaching base in all four plate appearances. He walked and scored in the first, doubled and scored in the third, walked and scored in the fifth and doubled and scored in the sixth.

South’s 1-2 pitching duo of Hunter Masterson and Johnson combined on a 12-strikeout, two-hitter, with the lone running coming home on a passed ball.

Masterson started and pitched three scoreless innings, dancing around trouble to push his streak of 21 innings without allowing an earned run. He got a strikeout to end a base-loaded threat in the second and got a strikeout to end a second-and-third jam in the third.

Johnson finished up with four innings of one-run relief for the Wolverines (30-3). He too wiggled out of trouble, this time getting two strikeouts and a groundout after Service got a runner to second base with no outs in the fourth inning.

It was par for the course for Service. The Cougars stranded six runners over the first four innings and went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position.

Service starter Hutton Stiles did all he could to keep the game close. The lean lefty worked around some control issues and got some glove love from his catcher Coen Niclai, who threw out two baserunners.

Niclai threw out a runner trying to steal second base in the third inning. He picked off a runner at first base to end the fourth, helping Stiles get out of the inning on just four pitches and keeping the score 3-0.

Service (21-9) got on the scoreboard after manufacturing a run in the fifth inning when Carson Maltby walked, stole second base, moved to third on a groundout and scored on passed ball.

But then in the bottom half, Bevegni went big fly and South cruised into the winner’s bracket.