NWCART Game 4: Cody (WY) 7, Wasilla (AK) 2

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

NWCART Game 4

Cody (WY) 7, Wasilla (AK) 2

Tyler Grenz pitched a one-hitter over six innings and retired 16 of the final 17 batters he faced as the Cubs posted their 46th win of the season on Day 1 of the Northwest Class A Regional Tournament at Mulcahy Stadium.

Grenz was great as the rocket right-hander used his fastball to blow the doors off the Road Warriors, racking up nine strikeouts. He struck out the side in the second inning and had two Ks in each of the fourth and fifth innings.

His only blemish came on a blast off the bat of Byson Malave, who crushed a hanging curveball off the left-field wall in the first inning to give Wasilla a quick 1-0. The run was unearned but it was still an accomplishment against a guy who came into the game with a sub-1 ERA.

Grenz actually lowered his ERA after tonight’s performance, giving up an unearned run in the first and then slamming the door with five shutout innings. The only baserunner he allowed after that triple came on a hit by pitch that grazed Ty Dudley’s jersey.

With the win, Cody (46-13) extracted a measure of revenge against Wasilla, which had defeated the Cubs 6-2 on their home field at the 2019 NWCART. Mulcahy isn’t exactly Wasilla’s backyard, but they do call the big house home.

This is Cody’s third trip to Anchorage for the NWCART after previously coming in 2007 and 2014. The Cubs reached the 2014 title game and marched into the winner’s bracket thanks to the pitching of Grenz and a 10-hit attack.

It’s easy to get lost in this Cody lineup but No. 8 hitter Chance Moss found a way to stand out after driving in three runs. He had two-out, two-run single in the third inning and an RBI single in the fifth inning.

Tristan Blatt's RBI double tied the game 1-1 in the first inning and Grady McCarten's two-out single gave Cody the lead for good. Then Moss added to it and the Cubs never looked back.

Ethan Johnston drove in his team's seventh run with a two-out, run-scoring base knock. Cody had four two-out RBIs.

Wasilla ran into a buzz saw tonight but continued to grind and got a run off the bullpen in the seventh inning, highlighted by a little two-out magic by Pedro Camacho and Alex Prayner. Camacho singled, took second on defensive indifference and scored on Prayner’s single.

Wasilla starter Dayton Greer battled for 4.2 innings, scattering six hits and five walks, and dancing around some powerful bats. The Cubs start four batters hitting above .400 and have two guys with double-figure home run totals.

The Road Warriors (14-15) are back in the NWCART since their historic 2019 run when Wasilla became the first Alaska team to advance to the championship game of a regional tournament.

 

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