Service, Kenai, Wasilla, Juneau win on Day 1 of State Tourney
Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jul 26, 2016
Service 8, South 4
Have a day, Ben Clayton.
The Service player banged out three hits, pitched six innings and drove in two runs as the sixth-seeded Post 28 Cougars upset No. 3 South Post 4.
Clayton started the game and held South to one run over the first six innings. He was chased in the seventh after giving up his second run.
Cobey Cupp pitched the final three innings to collect the save.
Carsen Sandau went 3-for-4 and Michael Yandell finished with three RBIs for Service. The Cougars scored all eight runs from the fifth through the ninth.
South's Julito Fazzini had three of his team's eight hits. Only one run was earned of the four surrendered by starter Tony Maioriello.
Kenai 6, Dimond 3
The second-seeded Post 20 Twins erupted for four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to rally by an upset-minded Post 21 squad.
Kenai trailed 3-2 entering the second-to-last inning before Joe Becher and Gavin Petterson each walked, then stole a base. Becher came home on a balk and Petterson scored the go-ahead run.
The bottom of the order came up clutch as Mason Prior, Tyler Covey and Cody Qulland combined for four hits, two runs and an RBI.
Calvin Hills went 2-for-5 with two RBIs and picked up the win with 1.1 innings of middle relief. Becher pitched the ninth for the save.
Dimond's Kyle Henrickson went 2-for-4 with a run and RBI. Dylan Montagna drove in the other run for the Lynx.
Wasilla 9, Chugiak 6
In a back and forth game that saw four lead changes in the first seven innings, Wasilla Post 35 capitalized on some miscues in the eighth inning to pull away from Chugiak Post 33.
The Road Warriors plated six runs thanks to RBIs from William Boyer, Samuel Reed and Matthew Palmer.
Wasilla starter Austin Robertson pitched well in a no decision. He allowed just one earned run over six innings.
Boyer picked up the win with three innings of relief.
Chugiak avoided a major scare in the top of the sixth inning when pitching ace Cody Curfman took a line drive off the head - the ball actually carromed into the outfield and was caught in the outfield grass by shortstop Charlie Bucolo.
Curfman came out as pitcher but stayed in the game and actually scored the tying run in the bottom half of the sixth inning.
Matthew Hess had three hits and four teammates had two hits apiece.
Juneau 16, Ketchikan 1
Top-seeded Juneau Post 25 flexed its muscles over Southeast rival Ketchikan Post 3 in seven innings.
Threes were wild for Quin Gist, who went 3-for-3, scored three runs and drove in three runs.
Stefan Beedle also had three RBIs for Juneau and Alexander Muir also scored three times.
Midnight Suns starter Jake Tanner scattered three hits and three walks over seven innings of work.
Ketchikan's Shawn Sande drove in his team's lone run.
This story was written by Van Williams, a freelance writer in Anchorage an the ALB Media Director.