Sitka, South advance to state title game in '14 rematch

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jun 2, 2017

Sitka 3, Wasilla 0

Vaughn Blankenship lived up to his name and blanked the Wasilla Warriors with a two-hit beauty in the state semifnals at Mulcahy Stadium.

He issued two walks and struck out 11 batters, leading the Wolves into the state championship game for the first time since 2014.

Wasilla's Hank Boyer had a great game, pitching 6.2 innings and collecting his team's only two base hits.

He allowed three runs in the top of the first inning and shut it down after that.

Sitka's Dayton Cropper, Ky Stockel and Morgan Simic finished with RBIs.

South 14, Lathrop 8

Jonny Homza and Parker Johnson were the top two players in the Cook Inlet Conference this season and the two senior studs came up big to pad an early lead that carried the Wolverines in the state semifnals at Mulcahy Stadium.

South [18-0] punched its ticket to the state final -- the program's fifth consecutive year.

The win extended the team's winning streak to 21 games.

Homza - a two-time Gatorade Alaska Player of the Year - hit a home run and triple and finished with three RBIs.

Johnson - who is headed to Indiana Wesleyan University in the fall - went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBIs.

Lathrop's Colin King flexed his muscles with a double, triple and four RBIs.

South and Sitka played in the 2014 state championship game, a 11-10 victory by the Wolves in a game played in Sitka.

Service, Juneau survive

The Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears and Service Cougars each won in the consolation round to survive to play one more day.

Juneau beat Colony 20-16 in a slugfest that featured 36 runs, 27 hits, 25 walks and 19 runners left on base.

Luke Malinger had a day, going 2-for-4 with five RBIs. Bryce Swofford drove in three runs and the top four Juneau batters combined to score 12 runs.

Colony's Joe Ryan, Kolter Ketchem, Cooper Smith and Jeremy Allen each had three RBIs.

Service used a strong pitching performance and an eight-run fourth inning to secure a 15-5 win over West Valley.

Klancher allowed just one earned run over six innings of work.

Cooper Bailey-Parsons went 3-for-5 with five RBIs. Freshman Kyle Andrew went 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI.

Saturday's schedule

@Mulcahy Stadium

10 AM Service vs. Juneau-Douglas

12:30 PM Wasilla vs. Lathrop

3PM CHAMPIONSHIP South vs. Sitka