South beats Wyoming 14-3 on Day 1 of NWCART Tournament

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Aug 9, 2013

After losing a heartbreaker in the state championship game, the South Post 4 Wolverines didn’t go to the NWCART Tournament in Wheatland, Wyoming, feeling like it was a consolation prize.

They were proud to represent Alaska and it showed in the first game.

South ran all over the host Wheatland Lobos 14-3 in a game shortened to seven innings because of the mercy rule. It was a bit of good news for Alaska Legion on a day when Chugiak lost 18-1 to Waipahu, Hawaii, and was eliminated from the Northwest Regional in Eugene, Oregon.

“I think the Wheatland team kind of thought we’d be an easy opponent to roll over and I think they really underestimated us. It was a big win,” said South shortstop Bryan Baker. “They had pegged themselves as a dominant team. Apparently they got their first choice of opponent and they wanted to go after us, so it was kind of a sweet little victory.”

Baker hammered a solo home run in the first inning over the 350 sign in left center.

“The kid was going to a lot of off-speed pitches, trying to get me to chase outside and he tried to go back inside on me with a fastball,” Baker said. “He didn’t have overpowering stuff. That ball carried quite a ways.”

South’s offensive outburst was more than enough support for starter Josh Crapps, who pitched a complete game.

“To be honest, he was dominant out there today,” Baker said of his buddy. “As far as them making solid contact with the ball, it just wasn’t there tonight.”

Crapps pitched like the ace he is.

“Oh man he was great up there,” Baker added. “It’s nice having someone up there with that much experience pitching. He’s temperament on the mound … he’s so relaxed, even when it’s a pressure situation. He really doesn’t get nervous up there.”

South [26-8] advanced to the winner’s bracket semifinals where it will face Montana in Saturday night’s marquee matchup.