South falls to Oregon, finishes 3rd at NWCART Tournament

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Aug 12, 2013

The remarkable run by South Post 4 came to an end at the NWCART Tournament in Wheatland, Wyoming, falling 17-10 to Central Point, Oregon, on Day 4.

But the Wolverines definitely had their chances.

South rapped out 17 hits and drew nine walks, but stranded 16 base runners. It was a sour end to a great ride, but it shouldn’t take away from a sweet season.

South earned a state-best 28 victories, beat a total of three Outside teams and placed third at the NWCART Tournament, one of the best finishes by an Alaska team.

“I am a lucky man that had the honor to coach this team," South manager Russ Baker said. "I received many compliments on the sportsmanship and great play of the South team. Coming here with only 12 players and hitting as well as we did is a credit to the men on this team that focused on their opponents.

“The team was determined to battle in every game and we accomplished that goal. It has been a great career in Legion for several South players and I wish them the best as they move forward in life."

The Wolverines plated 51 runs in four games, second only to Oregon’s 57 in tournament play.

South players were all over the bases tonight. Andrew Martin and Spencer Floyd had RBIs in the first inning. Floyd and Josh Crapps had RBIs in the fifth. In the seventh Nick Jensen and Andy Schafer drove in runs. In the eighth Brandon Hayhurst’s single led to another run. And in the ninth Martin, Floyd and Crapps drove in runs. Crapps was 4-for-4.

South’s third-place finish reminded everybody that Alaska can play baseball.

Great timing, too.

Anchorage will host the NWCART Tournament next year.