South Post 4 rallies to beat Seattle club team in Spokane

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jul 5, 2012

The first-place Alaska Legion AA team today won its first game at the 30-team Spokane Fourth of July Classic in Washington.

South Post 4 rallied to beat Seattle club team Prep Sportswear, 8-4, in a game that featured gutsy pitching, clutch hitting and a steal of home.

"This win was huge," South manager Russ Baker said. "Most of the teams down here are select teams. I talked to one coach that had 200 players try out for 18 spots.

"This Seattle team, they play year around. They target wood bat tournaments. They are very skilled at the small ball, bunting and base stealing."

Starting pitcher Brad Butcher went the distance, needing just 81 pitches for his complete game. He survived a four-run first inning by responding with six shutout innings.

South took the lead for good in the third inning, keyed by Matt Ilalio’s RBI triple, Conner Cucullu’s 2-run double and Andy Schafer’s go-ahead RBI single.

In the seventh, South put the game away with three runs, highlighted by Bryan Baker’s stealing of home.

"We tried it a few times back when he was 11 and 12," Baker said with a laugh. "It was sweet."

South leads the Alaska Legion AA division by just four points in the standings over Wasilla Post 35.