South rallies to grab final BP Invitational semifinal berth

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jul 13, 2013

Jacob Crapps didn’t want to be a hero. He just wanted a base hit.

Both happened and now South Post 4 is in the semifinals of the 19th annual BP Invitational.

Crapps lined a two-run double in the top of the seventh inning to account for the winning runs as South beat Woodinville [WA] Post 127 by a 7-5 score in a thrilling back-and-forth game on a sunny Saturday night at Mulcahy Stadium.

Crapps wasn’t exactly dying to bat with the game on the line.

“Jake turns to me and says, ‘All the pressure is on me and I don’t like that,’ ” said South’s Andy Schafer. “Then he goes out and smacks a double.”

Crapps ripped a fastball down the left-field line to score Spencer Floyd and Bryan Baker with the go-ahead runs.

After the game, he laughed about the exchange with Schafer. But he wasn't laughing at the time, not with his team down to its last out. Yet, even with Crapps down to his last strike, he stepped up to deliver the biggest hit of his American Legion career.

"It felt better than it would against one of the teams up here, just because it's an Outside team and they were pretty good," Crapps said.

South’s Andrew Martin added an RBI single in the seventh, capping the team’s three-run inning. Nick Jensen earned the win in relief of starter Sage Dudick.

“Sage threw one helluva game for the first five innings,” said Schafer. “And Nick did a really good job to hold them.”

Schafer was among several South players to show some glove love. The Wolverines had Shafer and Baker making slick plays in the infield and Martin and Matt Illalio making great catches in the outfield.

In Sunday's first semifinal at 11:45 a.m., South [18-6] will face East Texas Canes of Texarkana, the only undefeated team in pool play. They are 3-0 in the BP Invitational and 7-0 since arriving in Alaska.

Texarkana [26-3] already won the Bill Miller Big Fish Wood Bat Tournament in Kenai, the third of four legs in the Alaska Airlines Tournament Tour.

Sunday's second semifinal will pit Chugiak Post 33 against Napoleon [OH] Post 300 at 2:15 p.m.

Chugiak [14-14-1] edged Dimond Post 21 by a tiebreaker, winning fewest runs against [17-19].

The 19th annual BP Invitational championship game is scheduled for Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at Mulcahy Stadium.

SUNDAY'S GAMES

9:15AM Service vs. Dimond

11:45AM Semifinals: Texarkana [TX] vs. South

2:15PM Semifinals: Chugiak vs. Napoleon [OH]

5:00PM Eagle River vs. Woodinville [WA]

7:30PM Championship Game***

***Radio game [93.7-FM, www.everybodysstation.com]

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