South to represent Alaska in final four at BP Invitational
Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jul 12, 2014
It was the longest game in 20 years of the BP Invitational, and one of the greatest too.
South Post 4 and Columbia Post 19 of Tennessee played to a 4-4 tie Saturday at Mulcahy Stadium, packing 10 innings into the 2-hour, 15-minute time limit. Tournament games are seven innings, except the championship game.
South led 1-0. Columbia led 2-1. South led 3-2. Tennessee tied it with two outs in the bottom of the ninth and in the tenth had a player thrown out at the plate trying to score from third on a wild pitch.
Columbia’s Will Norwood went 3-for-5 and clubbed a solo home run. Teammate Taylor Gilbert also was 3-for-5. Starter Ben Wright pitched nine innings with seven Ks.
Five of South’s 13 hits went for extra bases and four players had two hits apiece [Nick Jensen, Spencer Floyd, Jake Crapps and Max Micks.]
South’s victory – coupled with Chugiak Post 33’s 9-0 victory over Team Avenue Academy – vaulted the Wolverines into Sunday’s semifinals of the BP Invitational, the marquee event of the Alaska Airlines Tournament Tour.
South will face the Colchester Cannons of Vermont in the second semifinal at 2:15 p.m. Columbia will face the Strathmore Reds of Alberta, Canada, in the first semifinal at 11:45 a.m.
Sunday’s championship game is at 7:30 p.m.
Colchester was the lone team to win all three games in pool play, culminating with an 8-2 win over Eagle River in the morning game.
Nick Lamphere went 3-for-4, Jared Rylant tripled and had two RBIs, and Brett McAllister drove in three runs.
Eagle River’s runs were batted in by Mike Rosenberg and Cameron Fabacher. RJ Dirscherl swiped three bags.
Columbia played twice Saturday; Post 19 also beat Team Avenue 6-1 after its game against South.
The team from Tennessee scored three runs in each of the fourth and sixth innings to secure a spot in the semifinals and run its unbeaten streak at the BP Invitational to eight games [7-0-1].
Columbia won the 2012 BP trophy under manager Mickey McKeel.
In Chugiak’s win, starting pitching Jimmy Lanier tossed a four-hit shutout against the team that won last week’s Todd Ryan Memorial Tournament in Wasilla as part of the Alaska Airlines Tournament Tour.
Lanier walked one and struck out four. His teammates managed five hits, with three of them being doubles. Deven Ferriss and Matthew Hess each had 2 RBIs.
In the nightcap, the Strathmore Reds hung on to beat a hard-charging Dimond Post 21 squad by a 5-4 score. The Lynx scored all four runs over the sixth and seventh innings and ended the game with the tying run at third base.
Dustin Caplett collected three RBIs for the winners. Starter Quentin Kopjar got the win and Aaron McCarty earned a four-out save.
Here is Sunday's BP Invitational schedule at Mulcahy Stadium:
9:15 AM Dimond Post 21 vs. Team Avenue [CA]
11:45 AM Strathmore [CAN] vs. Columbia Post 19 [TN]
2:15 PM Colchester [VT] vs. South Post 4
5 PM Eagle River vs. Chugiak Post 33
**7:30 PM Championship game [winners of 11:45 a.m. & 2:15 p.m. semifinals]
This story was written by Van Williams, a freelance writer in Anchorage and the ALB Media Director.