State: Dimond, West move into undefeated territory

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jul 28, 2018

State Tournament

Game 8: West 10, Kodiak 3

Ivan Tillman shrugged off an early error to pitch beautifully over six innings and Nicko Opinsky drove in three runs as the Post 1 Eagles won beat the upstart Post 15 Bears in the winner's bracket in the 66th ALB State Tournament at Mulcahy Stadium.

 

Tillman's throwing error allowed the first inning to extend and Nathan James made him pay with a two-run single to spot Kodiak a quick lead.

 

After that, though, Tillman threw five consecutive shutout innings, getting key strikeouts, popups and groundouts when he needed it most

 

The game was tight until the fourth and fifth innings when West hung back-to-back crooked numbers.

 

Declan Dammeyer went 3-for-4, Revy Mack, Leland Wilson and Opinsky each had two hits. Sam Lebo doubled and had two RBIs.

 

West improved to 2-0 at the state tournament for the first time since 1988. The Eagles are 17-13 overall.

 

Kodiak won its first game at state since 1986 last night with a stunning upset of No. 1 Juneau.

 

Want more 1980s fun facts? West and Kodiak haven't played at state since 1981.

 

Anders Hocum, Jack Malloy and Luke James each scored runs and pitcher Hunter Ewell pitched two shutout innings of relief.

Kodiak 200 000 1 - 3 6 2

West 100 540 x - 10 13 2

Kodiak - Walton, L.James (4), Ewell (5) and N.James. West - Tillman, Nunez (7) and Dammeyer. W - Tillman. L - Walton. 2B - Lebo (W), N.Opinsky (W). 3B - Wilson (W). HR - None.

Game 7: Dimond 4, Chugiak 1

Post 21 ace Jake Andresen dealt a 4-hit gem with seven strikeouts over 5.2 innings and added an RBI double to help his own cause to highlight his team's winner's bracket victory over Post 33 in the 66th ALB State Tournament at Mulcahy Stadium.

 

He got out of first inning jam thanks to a double play and escaped a bases-loaded jam in the third inning with a flyout.

 

Andresen has now pitched eight innings over two games, striking out seven and allowing one run (which was unearned).

 

The Dimond coaches have been stragetic with his pitch count over the last two days to maximize the college-bound right-hander for as long as possible.

 

Andresen and his battery mate Jack Dolan each drove in runs with base hits in the first inning to spot the Lynx a 2-0 lead.

 

Chugiak scratched out a run in the fifth inning after Justin Nevells singled, advanced to third on an error and scored on a sac fly from cleanup hitter DJ Davis.

 

In the next half inning, Raythan Robbins doubled in a run and later scored to push Dimond's lead to 4-1.

 

Lynx closer Kaden Roettger got the final four outs to save Dimond’s 23rd win of the summer. The Lynx are 2-0 at state for the third time this decade, with 2014 and 2011 being the other two.

Chugiak 000 010 0 - 1 4 1

Dimond 200 020 x - 4 4 1

Chugiak - Frizelle, Schackleford (4), J.Nevells (6) and Costanios. Dimond - Andresen, Knowlton (6), Roettger (6) and Dolan. W - Andresen. L - Frizelle. S - Roettger. 2B - Bull (C), Andresen (D), Robbins (D). 3B - None. HR - None.

Game 6: Juneau 6, South 3

Pitching from Phil Wall and batting from Kasey Watts proved to be a lethal 1-2 punch as the Post 25 Midnight Suns eliminated the Post 4 Wolverines in a loser-out game at the 66th ALB State Tournament at Mulcahy Stadium.

 

Wall spun five innings of 2-hit ball and retired 10 straight batters over the first, second, third and fourth innings.  He carried a shutout into the sixth inning.

 

Juneau’s defense turned two double plays – one for Wall and another for reliever Robert Cox to end the game.

 

The top-ranked Midnight Suns bounced back from last night’s stunning 3-1 loss to No. 8 Kodiak, snapping the team’s 21-game winning streak.

 

Kasey Watts went 2-for-3 and finished with three RBIs. The cleanup hitter also laid down a sac bunt in the first inning, which led to more runs.

 

Watts is a combination of power and precision.

 

Donavin McCurley went 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs. Zeb Storie and Cox added RBIs. Michael Cesar scored twice

 

South's Terren Sugita had RBI and Lian Lincoln doubled, walked and scored. Gage Webster and Derrick McGinnis also scored runs for South, which ended the season (23-10).

South 000 001 2 - 3 4 0

Juneau 330 000 x - 6 7 2

South - Nix, Webster (2) and Costello. Juneau - Wall, Cox (6) and Cesar. W - Wall. L - Nix. 2B - Lincoln (S), Cox (J), McCurley (J), Z.Storie (J). 3B - None. HR - None.

Game 5: Kenai 6, Service 5

Jacob Boze cleared the bases with a double to key a four-run fifth inning and Adam Brinster pitched six strong innings as the Post 20 Twins eliminated the Post 28 Cougars in the 66th ALB State Tournament at Mulcahy Stadium.

 

Brinster got the rally started for Kenai with an RBI single that broke a 2-2 tie. Later in the fifth, Boze came up with the bases loaded and laced the first pitch he saw over the head of the left fielder for an extra-base hit and a 6-2 cushion.

 

The Twins needed every run as Service battled back to make a game of it down the stretch. It’s fitting for a long rivalry between championship programs that have met 22 times in the state tournament since 1983. It’s now tied 11-11.

 

Brinster struck out six batters and scattered eight hits over his pitching performance. He worked out of innings with a runner in scoring position in four of the first five innings.

 

Austin Ap worked a perfect seventh for the save.

 

Asp also scored two runs. Harris Metz and Trapper Thompson each had two hits.

 

Service's Carsen Sandau went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Chris Malagodi went 2-for-4 with an RI and two runs scored.

 

Sandau delivered RBIs in the third and fifth innings. Henry Helgeson doubled and later scored his team's final run in the sixth inning. Service finished the season 15-15.

Kenai 000 240 0 6 9 0

Service 002 021 0 - 5 8 0

Kenai - Brinster, Asp (7) and Boze, Smith (6). Service - Jaidinger, Klancher (5), Giffen (6) and Malagodi. W - Brinster. L - Jaidinger. S - Asp. 2B - Boze (K), Helgeson (S), Malagodi (S). 3B - None. HR - None.