Kodiak stuns No. 1 Juneau, first state win since '86

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jul 27, 2018

State Tournament

Game 4: Kodiak 3, Juneau 1

TJ Foxworthy and Jack Malloy helped orchestrate one of the biggest Legion upsets in years as the Post 17 Bears shocked the top-seeded Post 25 Midnight Suns in the 66th annual ALB State Tournament at Mulcahy Stadium.

 

The loss snapped Juneau’s 21-game winning streak dating back to June 8.

 

Kodiak is making its first appearance at the state tournament since 1992. It was the first win at the state tournament for The Rock since 1986.

 

Coach Derek Clarkston’s team is the first No. 8 seed to knock off a No. 1 since 2014 when South upset Wasilla, but this one feels different.

 

Kodiak finished 10 games behind Juneau in the regular season’s 18-game schedule. The defending state champion Midnight Suns (23-2) are stacked with college-ready stars – many of whom helped Juneau win the high school state title on June 2.

 

Still, baseball has a way of evening the playing field.

 

The game was scoreless through four innings. Finally, Juneau struck first in the bottom of the fifth inning on an RBI double from Evan Mendoza.

 

Kodiak (11-16) answered right back with a three-run rally in the sixth inning, thanks to five walks. Jace Crall was hit by pitch and then Nathan James and Shaun Walton walked to load the bases.

 

Khyler walked to knock in a run, Foxworthy laced a single and Mallory walked. Foxworthy’s hit was only his team’s second base knock for the game.

 

Malloy picked up the win in relief, pitching 3.2 innings and holding the league's top team to two hits and one run. Foxworthy started and was just as sharp, throwing a shutout for 3.1 innings.

Kodiak 000 003 0 - 3 2 0

Juneau 000 010 0 - 1 6 0

Kodiak - Foxworthy, Malloy (4) and James. Juneau - G.Storie, Echiverri (4), Z.Storie (6) and Cesar. W - Malloy. L - Echiverri. 2B - Mendoza (J). 3B - None. HR - None.

Game 3: Dimond 3, Kenai 2

Kaden Roettger and Jake Andresen drew back-to-back walks with the bases loaded to provide the cushion the Post 21 Lynx needed to escape the Post 20 Twins in the 66th annual ALB State Tournament at Mulcahy Stadium.

 

Dimond had five straight batters reach base in that pivotal fifth inning to extend its lead to 3-0. Isaiah Mills and Parker Coplin each walked and later scored. Raythan Robbins had the only base hit in that stretch.

 

Coplin also picked up the win with four innings of long relief. He came into the game in the third inning to replace starter Jake Andresen, who was pulled after just 30 pitches and seven outs, to make the ace available to pitch Saturday.

 

It was a gamble, but the move paid off for the No. 2 seed.

 

Kenai pitchers Harris Metz, Logan Smith and Austin Asp held Dimond to just three hits to keep the Twins in the game.

 

With one out in the seventh inning, Kenai made its move after Jacob Boze and Metz delivered consecutive singles. David Michael and Adam Brinster drove in runs to get Kenai close.

 

This was the third consecutive year these two teams have played at the Legion state tournament. In 2017, Dimond won 13-9. In 2016, Kenai won 6-3.

 

The two programs have combined to win 11 state championships.

Kenai 000 000 2 - 2 6 1

Dimond 100 020 x - 3 3 3

Kenai - Metz, Smith (5), Asp (6) and Smith, Boze (5). Dimond - Andresen, Coplin (3), Roettger (7) and Dolan. W - Coplin. L - Metz. 2B - Vanderwood (D). 3B - None. HR - None.

Game 2: West 4, South 3

Starter Luke Langnes pitched all seven innings and catcher Declan Dammeyer threw out a baserunner trying to steal second base in the seventh inning to protect the lead and push the Post 1 Eagles over the top in the 66th annual ALB State Tournament at Mulcahy Stadium.

 

Dammeyer threw out two base runners on the day and scored his team’s first run in the first inning after leading off the game with a walk.

 

Leland Wilson drove in a pair of runs and Thomas Zettler doubled and drove in a run for West (16-13).

 

Revy Mack scored twice in support of Langnes, who did not issue a walk and struck out a half dozen.

 

South's Ryan Bailey went 3-for-3, including an RBI single in the seventh inning to pull the Post 4 Wolverines (23-9) within a run.

 

Reid Brock went 2-for-3 with an RBI and Lian Lincoln went 1-for-4 with an RBI.

 

Lincoln singled on the pitch right after Dammeyer threw out the base runner in the seventh, putting extra emphasis on the defensive play as it thwarted the potential tying run from scoring.

 

This was the first-ever meeting between the two teams at the Legion state tournament.

West 201 010 0 - 4 7 0

South 002 000 1 - 3 8 2

West - Langnes and Dammeyer. South - Woodall, DeLesline (3) and Costello. W - Langnes. L - Woodall. 2B - Zettler (W), Bailey (S). 3B - None. HR - None.

Game 1: Chugiak 3, Service 2

Billy Smith reached on a hit by pitch to lead off the sixth inning and later scored the go-ahead run that helped Post 33 survive and advance in the 66th annual ALB State Tournament at Mulcahy Stadium.

 

Starter Garrett Nevells and closer Sam Hall did not allow an earned run over seven innings of work. Hall got the win, but Nevells did most of the heavy lifting.

 

Nevells scattered seven hits and two walks over five innings before leaving in a 2-2 tie. Hall worked the final two innings and shut the door on a two-on, two-out threat in the seventh to end the game.

 

Chugiak (21) won the game on just four hits. The first three hitters in the lineup - Christian Cambridge, Justin Nevells and Ian Frizelle - each got base hits and middle-of-the-order guys - Smith and Austin Bull - scored runs. Cambridge also scored.

 

Chugiak's defense threw out two Service baserunners at the plate.

 

Service's Jaren Childs pitched well enough to win but was victimized by poor defense. The right-hander struck out eight batters over six innings and allowed only one earned run. Five of the six inning he finished with at least one runner in scoring position.

 

Ronan Klancher went 3-for-3 and Chris Malagodi and Cobey Cupp each had an RBI for Post 28.

 

These are two of Alaska’s strongest programs with a combined 28 appearances in the state title game.

Service 000 200 0 - 2 9 3

Chugiak 110 001 x - 3 4 2

Service - Childs and Malagodi. Chugiak - G.Nevells, Hall (6) and Costanios. W - Hall. L - Childs. 2B - Klancher (S), Cambridge (C). 3B - None. HR - None.