State: Juneau blanks West, will play Dimond in final

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jul 31, 2018

State Tournament

Game 14: Juneau 7, West 0

Post 25 starter Kasey Watts pitched a 7-inning 3-hitter and faced the minimum over the final four innings to lift the Midnight Suns past Post 1 in a semifinal game at the 66th ALB State Tournament at Mulcahy Stadium. alaskalegion.com

 

The southpaw allowed only three singles, all coming with one out in the inning, and he didn’t allow a baserunner to go beyond second base. He also hit cleanup in the batting order, but the team didn’t need his bat. Just his left arm.

 

With the win, Watts lifted top-seeded Juneau into the state championship game against No. 2 seed Dimond at 6:15 p.m. Juneau won the Legion state championship a year ago and is now one win away from being the first team to repeat since Dimond in 2011 and 2010.

 

Offensively, Juneau (27-2) got all the runs it needed to beat West in the first inning. After the first three batters reached base on single, walk and error, Robert Cox hit a sac fly and Owen Mendoza had a two-run single as Juneau took a 3-0 lead.

 

The Midnight Suns added another crooked number in the fourth inning on RBIs from Gabe Storie, Donavin McCurley and Michael Cesar. Storie reached base all three times with a double, single and walk.

 

Zeb Storie added an RBI double in the fifth inning to complete the scoring.

 

West got base hits from Revy Mack, Leland Wilson and Luke Langnes. Reliever Luis Nunez allowed just one run after coming out of bullpen to pitch 2.2 innings.

 

The Eagles were playing on the final day of the state tournament for the first time since 1988.

 

West finished third in the tournament and 17-15 overall this season.

 

West 000 000 0 - 0 3 2

Juneau 300 310 x - 7 9 0

West - Fink, Nunez (4) and Langnes. Juneau - Watts and Cesar. W - Watts. L - Fink. 2B - G.Storie (J), Z.Storie (J). 3B - None. HR - None.