State Tournament Game 2: South 3, Kenai 2

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Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jul 21, 2022

State Tournament

Game 2 of 15

South 3, Kenai 2

Isaac Johnson pitched six strong innings and watched the South Post 4 bullpen nail it down with a nervous seventh inning to seal a 3-2 win over Kenai Post 20 on Day 1 of the Alaska Legion State Tournament at Mulcahy Stadium.

Relievers Blake Peterson and Hunter Manderson combined to wiggle out of a wild seventh, leaving the bases loaded on a slow chopper to third to end the game. Peterson got the first two outs and Manderson got the save, but it didn't come easy.

Kenai bookended the game with runs, scoring the first with no outs in the first inning and the second with two down in the seventh.

Johnson made it tough for the Twins, scattering three hits and one walk while striking out six. At one point he recorded more outs (10) than he threw balls (9).

In the sixth inning, he helped turn a 1-2-3 double play to escape a two-on, one-out jam.

Kenai's Daltyn Deborski opened the game with a triple on the first swing of the game and scored on a throwing error on the same play.

South's Kaden Bevegni tied the game at 1 with an RBI triple in the bottom of the first.

In the second inning, nine-hole hitter AJ Sawicki and leadoff hitter Skyler Sugita had RBI base knocks to put the Wolverines ahead for good.

Even if Kenai didn't win, the Twins made winning plays. Take the catcher Jacob Belger, who backed up first base and helped turn a 4-6-2-6 double play to end the sixth.

South (23-7, 1-0 in Pool)

Isaac Johnson 6IP 6K

Hunter Manderson SV 1-3 2B R

Kaden Bevegni 1-3 RBI

Ben Neuberger 2-3 2B R

Gavin Partch 2-3

Kenai (15-14, 0-1 in Pool)

Hunter Williams 3IP 0R

Daltyn Deborski 1-3 3B R

Charlie Chamberlain HBP R