State Tournament: The M&M boys and 'Brock Star' shine
Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jul 25, 2021
Juneau 3, Eagle River 2
Gavin Millard and Brock McCormick delivered back-to-back RBI singles in the sixth inning to rescue the Post 25 Midnight Suns, who stayed alive in the Legion State Tournament at Mulcahy Stadium.
Trailing 2-1 heading into the sixth, Isaiah Nelson and Oliver Mendoza hit consecutive singles to get the party started. With two outs, the M&M boys came up clutch with Millard's single tying it and McCormick's single putting Juneau ahead for good.
Relief pitcher Kai Schmidt picked up the winning decision with two innings of scoreless relief.
With the win, Juneau (19-6) moved into a three-way tie with Eagle River and Service atop the Alyeska Pool at 2-1. Eagle River and Juneau advanced to the state semifinals based on a tiebreaker of fewest runs in games between the three tied teams.
Juneau starter Garrison Luben worked around seven walks to pitch five innings. He walked the first hitter in each of the first four innings before hitting a batter to lead off the fifth inning.
Eagle River (20-8) had its chances, putting on seven of the first 13 batters but managing only one run. The Wolves also hit into two double plays, including one to end the game.
Noah Lower drove in both runs for Eagle River, lacing an RBI single in the first inning and another in the fifth inning.
Lower also started and pitched well, retiring the Midnight Suns 1-2-3 in each of the first, second and fifth innings.
He also got some delightful defense from left fielder Gavin Oakley, who made a couple nice catches, including a diving gem to rob extra bases and save a run.
South 10, Dimond 0
Reid Brock went 4-for-4 with two RBIs and Gavin Partch pitched five scoreless frames as the Post 4 Wolverines made quick work of the Post 21 Lynx on Day 4 of the Legion State Tournament at Mulcahy Stadium.
Nicknamed 'The Brock Star,' the second baseman rocked Dimond pitching and scored a run in the first inning, ripped an RBI single in the fourth and laced an RBI double in the fifth.
South was already guaranteed a spot in the state semifinals, but they still brought their A-game despite it not really mattering in terms of qualifying.
South nearly batted around in the first inning and scored five runs, four of them unearned. It became a theme of the night as the Lynx commited six errors.
The Wolverines (25-2) manufactured two runs on double steals and they also turned two 4-6-3 double plays.
In the fourth, Sylar Sugita drew a leadoff walk and came around to score on Brock's single to make it 7-0.
In the fifth, Reece Ivanoff drew a leadoff walk and scored on an error. Kellen Curtis reached on an error and came home on Brock's double. Then Brock scored the final run on an error that brought the game to a close on the mercy rule.
Dimond's Peyton Montaga singled in the first but was erased on a double play. Garrett Lick singled to lead off the second and got all the way to third base with two outs, but Partch struck out the next two batters to end the threat.
Parch struck out two batters and allowed no walks. He was good and lucky. In the fifth, a sharp comeback glanced off his glove and was redirected perfect to shortstop Curtis, who threw out the batter.