State Tournament Quarterfinals: Sitka 8, Eagle River 6

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Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jun 2, 2022

Dylan Marx drove in the tying run in the sixth inning and threw a shutout frame in the seventh inning to seal the deal and secure Sitka’s 8-6 victory on Day 1 of the ASAA Division I state tournament at Mulcahy Stadium.

Sitka rallied from a 6-4 deficit in the bottom of the sixth with a four spot, capped by Tanner Stinson’s two-out, two-run single.

Sitka (14-7) has advanced to the state semifinals for the first time since 2017.

The Wolves had three players with two hits in Marx, Nik Calhoun and Chance Coleman. Coleman, the nine-hole hitter, added an RBI and run.

Calhoun pitched five innings, allowing just two hits while racking up a half dozen strikeouts. The right-hander dominated the first four innings and retired 10 straight at one point.

Meanwhile, the offense was doing its part, building a 3-0 lead through four innings on the strength of RBIs from Bridger Bird and Coleman.

Eagle River (15-5) scratched across a pair of runs in the top of the fifth inning and Sitka answered with a run in the bottom half.

The sixth inning was crazy, with each side making a comeback.

Eagle River scored two runs and got the benefit of two bang-bang plays on fielder's choice to extend the inning. That's when nine-hole hitter Charlie Wallace ripped a two-out, two-run single on the eighth pitch of the at-bat to put the CIC power ahead 6-4.

A year ago, Eagle River beat Sitka 12-1 in the first round of state. With the Wolves storming back to take the lead, it looks like maybe Eagle River just had Sitka's number.

It didn't happen.

Sitka flipped the script with a barrage of base hits in the bottom of the sixth, highlighted by two-run base knocks by Marx and Stinson.