State Tournament Quarterfinals: South 11, Ketchikan 1

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

Isaac Johnson spun a six-inning 2-hitter and the Wolverines ended the game early after scoring six runs in the sixth to wrap up Day 1 of the ASAA Division I state tournament with an 11-1 victory at Mulcahy Stadium.

Johnson allowed the first three batters to reach and fell behind 1-0 on a sac fly before going in shutdown mode. He allowed only two baserunners the rest of the way, tossing shutout frames over the final five innings. He struck out seven and pushed his personal record to 8-0.

South extended its state-record winning streak to 42 games and will play in Friday’s semifinals against Colony in a rematch of last year’s state title game.

Oliver Brown and Ben Neuberger each drove in three runs for South (24-0) while Sean Giffen had two RBIs and Carson Maltby and A.J. Sawicki had one RBI.

Catcher Curtis Hebert went 2-for-2 with a triple, two runs and a beautiful head-first dive to grab a pop up behind the plate.

Brown's two-run triple in the sixth inning made it 8-1. Brown also drove in a run on a sac fly - one of three by South; the others came on flyouts by Neuberger and Maltby.

Ketchikan (15-7) came into the game hitting .317 as a team but hit the wall against Johnson, going 2-for-20 against the right-handed ace.

Colby Hanchey doubled and scored his team's lone run. He also pitched five innings, getting glove love from his catcher, Dylan Nedzwecky, who threw out a baserunner in the first and third innings.