State Tournament Semifinals: South 7, Colony 1

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jun 3, 2022

NCAA Division 1 signees Oliver Brown and Curtis Hebert each had two hits, a two-bagger and two RBIs to spearhead a Wolverines’ offense that continues to be in sync as seven different players recorded base hits.

Brown, who is headed to Holy Cross in the Patriot League, played his usually steady game at shortstop, in the box and on the bases. He has a smoothness about his game, making the tough plays look easy.

Take the grounder he fielded in the second inning when he threw a bull’s-eye of a throw on the move, off one leg. Later in the frame he doubled and later scored from third base on a wild pitch, just beating the play at the plate.

He added a two-out, two-run single in the third inning that made it 7-1, scoring Hebert and Ben Neuberger.

Undefeated defending state champion South (25-0) extended its state-record winning streak to 43 games and will play in Saturday’s state title game against Sitka (15-7).

South’s early-strike offense was the perfect complement to the pitching of starter Luke Ivanoff and reliever Gavin Partch, who danced around trouble all night as Colony left 10 runners on base.

Ivanoff scattered six hits and four walks over six innings. His catcher, Hebert, threw out a baserunner at second base and Ivanoff turned a double play after catching a line drive and doubling up the runner at first base. Ivanoff also escaped a bases-loaded jam in the third, and Partch wiggled out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth.

Colony's Karsen Spradling went 3-for-4 and scored on Bryant Marks' two-out single in the third inning.

Knights' starter Koen Leaders went the whole way and kept South off the scoreboard in each of the final three innings, including a five-pitch sixth inning.

The Colony defense produced several web gems by the catcher (Marks), first baseman (Malachi Mukaabya), center fielder (Nate Wilson) and left fielder (Colton Haase). 

Colony (11-6).will play in tomorrow's third-place game against Chugiak (14-8).