State Tournament Title Game: South 6, Sitka 0

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jun 4, 2022

Curtis Hebert pitched a complete-game gem and the Wolverines capped a 26-0 season with a 6-0 victory over Sitka in the championship game of the ASAA Division I state tournament at Mulcahy Stadium.

With the win, South pushed its state-record winning streak to 44 games and secured the Cook Inlet Conference team's second straight championship and fifth in school history.

Hebert tossed a 4-hitter with eight strikeouts, needing 117 pitches to record 21 outs.

He retired nine of the first 11 batters and eight of the final nine in a dominating performance. He allowed only one runner to third base, and that was because of a balk.

Five different South players had RBIs and the Wolverines scored in each of the final four frames to pull away from the Southeast Conference champions.

Hebert drove in the game-winning run as well with a third-inning groundout that made it 1-0. Ben Neuberger added another RBI groundout to make it 2-0.

A sac fly by Kaden Bevegni in the fourth inning pushed South's advantage to 3-0.

Neuberger doubled to open the fifth inning to signal the end of the road for Sitka starter Bryce Calhoun, a freshman who didn't wilt under pressure.

The slow-throwing southpaw mixed breaking balls beautifully to keep the Wolverines off balance and give the Wolves (15-8) a chance.

It never happened.

Hebert snuffed it out, shutting down a Sitka offense that had scored 20 runs over the first two games of the state tournament. The right-hander got stronger as the game went and racked up more strikeouts in the second half of the game, including five of the last eight batters.

Calhoun pitched four innings and kept South off the scoreboard in the first two innings, getting out of a bases-loaded jam in the first thanks to a 4-6-3 double play. He in the second inning he got Oliver Brown to ground out with a runner in scoring position. No small task.

In the end, South just had too much. Too much pitching, too much hitting, too much depth. Not just for Sitka, but the entire state of Alaska.