Tennessee, South earn semifinal berths in BP Invitational

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jul 14, 2012

Columbia [Tenn.] 7, Wasilla 5

Blake Phillips drove in 2 of his team's 5 runs in a go-ahead sixth inning rally that secured Post 19 a spot in Sunday's semifinals.

Garrett Ring, Heath Slatton and Clay Hughes also had RBIs in the sixth.

Tennessee trailed 4-0 entering the fourth inning.

Post 19 relief pitcher Dakota Underwood was lights-out, going 5.2 innings and giving up just 1 run, and it was unearned.

For Wasilla, David Newman and Josh Grisson ignited a 3-run first inning.

The Road Warriors made in 4-0 in the fourth when James McJimsey reached on a hit by pitch, went to second on a single, third on a bunt and scored on an error.

In the seventh, Kyle Simmons scored on a wild pitch to make it 7-5.

Service 8, West 7

Ryan Caron's two-out RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning gave Post 28 a walk-off win, securing the No. 3 seed in the Pool A.

Service trailed 6-4 going into the fifth.

Zach Ferntheil -- the Gatorade Player of the Year -- delivered a two-run single in the sixth to tie game at 7-7.

Relievers Trace Woodruff and Matt Yandell held West in check for 5.2 innings, allowing just 1 earned run.

West's Jacob Hilowitz collected a game-high 3 RBIs and William Evans scored 3 times.

Dalton Gantner-Chapman finished with 2 RBIs at the plate and 8 strikeouts on the bump.

South 4, Wasilla 2

Josh Crapps pitched a 3-hitter and Bryan Baker drove in 3 runs as Post 4 doubled up Post 35.

Crapps struck out 9 and did not allow an earned run. He issued 4 walks.

Baker went 2 for 3 and cleared the bases with a two-out triple in the fourth inning.

Matt Illalio also had a RBI for South.

Wasilla starter Damon Hammer took the hard-luck loss. He allowed just 3 hits and had just one bad inning in going the distance.

Ben Ross, Ian Stormont and Hammer managed the only base hits for Post 35.

Columbia [Tenn.] 13, Chugiak 2

The pre-tournament favorite is starting to find its groove.

Post 19 wrapped up a 3-0 pool play record with a convincing victory highlighted by five extra-base hits, most notably a 3-run home run by Seth Skaggs.

Columbia drew 10 walks and banged out 7 hits, including a triple by Nick Holt and doubles from Dathan Prewitt, Clay Hughes and Desi Ammons.

Garrett Ring pitched all five innings to earn the win.

Chugiak looked good early, taking a 2-0 lead in the first inning after just four batters.

Cameron Fritz walked and Chase Wilson singled. After a double steal put runners at second and third with one out, Deven Ferriss delivered a two-run single.

But Post 33 managed just one more base hit the rest of the rainy night.

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Other Saturday Scores

Legion AA

Fairbanks 9, East 1

East 10, Fairbanks 0

Kenai 8, Bartlett 2

Kenai 13, Bartlett 9 [NL]

Legion A

Bartlett 5, Kenai 4 [NL]

Kenai 10, Bartlett 8 [NL]

Fairbanks 12, Dimond-Service 5 [NL]

Fairbanks 21, Dimond-Service 2 [NL]