Wasilla Legion A team claims Wood Bat Tournament title

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Aug 4, 2013

Starting pitcher Mitchell Ruta went the distance as the Wasilla Post 35 Legion A team won the Chugiak Wood Bat Tournament championship with a 6-4 victory over South Post 4 in the title game at Oberg Field.

Ruta pitched all seven innings, surviving a late rally, to help the Road Warriors win the title. Ruta was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.

Jaden Sears was named game MVP and delivered key hits along with Logan Sanders. Both players led the offense, helping Wasilla win its 22nd game.

After the final out, Wasilla players celebrated by dumping a water cooler on coach Brody Coleman.

“For those kids it’s the same as winning the state tournament,” said Wasilla manager Boone Thompson. 

This was the sixth meeting between Wasilla and South this season, with Wasilla winning the series 4-2. Every game was decided by one or two runs.

“They were the most disciplined team in the state,” Coleman said. I ran them to death. I was hard on them. But they fought through it all and got the win. I am so proud of these kids. They gave me their all.”

Earlier in the day, South forced the if-necessary game with a 6-5 win in the first game. South scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, highlighted by Bryce Schwarz’s walkoff RBI single.

South finished the season 25-9.