ABA Sockeyes wrap up trip to Arizona Fall Classic
Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Oct 17, 2017
The best local Legion players from around the state helped the Alaska Baseball Academy to a strong showing to close out the Arizona Senior Fall Classic.
The Sockeyes were led in hitting at the showcase event by Chugiak Post 33 slugger Christian Cambridge, who batted .467 in five games. He also stole six bases.
Cambridge, Jake Andresen of Dimond Post 21 and Cooper Bailey-Parsons of Service Post 28 had the best showing and piqued the interest of several college coaches, said ABA manager Tony Wylie.
In a 5-3 loss to Team California, Cambridge went 3-for-3 at the plate with an RBI double. Shawn Jones of West Post 1 and Bailey-Parsons each had two stolen bases. Billy Smith of Chugiak and Lian Lincoln of South Post 4 each had base hits.
Trosky Baseball blasted a home run in the first inning and never looked back en route to an 11-0 win. The Sockeyes managed just two hits a double from James Arend of Wasilla Post 35 and a single by Lincoln.
“Trosky Baseball is another California all-star squad and without doubt in the top two or three teams in the 70-team field,” Wylie said.
In the final game, NorCal Baseball scored the go-ahead run in the eighth inning to pull out a 3-2 win. Kasey Watts of Juneau Post 25 gave the Sockeyes a 2-0 lead in the first inning with a two-run single. Pitching kept the Alaskans in the game, including stellar relief from Andresen, Cambridge, West’s Leland Wilson and South’s Chase Subitch.