Fairbanks wins by walk off to highlight Day 4 of Classic
Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jun 27, 2021
Fairbanks 7, Kenai 6
Fletcher Burnett lined a two-run single to left field in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Post 11 49ers a walk-off win on Day 4 of the Alaska 529 Midseason Classic at Mulcahy Stadium.
Fairbanks, which had just surrendered the lead for the first time in the top half of the seventh, had its first four batters reached base. Caden Davis ripped a single, Tyler Moore was hit by a pitch and pinch-hitter Aaron Conwell laid down a beautiful bunt base hit.
That set the stage for Burnett, who banged out his second hit of the game, this time the game winner to keep Fairbanks (6-6) in the playoff hunt at the midway point of the Legion season.
Burnett also picked up the winning decision at pitcher after throwing 2.1 innings in relief of starter Shaun Conwell, who struck out five batters in 4.2 innings.
Burnett ended the fifth inning with a strikeout to leave runners on second and third. In the sixth inning, his catcher Gabe Angaiak cut down a runner trying to steal third base to end another scoring threat.
Fairbanks had 14 hits and got RBIs from Aden Sadler, Angaiak, Shaun Conwell, Dylan Swarthout and Davis. Angaiak was 3-for-3.
Defensively, left fielder Swarthout made a great catch against the fence in the seventh inning. Third baseman Chris Luskleet threw out a base runner at the plate in the first inning.
Kenai trailed 5-1 after two innings but never gave up, led by starting pitcher Atticus Gibson. After a tough start the right-hander settled down and threw shutout innings in the third, fourth, fifth and sixth.
Dalton DeBorski went 3-for-4 for the Post 20 Twins (3-8) and Sam Berry was 2-for-4 with an RBI that gave Kenai the lead at 6-5.
Kenai's Harrison Metz had two RBIs, including the game-tying run on a fielder's choice in the seventh inning. He also made a sensational catch in the fifth inning after running 120 feet from his shortstop position.
South 11, Juneau 3
Reid Brock threw a 70-pitch complete game and brought home four RBIs to power the Post 4 Wolverines to an Alaska Legion league win on Day 4 of the Alaska Midseason Classic at Mulcahy Stadium.
Brock, a right-hander, retired 17 of the final 18 batters. The only base runner singled and immediately erased on a double play after the runner was called for interference.
He allowed five hits and no walks with four strikeouts over seven innings.
From top to bottom, the South lineup delivered. Leadoff hitter Kellen Curtis was 3-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs, and No. 9 hitter Grayson Shaw was 2-for-2 with three RBIs.
This was South's 11th win in a row as the Wolverines rallied from a 3-0 deficit to beat Juneau for the second time in three days.
South trailed 3-0 before Curtis hit a two-run triple and scored on Brock's RBI groundout. In the fifth inning, South struck for three runs on RBIS from Brock, Dylan Maltby and Joey Serra.
In the seventh inning, South got RBIs from Brock, Curtis and Luke Ivanoff, and Serra worked a 12-pitch walk.
The Post 25 Midnight Suns took a 3-0 lead in the second inning on RBIs Garrison Luben, Austin McCurley and Chase Foster. Juneau had four straight singles by Christian Ludeman, Oliver Mendoza, Olin Rawson and Luben to set the table.
Juneau starter Brock McCormick twice retired six straight batters at different times over his 6.1 innings of work. He also ended a bases-loaded jam with a strikeout in the fifth inning for the Midnight Suns (7-2).
Ketchikan 12, East 5
Dylan Nedzwecky went 3-for-5 with two doubles and three RBIs to highlight an 11-hit attack that carried the Post 3 Kings to an Alaska Legion league win in the final game on the final day of the Alaska 529 Midseason Classic at Mulcahy Stadium.
The catcher hit two doubles in the same inning as Ketchikan plated seven runs in the third frame. He led off the inning with a double and scored and then he laced a bases-clearing, three-run double to break the game wide open. He also threw out a base running trying to steal second base.
Thomas Kroscavage went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a run, and Jesse Loughman was 2-for-5 with two RBIs and a run for the Kings (6-4).
Ketchikan pitcher Colby Hanchey threw 5.2 innings and carried a shutout into the fourth inning.
East's Andrew Hickman had two RBIs and Andrew Malone went 2-for-2. Zack Barnhart doubled, had an RBI and got two outs on the mound.
The Post 34 Thunderbirds battled all night, first fighting off the mercy rule to earn seven innings and then scoring three runs in their final at-bats.
East had base runners all night with five hits, 10 walks and five hit batsmen. The T-birds left 14 on base, stranding the bases loaded in the second, fourth, sixth and seventh innings.
A key hit here and there would have made a difference. But the effort was there, especially on defense with catcher Jared Krison throwing out a base runner trying to steal second base. There were also two great running catches by left fielder Alan Contreras and shortstop Barnhart.
East relief pitcher Bryce Erickson allowed just one run over 3.1 innings while striking out four.