Matson: Wasilla, Bartlett tie tourney record with 24 runs

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jul 22, 2021

Wasilla 17, Bartlett 7

Nolan Murphy went 4-for-4 with a solo home run as Wasilla Post 35 pounded out 20 hits to beat the Bartlett Post 28 Golden Bears on Day 1 of the Matson Invitational at Bartlett High School.

Murphy was one of four players to knock in three runs, with the others being Andre Brown, Byson Malave and Will Plowman.

The 24 combined runs tied the tournament record for most runs, matching the 2019 slugfest between Ketchikan and North Pole.

Brown and Plowman each went 3-for-4. Murphy scored four runs and Andre Hansen and Brown each scored three times.

Bartlett scored all seven runs in the fourth inning. Wyatt Rust drove in two RBIs while Luke Helgeson, Nick Brandal, Connor Sessoms, Eli Corwin and John Grantier each drove in one run.

Corwin went 3-for-4 to highlight his team's six-hit attack.

Kenai 4, North Pole 2
Atticus Gibson and Sam Berry each drove in a run and were part of a four-man pitching staff that teamed up to lead the Kenai Post 20 Twins in a 4-2 win over the North Pole 30 Wild on Day 1 of the eighth annual Matson Invitational at Bartlett High School.

Gibson started on the mound and pitched two innings. Berry relieved him and threw 1.2 innings. Andrew Pieh followed with 2.2 innings and Harrison Metz closed it out with the final two outs for the save.

Berry, Metz and Daltyn Deborski combined for seven of their team's nine hits. The Twins scored twice in the third inning and never looked back, adding single runs in the fourth and seventh innings.

North Pole ace Gavin Fischer struck out eight batters over 6.2 innings. He allowed only two earned runs.

Logan Fischer went 3-for-4 at the plate and pitched the final two outs of the game.

The Wild banged out 10 hits, including a 2-for-3 effort by Ayden Accola. All-Stars Ethan Frollo and Ethan Clifford each drove in a run.

Fairbanks 9, East 6

Chris Luskleet went 3-for-3 and Olav Moeller pitched six innings to lead the Post 11 49ers to a 9-6 win over the East Post 34 Thunderbirds on Day 1 of the Matson Invitational at Bartlett High School.

Aden Saddler went 2-for-4 and his two-out RBI single gave Fairbanks an 8-6 lead in the sixth inning. Miles Fowler and Shaun Conwell reach had two RBIs, and Caden Davis drove in another run.

The 49ers ended the game with a double play

Moeller danced around trouble all night, scattering seven hits and four walks. He struck out four batters.

East's Daniel Mokom was 2-for-4 with two RBIs as the T-birds had nine hits.

Andrew Hickman, Andrew Malone and Angus Nicholson had RBIs for East. Jacob Hulst went 2-for-4.