NWCART Game 10: Wasilla (AK) 13, South (AK) 9

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Aug 9, 2021

NWCART Game 10

Wasilla (AK) 13, South (AK) 9

Pedro Camacho went 3-for-3 with the go-ahead RBI triple in the third inning and pitcher Brandon Hina made it stick as Wasilla knocked the 30-win South Wolverines out of the Northwest Class A Regional Tournament at Mulcahy Stadium.

Wasilla rallied back from an early 5-1 deficit with a 10-run third inning outburst that saw Camacho, Alex Prayner, Andre Brown and Nolan Murphy drive in runs. Camacho’s triple gave the Road Warriors the lead for good at 6-5 and he later scored on a fadeaway slide, just missing the tag.

Brown and Murphy each had two RBIs in that big inning – Brown got his on a two-run single while Murphy got his on separate singles. The two sluggers combined to go 4-for-7 and scored four runs.

Wasilla (15-16) improved to 6-1 in the postseason this summer. The Road Warriors went 4-0 en route to winning the Matson Invitational to qualify for the NWCART. They are 2-1 in this tournament, making them 5-3 at the NWCART since 2019.

Hina pitched well in his 5.2 innings, scattering four hits and four walks. He looked good, then not so good, then was good again.

He worked around three errors to throw a scoreless first inning and then pitched a 1-2-3 second. He lost his command in the third inning as three walks and a hit by pitch helped fueled South’s five-run frame.

His disappointment didn’t last.

Wasilla put up a 10-spot top put the Road Warriors the lead for good and Hina responded by retiring six of the next seven batters. In the fifth, he got some glove love from his battery mate, catcher Camacho, who threw out a baserunner from his knees at second base.

Wasilla banged out 12 hits, with Will Plowman going 3-for-4 as one of two players with three hits.

South (30-5) got another strong offensive game from Maddux Soland, who was 3-for-4 with an RBI. He leads the tournament with six RBIs. Isaac Johnson added a two-out, two-run single in the third to make it 5-1.

Hunter Manderson hit a two-out, two-run single and later scored to pull the Wolverines within 13-9.