NWCART Game 6: Wasilla (AK) 5, Palmer (AK) 4
Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Aug 7, 2021
NWCART Game 6
Wasilla (AK) 5, Palmer (AK) 4
Nolan Murphy crushed a three-run home run early and Wasilla held on late to beat its Mat-Su Valley rival for the first time in five meetings this season in a loser-out game on Day 2 of Northwest Class A Regional Tournament at Mulcahy Stadium.
Andre Brown went 3-for-3 with an RBI, stolen base and run scored for Wasilla. Starter Levi Farrelly started and went 6.1 innings before giving way to Jacob Hansen, who recorded a two-out save.
It was the fourth NWCART win for Wasilla head coach Ken Ottinger, making him Alaska’s active tournament wins leader. Ottinger’s fingerprints were all over this victory as the Road Warriors (14-16) used aggressive base runner to complement strong pitching.
Murphy gave Wasilla a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the first inning after hitting his third home run in six postseason games. Prayner’s RBI single three batters later made it 4-1.
Farrelly made it stick, throwing scoreless frames in the second, third and sixth innings. He gave up six hits and one earned run among the four on his watch.
Palmer’s Koen Leaders pulled his team within 4-2 in the fourth inning with a two-out RBI single. But Brown answered in the bottom half with his own two-out RBI single to push Wasilla three ahead at 5-2.
That’s when the Pioneers settled in, getting runs in the fifth and seventh in support of starter Landon Guggenmos, who pitched better the longer the game lasted. He pitched all six innings, needing only 82 pitches. He had a four-pitch fifth inning and a 1-2-3 sixth. He retired 13 of the last 16.
Evan Walker was back in the lineup for Palmer and his presence was felt as he reached base three out of four times. He singled and scored in the fifth and tripled and scored in the seventh, helping the Pioneers put the tying run on base.
But Hansen sealed the deal. He actually had a hand in making all three outs in the seventh inning – one at third base and two at pitcher. He snagged and then dropped a line drive off the bat of Kaden Ketchum but had time to still get the out at first, thanks to first baseman Prayner, who grabbed an errant throw and barely tagged out the runner. It was a big play because Marks tripled the next at-bat.
Palmer was eliminated from the NWCART and finished the season 15-16.