NWCART Game 9: Marsh Valley (ID) 18, Juneau (AK) 5

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

NWCART Game 9

Marsh Valley (ID) 18, Juneau (AK) 5

Wyatt Harris and Dylan Driessen each had three RBIs and pitchers James Bodily and Karter Howell combined on a five-hitter as Marsh Valley eliminated Juneau on Day 3 of the Northwest Class A Regional Tournament at Mulcahy Stadium.

The Idaho state champs scored a single-game, tournament-high 18 runs, thanks to a lights-out offensive outburst in the second and third innings when Marsh Valley went 9-for-11 with eight walks and a sac fly and scored 13 runs.

The Eagles (38-4) posted another crooked number in the third inning on the strength of RBIs from Braxton Foster, Harris and Driessen. Marsh Valley would have scored two more runs if not for an outstanding diving catch by Juneau center fielder Porter Nelson.

Payton Howe, Foster and Daxton Woodmancy each had two base hits. Bodily, Howell, Howe and Foster all scored three times. Howe rapped a two-run triple.

Foster also made the play of the game from right field when he completed a 9-2 double play after catching a flyball and throwing out the runner trying to tag from third base.

After the play, Marsh Valley catcher Harris and Juneau’s Austin McCurley showed incredible sportsmanship with a friendly fist bump as a sign of respect, one catcher to another. That’s what it’s all about.

For pitching, Bodily went the first two innings for Marsh Valley and Howell closed it out with three innings as the game was called early because of the mercy rule.

Marsh Valley has scored 32 runs in three tournament games.

Juneau jumped out to a 2-0 lead thanks to a string of base hits by Nelson, McCurley and Olin Rawson. In the third inning, Nelson reached base on a third-strike wild pitch and later scored on a wild pitch. In the fourth, McCurley and Kai Schmidt drove in runs as the Midnight Suns kept battling.

Juneau (20-9) played hard until the very end, highlighted by Nelson’s delightful diving catch to end the fourth inning with his team down double digits.