Tomorrow’s matchups at the state tournament will depend on the outcome of tonight’s game between the two undefeated teams: Chugiak and Wasilla. The loser of that game will play Juneau at 3:15 p.m., while the winner gets South Anchorage at 6:15 p.m.
Here’s a listing of all the tournament results through (almost) three days.
Chugiak 10, Palmer 0
South 8, Kenai 5
Juneau 2, West 1
Wasilla 7, Dimond 5
West 9, Palmer 4 (loser out)
Kenai 11, Dimond 0 (loser out)
Chugiak 13, Juneau 5
Wasilla 6, South 5
South 6, West 5 (loser out)
Juneau 4, Kenai 4 (loser out)
That’s game — Juneau wins 4-3.
Tough way to go out for Kenai, who with David Michael’s hit appeared to put the game-tying runner in scoring position. However, Michael was caught turning back to second base after momentarily running for third. That was the second out, and then moments later, Mose Hayes grounded out.
Didn’t get to elaborate on Bobby Cox in the last post, but the big guy deserves a lot of credit to giving Juneau the lead. After almost hitting a single — Kenai shortstop Michael had to make a tough diving play to get the lead runner out — Cox stole second base. Cox then beat out the left fielder’s throw to home on Mendoza’s single.
Oliver Mendoza hits his second RBI of the game to give Juneau the 4-3 lead. The Midnight Suns lead 4-0 after the fourth inning, but watched the Twins tie the game in the top of the sixth. It’s now the bottom of the sixth.
Several ill-timed Juneau errors helps Kenai tie the game. Juneau made two errors — both from at first base —to help Kenai’s Mose Hayes and Seth Adkins both score. Then, with the bases loaded, Jacob Boze hit a sacrifice fly to center field.
Storie scores his second run of the game for Juneau, and at this point, is a strong candidate for player of the game. Storie walked and stole second base came around to score on a sacrifice fly ball.
Juneau’s defense is quickly off the field after two routine outs and a strike out by McCurley. The Midnight Suns will try to add some insurance runs in the bottom of the fifth.
The Midnight Suns score in each of the last two innings, and will take a 2-0 lead into the fifth.
Christian Ludeman scores on Oliver Mendoza’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fourth. Ludeman hit a lead-off single up the middle and advance to third on Bobby Cox’s big double down the right field line.
With three innings in the books, Juneau leads 1-0. A passed ball by Kenai catcher Seth Adkins allowed Gabe Storie to score from third base after the leadoff hitter doubled and advanced on a McCurley sacrifice bunt.
The top of the third takes all of five minutes. After giving up a one-out single, McCurley gets Mose Hayes to hit into a fielder’s choice and strikes out Seth Adkins.
With two runners on, Brock McCormick struck out and Olin Rawson hit into a fielder’s choice. The game remains deadlocked at 0-0 after two innings.
Lots of howling coming from the Juneau dugout, trying to spark some second-inning hits. Christian Ludeman and Oliver Mendoza both on base.
The American Legion state tournament loser-out game between Juneau Post 25 (24-5) and Kenai Post 20 (21-12) is underway from Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage. It’s the first meeting between the two squads all season, with each team sporting 1-1 tournament records. Juneau defeated West 2-1 in the first round but was upset by Chugiak 13-5 on Saturday. Kenai fell to South 8-5 on Friday but rebounded on Saturday with a 11-0 win against Dimond.
In the top of the first, Kenai loaded the bases, only watch Juneau turn an inning-ending double play. On the mound for Kenai is Mose Hayes. Donavin McCurley is pitching for Juneau.
Go to www.meridix.com/event/154088 for a livestream of the game.
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