Ben Alley

Colony's Ben Alley fires a pitch during a win over Eagle River in the Division I state semifinals.

Everybody was eating for the Knights, who had four different players with two RBI and put 22 runners on base en route to securing the team's first trip to the state championship game.

Colony scored a 9-6 win over Eagle River during the ASAA/First National Bank Division I State Baseball Championships Friday at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.

Carson McLaughlin, Kaden Ketchum, Bryant Marks and Evan Walker each drove in two runs to help Colony storm out to a 7-3 lead through three innings.

Credit the Eagle River Wolves for clawing back and pecking away at the lead, but the Knights sealed the deal with Ketchum collecting the saves with two innings of work.

Colony will play South Anchorage in Saturday's state title game at 3 p.m.

Ben Alley started and pitched five innings to earn the winning decision for the Knights (14-2). He fell behind 2-0 early but settled down to retire seven of 10 over the second, third and fourth innings.

The Knights sent 10 men to the plate in the second inning, thanks to three hit by pitch, three walks and a single. It was kind of a theme of the night for the Knights, who banged out 10 hits, drew seven walks and got hit by pitch five times.

Ketchum's RBI single made it 7-3 in the third and McLaughlin's RBI single in the fourth made it 8-4.

Eagle River (11-5) scored in four of the seven innings, kickstarted by Josh Thompson's opposite-field double to give the Wolves a 2-0 lead in the first inning.

Later, they pulled within 6-3 in the third and 7-4 in the fourth. Stefan Retzlaff and Noah Lower added RBIs and Gavin Henning went 3-for-3. Cam Witte finished 2-for-3 with a double and two runs.

Eagle River will play in Saturday's third-place game.

Wasilla 3, Dimond 0

Dayton Greer threw a 7-hit shutout, Will Plowman and Wyatt Walling had two-out RBIs, and Wasilla ended the game with a triple play in this elimination game at Mulcahy Stadium. 

Wasilla (17-6) exceled in all three facets of the game - pitching, hitting and fielding.

Greer got it done on the mound, needing just 81 pitches to rack up seven scorelss innings against one of the better hitting teams out of the Cook Inlet Conference.

He worked out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the fifth inning and a runner-on-third, one-out jam in the sixth inning. Greer scattered seven hits and one walk while striking our four in picking up the win and helping extend his team's season.

Wasilla took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning after Byson Malave walked, moved to second on Andre Brown's sac bunt and scored on Plowman's two-out single.

In the sixth inning, Malave again played table setter after walking, going to second on a wild pitch and scoring on Wyatt's two-out base knock.

Wasilla parlayed another leadoff walk into a run in the seventh inning after Alex Bond drew a base on balls and came home on Pedro Camacho's safety squeeze bunt to make it 3-0.

Dimond's No. 9 hitter Alex Wright went 3-for-3 and its leadoff hitter Adam Boyce went 2-for-4.

The Lynx put on the first two batters in the seventh inning before Boyce's line-drive was snagged by Wasilla first baseman Walling, who stepped on first and fired to second base to complete a game-ending triple play.

Wasilla will play Sitka in Saturday's fourth-place game. 

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