The Colony Knights used a big inning to win a region title.
Colony scored 11 runs during the fifth inning of a 15-3 win over Wasilla in the Mid-Alaska Conference championship game May 28 in Fairbanks.
Wasilla, the defending state champion and the top seed in the region tournament, led 2-0 through four innings. Colony scored all 11 runs in the fifth with two outs. Evan Walker led the Knights with a two-run double during the inning. Colony also drew six walks in the fifth, and two Knights were hit by a pitch. Wasilla committed five errors in the fifth.
Ben Alley pitched a complete game and earned the win on the mound for the Knights. Alley fanned a dozen hitters while walking only two. He scattered three hits and two earned runs over six innings.
Koen Leaders led the Knights with two hits, and scored twice. Carson McLaughlin, Kaden Ketchum and Drake Gallagher drove in two runs each, and also scored two runs each.
Andre Brown led Wasilla with two RBI.
Colony, the No. 2 seed, opened the tourney with a 13-6 win over West Valley. The Knights scored six of their runs in the third and four more in the sixth.
Ketchum drove in a game-high five runs for the Knights. McLaughlin led Colony with three runs scored. Colton Haase and Levi Farrelly scored two runs each.
Wasilla beat Lathrop 12-5 in the first round. The score was tied at 5 in the fourth, but the Warriors capped the game with seven unanswered runs.
Pedro Camacho led Wasilla at the plate, finishing 2 for 3 with two RBI and two runs scored. Byson Malave had two hits, two runs and an RBI. Will Plowman added two hits and two RBI. Nolan Murphy also scored twice.
Colony and Wasilla both advanced to the state tournament. The Knights open the Division I tourney against Chugiak Thursday at 10 a.m. at Mulcahy Stadium. Wasilla will face South Anchorage Thursday at 4 p.m. at Mulcahy in the quarterfinals.
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