Owen Hayes went 2-for-4 with a double, two runs and four RBI as the Palmer Moose stormed out of the gate and cruised to a five-inning 12-1 victory over Grace Christian during the first round of the ASAA/First National Bank Division II State Baseball Championships Thursday evening at Wasilla High School.
Hayes and Gabriel Jamie combined on a 3-hitter, with the lone run being unearned. Hayes racked up four strikeouts in three innings of work.
Jamie also had a nice day at the plate, going 2-for-2 with a run and two RBIs. Stuart McQuillin batted 2-for-3 with three runs and a pair of RBIs.
Palmer scored five runs in the second inning, three in the fourth inning and four in the fifth inning.
The Moose moved into the state semifinals, and will face Southcentral Conference rival Soldotna Friday at 7 p.m. at WHS.
Grace Christian's Jonny Earhart tripled and scored. Colton Reger and Brandon Plaster also had base hits.