WASILLA — The Napoleon River Bandits made their 10th trip to Alaska. Based on the success during the time in the 49th state, the Ohio American Legion baseball team will be back.
Napoleon used an 11-5 win over host Wasilla Sunday to win the annual Todd Ryan Memorial. It’s the second tourney title during the team’s stay in Alaska. Napoleon also won the BP Invitational in Anchorage.
Napoleon used a five-run fourth to score the win in the title game, and hand Wasilla just its third loss of the season.
Clancey O’Donnell led the Road Warriors at the plate, finishing 2 for 3 with three RBI. Waylon Payne and Clayton Boyett also drove in runs. Jacob Gilbert scored twice.
Wasilla notched a spot in the title game with a 9-3 win over rival Palmer Saturday in the semifinals at Wasilla High School. The Road Warriors attacked early, scoring four runs in both the first and second innings. Boyett finished 3 for 4 with three runs scored. Payne added two hits and two runs. O’Donnell also scored twice.
Austin Robertson pitched a compete game for the Road Warriors, scattering five hits and an earned run over seven innings. Robertson fanned three and walked one.
Kaden Ketchum led Palmer with two hits and a run. Carson McLaughlin also scored.
Wasilla opened the tournament with a 19-1 win over Ketchikan and 11-1 victory over Kodiak on Friday..
The Road Warriors led Ketchikan 8-0 after the first and 18-0 through three innings. Payne and Taylon Ottinger drove in three runs each. Jacob Gilbert collected three hits, three runs and two RBI.
Clayton Boyett and Carson Boyett drove in two runs each. Ottinger also had two RBI.
Palmer capped its tournament with a 16-5 win over Kodiak Saturday.
Ketchum and McLaughlin both finished with two hits and three RBI. Ketchum also scored three times. Alex Manning finished with three RBI and three runs. Keagen Norman had two hits, two runs and two RBI.
Wasilla is now 20-3 overall and 12-0 and league play. Palmer is 12-8 overall and 8-4 in league play. The Road Warriors are in first place in the National Division. The Pioneers are in third place in the American Divison.
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