The Wasilla Road Warriors were dealt a tall order for state tournament pool play, games against top-seeded Dimond, West Anchorage and defending state champion Juneau within a three-day stretch.
But Wasilla answered the challenge.
Bryce Frazier pitched a two-hit shutout to lead Wasilla to a 3-0 win over Juneau Sunday afternoon at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage, and helped the Road Warriors finish 3-0 in pool play. With the win, Wasilla clinched a spot in the Alliance Baseball League state tournament semifinals.
Frazier needed only 80 pitches to work the seven-inning complete game in a rematch of the 2019 Alaska Legion Baseball state championship game. The right-hander fanned two and walked two.
Jacob Gilbert, Jacob Hansen and Max Wanser drove in runs for the Road Warriors. Ty Dudley, Waylon Payne and Logan Bailey scored runs.
Bailey scored on a Gilbert double in the third to give the Warriors their first lead of the game. Hansen used a sacrifice fly to add to Wasilla’s lead in the fourth. Dudley scored in the sixth for the Warriors.
Wasilla followed the win over Juneau with a 10-8 victory over West on Saturday. Carter Huston pitched 2 2/3 innings to get the win in relief. The Road Warriors broke a 7-7 tie with three runs in the sixth.
Hansen scored the go-ahead run on a Bailey double. Gilbert followed with another double to score Bailey. Wasilla added to its lead when Payne drew a bases loaded walk to push Gilbert across the plate.
Gilbert and Payne drove in three runs each. Hansen and Bailey scored three runs each.
Wasilla opened pool play with a stellar effort on the mound courtesy of Gilbert, who fanned 13 hitters during a 2-0 victory over top-seeded Dimond. Gilbert worked 6 2/3, and Bailey recorded the final out to close the game and grab the save.
Nolan Murphy finished 2 for 3 at the plate, and drove in both of Wasilla’s runs,
Wasilla will have Monday off, and will play Tuesday in the semifinals at 2 p.m. against an opponent to be determined.
Pioneers advance to the Matson final
The Palmer Pioneers moved into the Matson Invitational championship game with a 7-6 victory over the South Open squad Sunday evening in Anchorage.
Palmer, the top seed in the tourney, plated three runs in the bottom of the sixth to grab the win. Bryant Marks scored on an error in the inning, Landon Guggenmos drove in Evan Walker with a single and Luke Guggenmos scored the game-winning run on a Brayden Methven single.
Ben Alley earned the win on the mound in relief.
Methven finished with two of Palmer’s eight hits. Luke Guggenmos scored twice and Alley drove in a team-high two runs.
Palmer will play for the Matson title Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Mulcahy. North Pole, Service and South Open will battle for the final spot in the championship.
The annual Matson Invite features the teams that did not qualify for the state tournament.
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