Nolan Murphy went 3-for-4 with a double, triple and three RBIs to help Wasilla outlast and outslug the Sitka Wolves 10-7 in the Division I state tournament’s fourth-place game at Mulcahy Stadium.
His three-run, bases-clearing triple in the second inning made it 6-1 and his double in the sixth inning put runners in scoring position for Byson Malave, whose two-out, two-run single pushed the lead to 9-1.
Will Plowman added two RBIs and Andre Brown kickstarted a seven-run second inning rally with a double and run that he finished off with a beautiful slide at home to avoid the tag on a close play at the plate.
George McSorley pitched 5.1 innings and got stronger as the game went on. Jacob Hansen picked up the four-out save.
Wasilla finished the season 17-6, bouncing back with two wins after losing in the first round.
Sitka fought back to make it 9-7 in the sixth inning. Samuel Johnson drove in his team’s first run in the first inning and added three more RBIs in the sixth inning.
Nik Calhoun, Emanual Barrigan-Wilhelm and Trevin Carley also had RBIs for the Wolves (14-8).
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 a 3-0 win over Dimond, an elimination game at Mulcahy Stadium Friday.
Wasilla (17-6) excelled 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 scoreless 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.