WASILLA — The Wasilla Road Warriors capped the regular season with a win, and are now headed to the state tournament.
Wasilla capped the regular season with a 10-3 nonleague win over North Pole Saturday afternoon at McManus Field in Wasilla. That lifted the Road Warriors to 18-5 overall. Wasilla also finished the regular season 6-4 in league play, and will enter the Alliance Baseball League state tournament as the No. 5 seed when play starts Friday at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.
Wasilla is one eight teams in the tourney, which starts with four days of pool play.
The Road Warriors are in the Denali pool which also features the overall top-seeded Dimond (8-2), fourth-seeded West (7-3) and eighth-seeded Juneau (5-5).
Wasilla’s tournament opens Friday at 8:45 p.m. against Dimond. The Road Warriors will also play West Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and Juneau Sunday at 2:30 p.m. in pool play.
Wasilla faced Juneau in the Alaska Legion Baseball state championship game last season, a game Juneau won in extra innings.
The Alyeska pool features second-seeded South (8-2), third-seeded Eagle River (8-2), sixth-seeded Chugiak (6-4) and seventh-seeded Kenai (5-5).
The top two teams from both the Denali and Alyeska will meet in the tournament semifianls Tuesday. The championship game is slated for Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. All state tournament games are at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.
Wasilla used a seven-run third inning to score the 10-3 victory over North Pole Saturday afternoon. Bryce Frazier drove in a team-high three runs for the Road Warriors. Nolan Murphy and Byson Malave finished with two hits and two runs each. The win was part of a doubleheader. Earlier in the day. North Pole snuck past Wasilla 6-3. Calvin Stoll finished with a run, hit and RBI to lead the Warriors.
Pioneers earn top seed in Matson InvitationalThe Palmer Pioneers just missed out on the chance to earn a spot in the Alliance state tournament. But the Pioneers did earn the top seed in the Matson Invitational, which includes seven squads that did not finish among the top eight squads in the state.
Palmer was one of four teams that finished 4-6 in league play. The Pioneers won the tiebreaker, fewest runs allowed in league games, to get the top spot. Palmer will also receive a first-round bye, and will play either fourth-seeded Service or fifth-seeded East Saturday at 2:15 p.m. at Bartlett High School.
The first round also includes third-seeded Bartlett against sixth-seeded Fairbanks, and second-seeded North Pole taking on seventh-seeded South Open.
The Matson continues through Wednesday at Bartlett.
Valley players named all-starsA half-dozen Valley players were named to the Alliance Baseball League All-Star teams. Pitcher Jacob Gilbert, catcher Max Wanser and outfielder Nolan Murphy represent Wasilla on the National Division team. Pitcher Ben Alley, catcher Brady Shults and outfielder Luke Guggenmos represent Palmer on the American Division roster.
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