Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Juneau Post 25 swept the Wasilla Post 35 Road Warriors 8-2 and 10-2 in a Thursday double header at Wasilla’s McManus Field.
The wins ensure that Post 25 will be in the state tournament at Anchorage’s Mulcahy Stadium, July 22-27. Just two days remain in the regular season. Juneau has three games left in that span.
“The boys just came ready to play,” Post 25 co-coach Joe Tompkins said. “Swing the bat. Patience. Our pitching was good and Wasilla is a good team.”
The Juneau bats came alive in the series. Co-coach Joe Tompkins commented on Christian Ludeman going 2-4 in the second game, both hits were over the fence and totaled four RBI.
“And these aren’t small Juneau fields,” Tompkins said. “These were bombs. He just comes in with confidence. He hit them when he needed too. Christian Ludeman was on fire with his bat. He just has to keep it going.”
Oliver Mendoza had two RBI in the nightcap, Chase Foster, Porter Nelson and Olin Rawson one. P. Nelson had two hits, Foster and Mendoza one apiece. Brock McCormick and P. Nelson scored two runs apiece, Isaiah Nelson, Kai Schmidt and Mendoza one each. McCormick walked twice, Foster, I. Nelson, P. Nelson, Schmidt and Garrison Luben earned one walk each.
Schmidt went five innings and struck out three, P. Nelson relieved for two innings and struck out one.
In the opening game I. Nelson threw all seven innings and allowed just one hit, struck out four and walked two.
Mendoza and Rawson had two RBI apiece, Schmidt one. Austin McCurley had three hits, McCormick and Mendoza two apiece, P. Nelson and Rawson one apiece. McCormick and Rawson scored two runs apiece, Foster, Mendoza and McCurley one each.
“The boys hit the ball well,” Tompkins said. “Olin Rawson got a hold of one, 370 or 380 feet, line drive and it hit the fence. Then Porter Nelson hit one, it hit the fence at 350. These guys are just finally putting it all together so hopefully it just stays that way. They’re not trying to kill the ball any more, they’re just trying to put it into play. Things are happening. I am proud of these boys.”
Just two days of action remain in the regular season. Juneau plays Eagle River today (Friday) and a double header against Kenai on Saturday.
The top two teams in each division earn automatic berths, plus the next four teams regardless of division earn wild card berths. The winner advances to the American Legion Northwest Regional in Wyoming. The 2nd, 3rd and 4th place finishers qualify for the Aug. 6-10 NWCART.
Standings to date (Points, League, Overall), X is a state qualifier:
American Division - X South Post 4 Wolverines (60, 15-0, 20-2), X Dimond Post 21 Lynx (45, 10-5, 13-9), X Chugiak Post 33 Mustangs (43, 9-7, 13-11), X Juneau Post 25 Midnights Suns (40, 9-4, 15-4), Palmer Post 15 Pioneers (40, 8-8, 14-12), North Pole Post 30 Wild (28, 5-8, 9-11), Bartlett Post 29 Golden Bears (21, 2-13, 4-19).
National Division - X Service Post 28 Cougars (54, 13-2, 18-7), Eagle River Wolves (39, 8-7, 17-7), Ketchikan Post 3 Kings (37, 8-5, 10-10), West Post 1 Eagles (33, 6-9, 7-14), Fairbanks Post 11 49ers (32, 6-8, 9-11), Wasilla Post 35 Road Warriors (29, 5-9, 9-13), Kenai Post 20 Twins (22, 3-10, 6-16), East Post 34 Thunderbirds (22, 2-14, 2-22).
League games remaining include:
Friday - Fairbanks vs. Ketchikan; North Pole vs. South; North Pole vs. Dimond; Juneau vs. Eagle River; Kenai vs. Bartlett.
Saturday, July 17 - Wasilla vs. Ketchikan; Ketchikan vs. Wasilla; North Pole vs. West; Service vs. Fairbanks; East vs. South; Kenai vs. Juneau; Juneau vs. Kenai.
Following the regular season will be the July 20 Legion All-Star Game at Anchorage’s Mulcahy Stadium at 7 p.m. The American Division will take on the National Division.
July 22-27, State Tournament at Mulcahy Stadium. Winner advances to Northwest Regions in Wyoming.
July 22-26, Matson Invitational at Bartlett High School and Mulcahy Stadium (Bottom seven teams from the American and National Divisions battle to earn a berth at the Aug. 6-10 NWCART in Anchorage).
August 3-7, American Legion Northwest Regional at Wyoming. The state tournament winner qualifies.
August 6-10, NWCART at Mulcahy Stadium. The state tournament 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place teams and the Matson Invitational winner all qualify.