Post 25 Eliminated from NWCART Play

    Post 25 base runner Olin Rawson heads for third against the alumni in this file photo. (Klas Stolpe)

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Juneau’s Post 25 American Legion baseball team lost an elimination game to Marsh Valley, Idaho, 18-5 in five innings in the third round of the Northwest Class A Regional Tournament (NWCART) at Anchorage’s Mulcahy Stadium on Monday.

      “The coaches are proud of the boys,” Juneau co-coach Joe Tompkins said. “They knew the cards were stacked against them but chose to give it thier best.”

      Juneau scored two runs in the top of the first inning when Porter Nelson singled to right field, advanced to second base on a passed ball and scored on a single to center field by Austin McCurley. McCurley scored on a single by Olin Rawson.

      Idaho was held baseless in the bottom half of the first but exploded for seven runs in the bottom of the second inning.

      “We knew going in we didn’t have the depth and the boys were going to be put in positions where they have not played,” Tompkins said. “You come to tournaments like this and your opponents can all hit, play other positions and, more than likely, pitch. You are not going strike a lot of guys out.”

      Juneau got a run back in the top of the third inning when P. Nelson reached on a dropped third strike, advanced to second base on a passed ball, stole third base and scored on a passed ball to trail 7-3.

      Idaho responded with six runs in the bottom half of the third inning.

      Juneau scored their final two runs in the top of the fourth inning as Kasen Ludeman singled to right field, Rory Hayes was hit by a pitch and Garrison Luben singled to load the bases. Kai Schmidt earned a walk to score K. Ludeman to trail 13-4 and McCurley earned a walk to score Hayes for 13-5.

      Idaho added five more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and fielded three hard hit balls by Juneau for three outs in the top of the five inning to end the game by the run rule.

      McCurley led Juneau with two RBI. Rawson and Schmidt had one RBI apiece.

      McCurley, P. Nelson, Ludeman, Rawson and Luben had one hit each. P. Nelson scored two runs. McCurley, K. Ludeman and Hayes scored one run each. McCurley earned two walks and Schmidt one.

      Juneau left three runners on base, had five hits, three walks and three strikeouts.

      P. Nelson, Christian Ludeman, Hayes, McCurley and Schmidt all shared the pitchers mound.

      Idaho left seven runners on base, had 12 hits, 13 RBI, earned 11 walks and went down swinging four times.

      “The boys came up and got to play at a different level and see what to expect when and if they go to college to play,” Tompkins said. “We would like to thank everyone who sponsored and supported Post 25.”

      Juneau had opened NWCART play with a 14-10 win over Palmer on Friday and then lost to Cody, Wyoming 13-1 on Saturday.

    The double-elimination tournament featured the second place teams from American Legion state tournaments across the Pacific Northwest. The tourney includes AA Alaska state runner-up South, third place Juneau, fourth place Palmer and fifth place Service, as well as at large bid Wasilla and teams from Wyoming, Montana and Idaho.

    GAME RESULTS

    FRIDAY:

    Gallatin Valley (MT) 7, Marsh Valley (ID) 6

    Juneau (AK) 14, Palmer (AK) 10

    South (AK) 9, Service (AK) 1

    Cody (WY) 7, Wasilla (AK) 2

    SATURDAY:

    Marsh Valley (ID) 8, Service (AK) 4 - Service eliminated.

    Wasilla (AK) 5, Palmer (AK) 4 - Palmer eliminated.

    Gallatin Valley (MT) 4, South (AK) 2.

    Cody (WY) 13, Juneau (AK) 1

    MONDAY:

    Wasilla (AK) 13, South (AK) 9, South eliminated.

    Marsh Valley (ID) 18, Juneau (AK) 5, Juneau eliminated.

    Gallatin Valley (MT) 6, Cody (WY) 2, Cody first loss.

    Wasilla (AK) 11, Cody (WY) 10, Cody eliminated.

    Marsh Valley (ID) 6, Gallatin Valley (MT) 1.

    TUESDAY:

    Semifinal - Marsh Valley (ID) vs. Wasilla (AK) 12:00pm at Mulcahy Stadium, elimination game.

    Championship - Gallatin Valley (MT) vs. semifinal winner 3:30pm at Mulcahy.

    Above - Porter Nelson connects on a pitch during the alumni game in this file photo. Below - Co-coach Joe Tompkins talks to players in this file photo.

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