Post 25 Opens State Tournament with Win over Chugiak

    Juneau Post 25 (shown in an early game this season against Chugiak) defeated Chugiak in the American Legion State Tournament opening game at Anchorage's Mulcahy Stadium on Thursday.

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Juneau’s Post 25 American Legion baseball team opened the Alaska state championships at Anchorage’s Mulcahy Stadium with a 3-0 win over Chugiak.

      Juneau pitchers Porter Nelson, Kai Schmidt, Garrison Luben and Isaiah Nelson allowed just two hits in the game, struck out seven and walked eight. Schmidt pitched 3.2 innings, Luben 2.1 innings and I. Nelson picked up the save after working around a base hit and walk in the seventh inning.

      “It is very important to have lots of pitchers,” Juneau co-coach Joe Tompkins said. “The key to these type of tournaments is pitching. You play a lot of games in a short period of time and need quality pitchers.”

      Juneau also has quality batters.

      Schmidt earned a one-out walk in the fourth and advanced on a two-out single by P. Nelson and scored on an error in the outfield.

      According to Post 25 they scored their final two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning as Schmidt was hit by a pitch, advanced on a P. Nelson bunt and scored on an error at third base. I. Nelson moved P. Nelson along on a fielder’s choice and Gavin Millard brought him home.

      Millard and Rawson had one RBI apiece. McCormick and P. Nelson had two hits, Ludeman, I. Nelson and Millard one apiece. Schmidt scored two runs and P. Nelson one run. McCormick, Oliver Mendoza, Luben and Schmidt earned one walk each.

      Juneau next plays on Saturday against Service and Sunday against Eagle River.

      YESTERDAY’S SCORES:

      Thursday - Palmer 3 Dimond 2 (12 innings); Eagle River 13 Service 1; Juneau 3 Chugiak 0;  South 5 Ketchikan 1.

      TODAYS GAMES:

      GM5 Chugiak vs. Service 11am; GM6 Ketchikan vs. Dimond 2:15pm; GM7 Palmer vs. South 5:30pm. (off day for Juneau, Eagle River).

      REMAINING SCHEDULE:

      Saturday, July 24:

      GM8 Chugiak vs. Eagle River 11am.

      GM9 Palmer vs. Ketchikan 2:15pm.

      GM10 Juneau vs. Service 5:30pm. (off day for South, Dimond).

      Sunday, July 25:

      GM11 Eagle River vs. Juneau 2pm.

      GM12 Dimond vs. South 5:30pm. (off day for Service, Ketchikan, Chugiak, Palmer).

      Monday, July 26:

      GM13 Winner Denali vs. Runner-up Alyeska 1:15pm.

      GM14 Winner Alyeska vs. Runner-up Denali 4:30pm.

      Tuesday, July 27:

      GM15 - Winner GM13 vs. Winner GM14.

       State tournament teams were divided into two divisions, Denali and Alyeska, for round robin play to determine the final championship matchups.

      Deanli - #1-seed South Post 4 (22-2), #4-seed Dimond Post 21 (14-9), #5-seed Ketchikan Post 3 (13-10) and #8-seed Palmer Post 15 (14-12). Alyeska - #2-seed Service Post 28 (19-7), #3-seed Juneau Post 25 (17-5), #6-seed Eagle River (18-7) and #7-seed Chugiak Post 33 (13-11).

      The State Tournament winner advances to Northwest Regionals at Gillette, Wyoming on August 4-8, and a chance to advance to the American Legion World Series at Shelby, North Carolina, August 12-17. Last season the tournaments were canceled due to COVID-19.

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