Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Youth prevailed over experience as Juneau Post 25’s Alaska American Legion baseball team defeated the program’s Alumni team 16-3 Friday at Adair Kennedy Field.
Post 25 led 3-2 in the sixth inning when they scored 13 runs to put the game out of reach.
Brock McCormick led the post boys with four RBIs, including one home run. He had two hits and struck out twice, and scored two runs in five trips to the plate.
The scoring binge in the bottom of the sixth inning began with Isaiah Nelson singling, advancing on a passed ball and scoring on a double by Oliver Mendoza. Christian Ludeman singled to fill the corners and McCormick singled in Mendoza for a 5-2 lead.
Olin Rawson singled to load the bases and Kai Schmidt reached on a third base error scoring Ludeman and McCormick for a 7-2 lead.
Austin McCurley hit a one-out single to load the bags and Porter Nelson singled to bring Rawson and Schmidt across the plate for a 9-2 advantage.
I. Nelson returned for his second appearance in the inning, hitting a ground ball and reaching on a third base error with McCurley scoring. I. Nelson stole second and P. Nelson scored on an error by the catcher for an 11-2 lead.
Ludeman was hit by a pitch to put two runners on and McCormick put his high shot over the left field fence for a 14-2 advantage.
Rawson and Schmidt put hard ground balls into play to reach base and Garrison Luben singled into left field to score Rawson for the Juneau Post 25’s 15th point. McCurley reached on an error at shortstop scoring Schmidt for the 16th and final point.
The Alumni got a run back in the top of the seventh inning as Kona Ogoy led off with a single into right filed and scored on a one-out triple by Jackson Pavitt.
The Alumni’s first two runs came in the top of the fifth inning while trailing 3-0.
Stefan Beedle and Alex Muir earned back-to-back walks and Jake Tanner singled to load the bags. Beedle scored on a passed ball with one out and Muir scored on a two-out balk by pitcher Luben.
Box statistics for Juneau Post 25 include McCormick with four RBI, Chase Foster, P. Nelson and Kai Schmidt had two each, I. Nelson, Mendoza and Luben with one each.
McCormick, C. Ludeman, P. Nelson, I. Nelson, McCormick, Schmidt and Olin Rawson had two hits each, Mendoza, Luben, Foster and McCurley one each.
Schmidt and Rawson led with 3 runs scored apiece, I. Nelson, Ludeman, McCormick and McCurley two each, P. Nelson and Mendoza one apiece.
I. Nelson stole 3 bases, P. Nelson and Schmidt two apiece, and Luben one. Ludeman and McCurley were hit by pitches. McCurley, Mendoza, I. Nelson and Schmidt reached on errors.
Schmidt earned the win with six strikeouts in three innings. Luben relieved for two innings, allowing two runs, striking out one and walking two. I. Nelson and Joe Aline closed out the final innings with one strikeout apiece.
The Alumni were led by Pavitt with one RBI. Pavitt, Ogoy, and Tanner had one hit apiece. Ogoy, Beedle and Muir scored one run each. Luis Mojica and Dylan Johnson were hit by pitches.
Zeb Storie started for the Alumni and struck out three and walked four in two innings. Pavitt relieved for two innings, striking out one and walking one. Johnson took the loss coming in for the fifth and sixth innings, allowing 11 hits, 13 runs with one strikeout and one walk.
The Alumni roster was rounded out by Brennon Ludeman, Kellen Johnson, Patrick Millay, Logan Lesmann, Taylor Funderburk, Brandon Keeler and Collin Ludeman.
Juneau Post 25 travels to Anchorage for a five-game road trip this week.