Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Juneau’s Post 25 American Legion baseball team is undefeated in the young season, opening their conference play with a twin-bill sweep of Chugiak Post 33 on Saturday, at Adair Kennedy Field, in between a pair of non-league games against Chugiak on Friday and Sunday.
“It was our pitching and our defense,” Juneau Post 25 co-coach Joe Tompkins said. “We have some older players who are really great baseball role models on our team and it shows in how the whole team responds.”
Garrett Bryant pitched a seven inning three hit victory to open the twin bill on Saturday. His six strikeouts gave the Post 25 all they needed to rack up a 6-1 win.
Porter Nelson and Olin Rawson led Juneau with 2 RBI apiece and Christian Ludeman had one.
Rawson had 2 hits, Nelson, Ludeman, Austin McCurley, Chase Foster and Kai Schmidt all rapped one on-base stroke each.
Nelson and Ludeman scored two runs apiece, McCurley and Schmidt one apiece.
In the night cap, Isaiah Nelson went three innings on the mound and P. Nelson four innings as Juneau held off Chugiak 5-4.
I. Nelson struck out two and P. Nelson four in the two pitcher collaboration.
Rawson, Bryant, McCurley, Foster, Oliver Mendoza and I. Nelson each had one RBI in the win.
P. Nelson, I. Nelson, Ludeman, Bryant, McCurley, Mendoza and Foster had one hit each.
I. Nelson, Rawson, McCurley, Mendoza and Foster scored one run each.
Post 25 won non-league action by the scores of 9-8 on Friday and 11-3 Sunday.
“We try to win every game,” Tompkins said. “We shake up the lineup a bit in non-league action but we try to win every game.”
Garrison Luben started Friday and in four innings struck out six, walked one and allowed two hits but no runs.
McCurley secured two strikeouts in a partial inning but allowed four hits and five runs and walked two, and Schmidt went 1.2 innings allowing four hits and three runs with three strikeouts and one walk. P. Nelson closed for .2 of an inning with no hits, runs or walks allowed and had one strikeout.
The Nelson brothers led with two RBI apiece. P. Nelson, Ludeman and Mendoza led with two hits apiece. I. Nelson led with two runs scored.
On Sunday, Rawson started on the bump, working three innings and allowing three hits, two runs and striking out four and walking two. McCurley added two innings with two hits and one run and walking one. Mendoza put in 1.2 innings with three strikeouts and two walks and Marcus Underwood put three pitches in to end the game.
Brock McCormick, Ludeman and the Nelson brothers led with two RBI each. P. Nelson and Bryant led with two hits apiece. I. Nelson, Bryant and Foster led with two runs scored each.
“Chugiak is a young team,” Tompkins said. “American Legion kind of rotates rosters like that. Teams lose an age heavy roster and come back with a younger ball club but the experience they get through season play is one of the reasons for legion ball.”
Tompkins and Jeremy Ludeman are co-coaches of Juneau Post 25.
The team’s AA roster includes the more advanced players and includes Garrett Bryant, Chase Foster, Garrison Luben, Christian Ludeman, Brock McCormick, Austin McCurley, Oliver Mendoza, Isaiah Nelson, Porter Nelson, Olin Rawson and Kai Schmidt.
Lamar Blatnick, Kasen Ludeman and Landon Simonson split time between AA and the A team of Joe Aline, Anthony Anderson, Esteban Demmert, Nate Fick, Riley Fick, Liam Hart, Rory Hayes, Hudson Hunt, Ethan Lewis, Marcus Mendoza, Madden Mendoza, Christian Nelson, Bodhi Nelson, Gunnar Niere, Derek Schauwecker and Marcus Underwood.
Juneau Post 25 next plays a Juneau alumni team at Adair Kennedy Field on Friday at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday at 6 p.m.
The team then travels June 24-27 for games with North Pole Post 30, South Post 4, Eagle River and East Post 34
Above - Chugiak Post 33 baserunner Jaydon Steckel is tagged out on an attempted steal at second base by Juneau Post 25 second baseman Isaiah Nelson during American Legion Baseball action on Saturday at Adair Kennedy Field. (Klas Stolpe / KINY)