In June, Jace Crall was a key member of Kodiak High’s Division II state runner-up baseball team.
On Tuesday at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage, Crall helped Wasilla Post 35 capture the Matson Invitational with a 9-0 victory over West Anchorage.
The Matson featured the seven Alaska American Legion baseball teams that did not qualify for the state tournament.
Crall drove in a run on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the sixth, then pitched a scoreless seventh inning to secure Wasilla’s second Matson title. The Road Warriors won in 2018 and are now 9-0 at the Matson.
Crall struck out one and induced a double play that wiped out a pair of walks.
Crall’s season isn’t finished. By winning the Matson, Wasilla qualified for the Northwest Class A Regional Tournament that is being held in Anchorage Aug. 6-10.
South, Juneau, Ketchikan and Service — the second- through fifth-place finishers at the state tournament — will also be playing in the tournament.
Crall — a member of the Kodiak Post 17 squad that finished fifth at the 2018 state tournament — was eligible to play for Wasilla because his family is in the process of moving to the Mat-Su Valley. The rising senior will be attending Wasilla High.
Wasilla the regular season with a 5-11 conference record, 13-15 overall. The Road Warriors topped Bartlett (17-7), Fairbanks (18-13) and West (12-1) to reach the finals.
Eagle River pulled off one of the biggest upsets in Alaska American Legion state history on Tuesday night.
Behind a solo homer from Orazio Ramos in the fourth inning, Eagle River stunned top seed South Anchorage 1-0 in the state championship game.
South was a perfect 16-0 in conference play during the regular season, while Eagle River was 9-7.
Eagle River advances to the Northwest Regional Aug. 3-7 in Wyoming.