Alaska baseball Academy

2 days, 2 wins in desert

The 2015 Alaska Baseball Academy continued its winning ways at the Arizona Fall Classic.

One day after beating a Canadian team, the ABA all-stars knocked off a team from California 4-1 behind the pitching performance of Nolan Monaghan of Wasilla and Jonny Homza from South.

Homza struck out six batters over four scoreless innings. He also singled. South’s Julito Fazzini doubled. Other Alaskans to get a base hit were Noah Alexander of Dimond, Lian Lincoln of South, Kasey Watts of Juneau and Raleigh Pigg of Service.

The ABA all-stars participate in the Arizona Fall Classic each year. The exhibition event helps showcase the best high school and American Legion players in Alaska. Dozens of college and pro scouts are on hand to evaluate the players.

Yesterday the Alaskans split a two-game series.

It started with a 4-3 win over Canada behind the play of Homza, who doubled twice, scored a run and drove in another. Pitcher Bryce Swofford of Juneau earned the win.

Monaghan drove in a pair of runs and Alexander singled, scored and swiped two bags.

In the nightcap, Alaska dropped a 4-1 decision to the SoCal Bombers. The Alaska hitters were limited to four hits but stayed in the game thanks to pitching by Tommy Koloski of South and Nathan Bonck of Ketchikan.

This story was written by Van Williams, a freelance writer in Anchorage and the ALB Media Director.