Remarkable right-handed pitcher Nathan Klein fired a 4-hitter with 16 strikeouts to lift Juneau Post 25 over Service Post 28 at Mulcahy Stadium.
The game featured the third-place finisher from state [Juneau] and the Matson Invitational champion [Service] in a postseason qualifier.
The game would decide which third Alaska team would travel to to a regional tournament.
Juneau’s victory assured manager Andy Macaulay’s team a trip to the Northwest Class A Regional Tournament [NWCART], which starts later this week in Logan, Utah.
Klein struck out 16 of 32 batters faced and threw a total of 124 pitches.
Juneau’s JR Markovich, Tod Baseden and Bryce Swofford each drove in runs.
Juneau managed just three hits off Service starter Cobey Cupp in 4.2 innings. Reliever Raleigh Pigg pitched 3.1 hitless innings with five strikeouts.
But they issued 10 walks.
Jaren Childs had the lone RBI for the Cougars.
Juneau will join Kenai Post 20 at the NWCART in Utah. State champion Chugiak Post 33 will go to Cheyenne, Wyoming, for the Northwest Regional in the first step toward qualifying for the Legion World Series.
This story was written by Van Williams, a freelance writer in Anchorage and the ALB Media Director.