Outnumbered but not outclassed, the Alaska Baseball Academy travel team continued its winning ways Saturday at the Arizona Fall Classic in Phoenix.
The Alaskans cruised to an 8-1 route of MVP Baseball, an all-star team with players from 20 states.
“They definitely had us outnumbered in the dugout,” Alaska Coach Tony Wylie said via email. “They had the same number of pitchers in their bullpen as we had on our entire team.”
The win keeps Alaska undefeated through four games in the 69-team tournament, the largest showcase event in the western United States. The tournament attracts scores of professional scouts and college recruiters.
Jonny Homza of South led the way for Alaska. He delivered a triple and a double and pitched two scoreless innings in relief of Kenai pitcher Gavin Peterson, who was also tough on the mound.
Noah Alexander of Dimond collected a pair of hits, including a stand-up double, and Paul Steffensen of Kenai stole three bases.
“It was a great day for us off the field too, with several more players getting interest from schools that I am sure will lead to more Alaskan ball players finding college opportunities,” Wylie said.
Credit: Anchorage Dispatch News