ANCHORAGE, AK-The ASAA First National Bank Alaska state baseball tournament featured Lathrop and West Valley who are making their seventh appearances in the tourney. This year it didn't go their way.
Lathrop fell last night to South Anchorage in a close 2-0 decision. Max Karnos for South was in command striking out 12 Malemutes in a complete game.
Lathrop just couldn't get the hits to bring runners home.
Today Lathrop also lost to Ketchikan, last year's second place team, 12-3 to effectively end Lathrop's season finishing 8-4 overall after winning the MAC with an 8-2.
The Wolfpack lost last night as well taking a 13-3 L to Service who was the top Cook Inlet Conference team. The Cougars scored in each inning and had nine hits.
In West Valley's second game today they went up against Colony. Colony won 7-2 ending the Wolfpack's season.
Today Tyler Hollister talked about the future of the Malemutes and Mark Wade was proud of his team and the Interior before heading to the state tournament.
"We're losing two seniors off of this year's team and we're returning pretty much everybody else so we're really happy with the way this year went," Hollister said. "We came together as team, the young guys grew up a lot this year and we have a very bright future."
"They've been in the gym since March at all the high schools: North Pole, Lathrop, Monroe, all of them-Delta. So these kids, you know, you got to give them credit. They do something different than what a lot of kids in most of the United States don't have to do," Wade said. "I'm proud of all the kids and you know, they played with a lot of passion. All of these teams play with a lot of passion and it makes it fun for us coaches."