FAIRBANKS-Last night on the diamond two cross town rivals collided for the MAC baseball championship. The West Valley Wolfpack and Lathrop Malemutes. It was West Valley's senior night as four seniors were recognized before the game.
It was a pitching duel between West Valley senior Casey Lewandoski and Lathrop senior Terrell Ford. Ford was hot striking out four straight batters to start this game.
But the Wolfpack got it going behind a bases-loaded hit from senior Jordan Rodenberger driving in two runs for West Valley. They led 4-1 at the end of four innings.
However errors would hurt the Wolfpack and would help Lathrop come back. The Wolfpack committed eight errors in the game. Cam Walker's triple for an RBI capped a four spot in the top of the fifth as the go ahead run comes home to give Lathrop a 5-4 lead.
Lathrop got some insurance runs in the top of sixth and close out this game winning 8-5.
West Valley's only losses have to been to Lathrop this year and they will go to state as the second seed from the MAC.
"You don't win a ball game win you make eight errors," West Valley baseball head coach Mark Wade said. "You know we hit the ball well, we had good pitching and you know we just made mistakes and that's how we beat ourselves."
Head coach Tyler Hollister knows Lathrop's three-peat as MAC Champions is sweet as he got mushed in the face with a cupcake by one his assistant coaches during post game interviews.
"This is what we've been working for. This is what we expected to happen. This is what we planned for. All those days in the gym, these are the days that makes those days in the gym worth it," Hollister said.
Sophomore catcher Wyatt Berg hit a rbi for Lathrop during their rally.
"You know we really put it together. We have a potential we got to live up and I feel like we did that tonight. We played out game well," Berg said.
"We just got to keep trying-keep going hard every game. We wanted to be the best in town and that's what we just did." Ford said.