West Valley hopes pitching will show up at state tournament

FAIRBANKS-On side of the state baseball tournament bracket are the West Valley Wolfpack. On the opposite side the Lathrop Malemutes Who knows there could be an all-Interior baseball final.

West Valley's only losses this season have come to Lathrop but the Wolfpack play the South Central Champion Wasilla Warriors.

West Valley will have to clean up the mental errors in order to go deep in the tournament. They lost the MAC title game to Lathrop behind eight errors. That was one of the things the team addressed before heading to Sitka this week.

If they correct that head coach Mark Wade believes his team has a good chance because he also believes that they have the pitching staff built for the state tournament. Junior pitcher Tyler Christman agrees.

"We probably got the best pitching staff in the Interior so we have Casey. He's doing really good this year and Taylor has been coming in and closing games really and I've been trying to put work in this year too."

Wade mentioned that types of pitches that will help the Wolfpack be successful no matter who is on the bump.

"You hope that your pitching shows up and keeps balls over the plate, throws low and just keeps the ball down to where to if he throws a bunch of ground balls we have a chance," Wade said.

Senior Casey Lewandoski is considered the ace of the staff. He has a simple game plan and mindset for the tournament even facing a tough Wasilla team in the first game.

"We know that they can hit pretty well and well so can we. Pitchers are going try and throw strikes and fielders are going to field and hopefully it'll turn out for the best." Lewandoski said.