West Valley Baseball wins MAC title with Walkoff over North Pole

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The North Pole Patriots continued their run through the Mid Alaska Conference Tournament with a 5-1 victory over the number two seeded Delta Junction Huskies in extra innings on Friday.
The three-seeded Patriots used a four-run eighth inning spark the come from behind victory.​
North Pole's Alex Garcia earned the win on the mound, tossing nine strikeouts in a one-hit, complete game effort. ​
Garcia also helped his cause with an RBI fielders choice to get to the Patriots on the board in the sixth inning to knot the game at one.​
Seven different Patriots collected a base-hit on the day, including a two-run single by Wyatt Kammer, while Omar Powers had the lone hit for the Huskies​
This win secures an automatic berth into the state championships for the Patriots, but first, they take on West Valley in the Mid Alaska Conference Championship. ​
On the other side of the Bracket, the West Valley Wolfpack advanced with a 7-1 win over the Monroe Catholic Rams.
The Pack started off strong in this semi-final matchup, hanging up 3 runs before Monroe was able to get on the board. ​
The Rams broke the drought with a score at the top of the fourth inning, but West Valley responded very strongly with four runs of their own in the bottom of that frame. ​
The Wolfpack were led at the plate by a three RBI night from Dylan Swarthout. ​
Jacob Angaiak also added two RBIs for the Wolfpack while Billy Renfrew, Graydon Lesneski, and Shaun Conwell all scored twice. ​
Conwell also pitched all seven innings for West Valley. ​
He struck out four batters while only allowing three hits and a run. ​
For the Rams, Aiden Krause brought Izak Lohrke in for their lone score of the game. ​
This win officially set the field for the MAC Championship, which was held this afternoon. ​
The Wolfpack and Patriots met this afternoon for the Mid Alaska Conference title.
In a close game that came down to the very last play, West Valley won the tournament with a 2-1 victory. ​
North Pole drew first blood with a run at the top of the first inning, and held the Pack scoreless for each of the first three frames. ​
West Valley eventually tied it up with a run in the fourth inning, and that 1-1 score remained up until the bottom of the seventh. ​
Graydon "Country" Lesneski hit a sacrifice fly to bring home William Boswood and secure the win for West Valley. ​
Andrew Troppman pitched all seven innings for the Pack, only allowing 2 hits and striking out 9 batters. ​
The top two teams in the Mid Alaska Conference earned trips to state so both of these teams will be heading to Anchorage next week, but the Wolfpack may have secured a higher seed with this win. ​
This is the second conference championship in a row for the Wolfpack. ​
Graydon Lesneski said "We're so excited. We feel really confident this year. We've seen everybody. We've been there two times now and it just means everything to go in and give it a shot." ​
​Andrew Troppman said "That was a great feeling. I just remember thinking wow this is it we're going to get the conference and then go get our trophy real quick. The amount of hard work we've put in this season is really cool. Just making sure every practice is like a game, showing up early, staying late, just doing whatever it takes to get what we need to get done."​