West Valley and North Pole Baseball teams prepare for State Tournament

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Five Interior Baseball and Softball teams will be heading down to Anchorage this weekend for their state championship tournaments.
We'll start with baseball, more specifically, the Mid Alaska Conference Champion West Valley Wolfpack. ​
The Pack earned their higher seed in dramatic fashion at the MAC Baseball Championships, winning the title game with a Walk-off Sac Fly from Graydon Lesneski. ​
The Pack have only lost twice this year, earning themselves a 12-2 record. ​
This is the second consecutive season coming in as conference champs. ​
Last year they went 0-2 in their tournament tenure so there is nowhere to go but up. ​
Members of this team feel like things will be different this year and Senior Jacob Angaiak says that is due to the bond this team has formed. ​
Jacob Angaiak said, "I think I can speak for all of us that we are really excited, and this is one of the best baseball teams I've ever been on and played on so really excited and trying to make some noise down at state. We just all bonded together, a lot of us have played together a lot like in the past years and just we like each other as a group and it's just a lot of fun to get along."​
"Any bold predictions for the weekend?"​
"We take state, yeah," said Angaiak.
The Wolfpack will begin their play in the Double-Elimination Tournament tomorrow.
Their first round matchup will be against the West Anchorage Eagles. ​​
The runners up in the Mid Alaska Conference also earned a trip to state.
The North Pole Patriots will be heading back to the tournament for the second year in a row. ​
The Patriots are heading into the tournament with a 10-5 overall record. ​
The Pats were steamrolling through the MAC Championship tournament before they fell in the title game to West Valley. ​
They defeated Lathrop 12-2 in the tournament opener and then earned a trip to Anchorage with a 5-1 win over Delta Junction. ​
The Patriots will have a tough test ahead of them in the first round of the tournament. ​
Since they were the #2 Seed from the MAC, they will face the Cook Inlet Conference Champion Chugiak Mustangs in the opening round of the double-elimination bracket. ​
Last year, the Patriots went 0-2 in state competition. ​
The Pats know they have their biggest test of the season coming up, and will have to get the offense firing on all cylinders. ​Wyatt Kammer said, "I feel like our defense should be there. I feel like we've just got to pick our bats up a bit. In the lower half and the top half we need to put more people on, get more opportunities to put some runs on the board. We're pretty excited, first time we've had a good like going good for the last two years and a very long time for North Pole. Everything is going good and if we keep on just playing baseball and clean some of the stuff up from regionals we should be alright."​