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Post 3 takes top seed in Matson Invitational
Ketchikan Post 3’s Tug Olson, left, celebrates with Azariah Schultz after scoring a run on June 28 at Walker Field. Staff photo by Dustin Safranek

KETCHIKAN (KDN) — It has been an up and down season for the Ketchikan Post 3 ball club, as it seemed for every step forward in the win column, the team took a step backward in the loss column.

Such was the case this past weekend, when Ketchikan closed out the regular season with a 2-2 stretch in Anchorage against Kenai and North Pole.

Post 3 enters the postseason at 14-14 — an even .500 — but after all of that,  Ketchikan carries the top seed into the Matson Invitational.

The Matson Invitational, set to begin on Friday, is the lower level of the two Alaska Legion Baseball state tournaments. Just like the championship bracket, the Matson Invitational is double-elimination.

Its title game will be on July 30 at Mulcahy Stadium.

Post 3 will play the winner of Bartlett Post 29 and South Anchorage’s open squad matchup at 6:15 p.m. at Bartlett High School on Friday. South Anchorage Post 4’s main team is in the championship bracket, with an overall record of 17-10.

Bartlett and South Anchorage’s open team play at 10:15 a.m.

At 14-14, Ketchikan had the best regular season of any team in the Matson Invitational under Alaska Legion Baseball’s website. Eagle River (7-21), Service (9-19), Fairbanks (9-17), North Pole (9-16), Kodiak (5-25), East Anchorage (5-20) and Bartlett (2-26) are all sub .500.

South Anchorage open team’s record sits above .500, at 10-9, but it was given the No. 17 seed in the Matson Invitational — the last seed in the tournament — and does not have an official standing listed under either the American or National divisions on Alaska Legion Baseball’s website.

Ketchikan finished fifth in the American Division.