KETCHIKAN (KDN) — With two Southeast teams and two Anchorage teams in the Alaska Legion state semifinals on Monday, there was a chance Tuesday’s state championship game could be an all-Southeast matchup
Alas, it will be an all-Anchorage matchup instead.
Following Juneau Post 25’s 12-5 loss to South Anchorage Post 4 at Mulcahy Stadium Monday afternoon, Ketchikan Post 3 and Eagle River stepped foot on the same field—and it was Eagle River that wound up in front of the First City, 7-0.
The loss ultimately ends Ketchikan’s season.
Ketchikan was no-hit through 6-1/3 innings. Post 3’s Caleb Eisenhower broke up the no-hitter with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning, ripping a double. That was followed by a single by Isaac Romano.
But that was the only offense Post 3 could muster against Eagle River.
Meanwhile, Eagle River scored its seven runs on eight hits.
The semifinal matchup remained scoreless through the first two frames, but Eagle River plated a pair on the top of the third inning. It tacked on three more in the top half of the fourth, giving itself a 5-0 lead. It added a run in the sixth inning, and a run in the seventh, too.
Eagle River scored six of its seven runs against Ketchikan starting pitcher Jesse Loughman, although only four of those runs were earned.
Loughman tossed six innings, striking out three and walking three. Eisenhower relieved Loughman in the middle of the seventh inning.
Post 3 makes history
This year’s summer squad became the first Ketchikan Post 3 American Legion ball club to win an Alaska Legion state tournament game since 1983, beating Dimond Post 21 7-3 on Friday. Post 3 doubled down on that achievement, winning Saturday’s game against Palmer Post 15 9-3, and advancing to Monday’s semifinal against Eagle River.
Ketchikan finished the regular season in second place of the National Division, with an overall record of 15-12 (11-5 in conference games), before entering the Denali Pool play games this postseason. Post 3 went 2-1 in pool play games, and finished the postseason 2-2.
South Anchorage and Eagle River will play for the Alaska Legion state championship at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The game will be livestreamed on the Alliance Sports Network, which is accessible through the Alaska Legion website — AlaskaLegion.com.