A pair of right-handed pitchers stole the show Friday at the 17th annual BP Exploration baseball tournament at Mulcahy Stadium.
Zach Ferntheil of Service Post 28 and Max Karnos of South Post 4 delivered seven-inning, complete-game shutouts to highlight a five-game day at Mulcahy Stadium.
Ferntheil struck out 14 batters and walked none in seven innings to lead Service to a 1-0 victory over Chugiak Post 33. Ryan Bailey scored the game's only run when he doubled, moved to third on a balk and scored on a passed ball.
That was all the run support needed by Ferntheil, who faced only three batters over the minimum possible of 21. Strikeouts accounted for all but seven of Chugiak's outs.
"It's kinda hard to top this," Service manager Ken Wooster said.
Karnos came close, though.
Karnos fired a one-hitter and ripped a two-run single in the third inning to help out his own cause in South's 3-0 triumph over Las Vegas.
Both games turned into pitcher's duels. For Chugiak, Cameron Fritz scattered five hits and walked just one, while Will Silcox tossed a four-hitter for Las Vegas.
In other action, Spruce Grove of Edmonton, Alberta, put up 22 runs in a pair of wins, tripping Las Vegas 11-7 and stopping West 11-1, and Austin Bueter carried the Napoleon River Bandits of Ohio to a 3-1 triumph over Dimond Post 21.
Bueter struck out nine before getting chased in the sixth inning by Sagan Osborne's solo home run. Napoleon ended two Dimond threats by turning double plays, and when the Lynx loaded the bases with two outs in the final inning, reliever Levi Fisher struck out Osborne to secure victory.
Edmonton's Connor Girard drove in four runs in the win over Las Vegas and scored twice in the win over West. The Canadians piled up eight runs in the sixth inning against West, making the most of four walks and one hit batsman.
The tournament continues today and Sunday with five games each day.