South's Max Karnos gave baseball fans a good look at the talent that earned him Cook Inlet Conference most valuable player honors Thursday in the opening round of the state baseball tournament at Mulcahy Stadium, where the Wolverines downed Lathrop 2-0.
Karnos struck out 12 and allowed three hits in a complete-game, seven-inning performance that lasted less than 90 minutes.
Both of South's runs came in the bottom of the third inning and Karnos had a hand in each. He drove in Alec Valdez with a single and eventually came around to score on a passed ball.
South will face Kodiak in Friday's semifinals, and Lathrop will play Ketchikan in a consolation game.
Service 13, West Valley 3
An RBI-double from Service's Matt Ilalio brought the 10-run mercy rule into effect in the sixth inning and gave the Cougars a 13-3 win over West Valley in the first round.
The Cook Inlet Conference champion Cougars notched nine hits and scored in every inning. Ilalio finished with two hits and two runs. Matt Yandell drove in a pair of runs on one hit, and first baseman Conner Duff got things rolling for Service with a two-run single in the first inning.
West Valley cleanup hitter Jon Lovell hit the ball hard in a 1-for-2 effort, and Taylor Geil added a hit and a run for the Wolfpack.
Kodiak 7, Ketchikan 1
Brandon Mahle struck out 13 in a complete-game one-hitter to lead Kodiak to a 7-1 victory over Ketchikan in the first round.
Seth Star drove in two runs on two of Kodiak's seven hits.
Juneau 6, Colony 3
Defending state champion Juneau used a grand slam from Kyle Gould to knock of previously undefeated Colony with a 6-3 first-round win.
Colony, the Southcentral Conference champions, led 3-0 in the third, when Gould's grand slam gave Juneau the lead for good.
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