South and Service to battle for state baseball crown

South and Service each turned in convincing wins Friday in the semifinals of the high school baseball state tournament at Mulcahy Stadium.

South prevailed with an 8-2 win over Kodiak, and Service torched defending champion Juneau 12-0. South will face the Cougars in Saturday's championship game at 4 p.m.

South has been a hot team of late, with Friday's victory extending its winning streak to seven games.

"We came into the season very unseasoned at this level of play," South manager Russ Baker said in a press release. "I've got a lot of new kids that are playing at this level for the first time and I think they were lacking a little bit of confidence. They finally found themselves."

Nick Jensen's two hits and two runs highlighted South's win, with Connor Farnsworth also scoring twice. South recorded four hits and took advantage of three Kodiak errors. Brad Butcher and Sage Dudick handled pitching duties for South, scattering eight hits over seven innings.

Seth Starr and Austin Frick each drove in runs for Kodiak.

Service's Johnny Meszaros dazzled on the mound, striking out eight, walking none and allowing three hits in a complete-game win. Service racked 14 hits in a game that ended after six innings due to mercy rule.

South last won a state title in 2011 and Service is looking for its first since 2001.

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