South Post 4 and Dimond Post 21 earned shutout victories Sunday in the American Legion state tournament at Mulcahy Stadium and will meet each other in a semifinal Tuesday.
Dimond invoked the mercy rule in its 10-0 win over Juneau Post 25 while South earned a 4-0 victory over Kenai Post 20.
On Monday, Kenai faces Chugiak Post 33 in one of two elimination games — the other features Juneau against Wasilla Post 35.
Nick Jensen didn’t walk a batter and scattered five hits through seven innings to earn the win for South.
Kenai’s Klayton Justice took the loss — he allowed five hits, four runs, all of them earned, and walked nine batters in six innings of work.
South scored two runs in the fourth inning and two in the fifth. Sage Dudick went 2 for 4 with two RBIs for South, which got two RBIs from Jake Crapps.
Josh Darrow led Kenai with a pair of hits.
Dimond’s Jordan Clevenger allowed four hits and struck out five in a complete-game, five-inning effort. Clevenger helped his cause with one hit and two RBIs.
Dimond jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first inning, then racked up seven runs in the fourth to seal the win.
Mahlon Cleveland went 2 for 2 with two RBIs for Dimond, which got two hits and two RBIs from Preston Micheletto. Mason Anderson also drove in two runs for Dimond.
American Legion state tournament
Dimond 10, Juneau 0
South 4, Kenai 0
10 a.m. — Chugiak vs. Kenai
1 p.m. — Wasilla vs. Juneau