FAIRBANKS—North Pole Patriots baseball coach Russ Herold said he was happy Saturday was a day of complete-game baseball for his team, which swept Eielson in a doubleheader.
The Patriots won the first game 15-5 in five innings. Keegan Gramtham pitched the duration of the game for North Pole.
Gramtham and Eli Sponseller went 3-for-4 to lead the Patriots. Gramtham had two triples and three RBI, and Sponseller registered four RBI.
In game 2, the Patriots again took just five innings to top the Ravens 13-3. Tyler Hill pitched the first two innings, and Ethan Currier finished the game on the mound for North Pole.
Caleb Madick led the team, going 2-for-3 with three RBI.
Lathrop sweeps Delta doubleheader
The Lathrop Malemutes swept the Delta Junction Huskies in Saturday’s doubleheader.
Mekiah Stansel pitched the first game for the Malemutes, picking up the 7-5 win with a three-inning performance. Colton Wolter pitched the final four innings.
LJ Sotello went 1-for-2 with two stolen bases and three runs scored, and Cameron Hendrix had a 3-for-4 night with a stolen base and two runs scored. Torgen Soderlund hit two triples on his way to a 2-for-4 night. He also scored one run and finished with three RBI.
Delta’s Jay Byam went 2 for 3 and pitched the duration of the game for the Huskies. Caleb McLeren went 3-for-4, and Joseph Byam was 1-for-2.
Lathrop won the second game, 13-1, in five innings.
Soderlund led the team with two inside-the-park home runs, one a two-run bomb and the other a solo home run. Sotello was 2-for-3 with two singles. On one of his singles, the Delta defense supplied enough fielding errors for Sotello to eventually make it home, scoring a run.
Lathrop had a six-run fourth inning.
Josh Simants was 2-for-3 with two stolen bases, two runs scored and an RBI, and senior Ray Kangas hit a two-run double late in the game. Assistant coach Dave Soderlund called Kangas’ hit the “highlight of the game.”
Jacob Wolter was the game’s winning pitcher, and Cameron Hendrix pitched the last inning for the Malemutes.
Jay Byam was 1-for-3, and Jacob McLeren went 1-for-1 — as did Cotton Schultz — to lead the Huskies. The team’s only run was scored in the top of the second inning.
“I think we definitely took advantage of the lovely weather,” Soderlund said.
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