The Delta Junction High School baseball team moved into first place in the Mid Alaska Conference after a 13-11 victory over the North Pole Patriots on Wednesday night at Newby Field in North Pole.

“It’s different, but it feels pretty darn good,” Huskies head coach Dave Schmidt, by phone, said of being in first place. 

The Huskies, 4-1 overall, compiled 12 hits, including a team-high three from Dustin Peterson, who also had a double. Justin Gerhart and Omar Powers contributed two hits apiece and Gerhart drove in three runs.

The Patriots finished with nine hits and Ben Green drove in three runs for the hosts.

Huskies starting pitcher Luke Vertz struck out seven during a four-inning stint. Luke Schmidt and Powers helped the secure the win while pitching in relief.

Patriots pitcher Gavin Fischer struck out five while working 2 2/3 innings.

Delta Junction poured on eight runs in the top of the fifth inning after trailing 7-2.

The Patriots trimmed the Huskies’ lead to 10-9 in the bottom of the fifth. Delta Junction churned out three runs in the sixth and seventh, while North Pole scored twice in the bottom of the seventh.

Delta Junction plays host to the West Valley Wolfpack at 5 p.m. today. North Pole visits Delta Junction at noon Saturday.

In a game Tuesday at Newby Field, the Eielson Ravens won 8-4 over the Lathrop Malemutes. The Ravens led 6-1 heading into the bottom of the fourth inning.


Rams soccer wins

Nathan Walsh scored a hat trick and Austin Clarkson had two goals for the unbeaten Monroe Catholic Rams boys soccer team after an 8-0 win over the Hutchison Hawks in Wednesday night’s game at the Fairbanks Youth Soccer Association turf fields.

Walsh produced goals in the seventh, 73rd and 77th minutes of the game played in 68-degree, sunny weather. Clarkson scored in the sixth and 33rd minutes.

The Rams, 4-0-0, got single goals from Isaac Garcia, Maura Grahek and Weston Grahek in the first half.

Tre Puryear worked as Monroe Catholic’s goalkeeper in the first half and Clarkson took over in the second half.  

Monroe takes on Eielson at 7:30 p.m. today at the FYSA turf.


NP softball splits

The North Pole Patriots softball team won against the Hutchison Hawks in a Mid Alaska Conference game and lost to the West Valley Wolfpack in a nonconference contest Wednesday night at the South Davis Fields.

The Patriots overcame a 2-0 deficit and beat the Hawks 20-5.

Cece Martinez and Jaden Rodgers each batted 3 for 3, and Martinez drove in three runs and Rodgers had two RBIs.

Janice Dykes went 3 for 4 with four RBIs and winning pitcher Sierra Glade drove in two runs while going 0 for 3.

Grace Sikorski and Karlee Pearson each had a hit for North Pole, 2-1 overall and 2-0 MAC.

Glade struck out five while pitching for the distance.

North Pole and West Valley were tied at 2 before the Wolfpack pulled away for a 7-2 win.

Glade went 1 for 3 with a RBI. Pearson and Dykes also were 1 for 3 and Hailey Croan was 1 for 1.

Dykes started as the Patriots pitcher, working four innings.

No statistics were reported for Hutchison and West Valley.

Contact News-Miner sports editor Danny Martin at 459-7586. Follow him on Twitter:@newsminersports.