The Monroe Catholic Rams overcame a three-run deficit by scoring five runs in the bottom of the fourth inning on the way to an 8-5 win over the West Valley Wolfpack in Saturday night’s Mid Alaska Conference game at Growden Memorial Park.

Monroe Catholic also was held to three hits by West Valley pitchers Shaun Conwell and Graydon Lesneski. The Wolfpack got nine hits against Gabe Silas, who finished with seven strikeouts and earned the win while going the distance on the mound.

The Rams trailed 5-2 heading into the fourth inning. The Rams went ahead 7-5 and added insurance with a run in the bottom of the sixth.

Izak Lohrke batted 1 for 1 with two RBIs and a run scored. Josh Gray, Tommy Bast and Brighton Higbee each drove in a run Saturday.

Bast also scored twice, and Higbee hit 1 for 3 and scored once.

Lesneski batted 2 for 4 with an RBI, and Dylan Swarthout had a triple during a 1-for-3 night with an RBI and a run scored.

Conwell had an RBI while hitting 1 for 4, and Isaac Coon went 2 for 2 with a run scored.

Jacob Angaiak and Andrew Troppman each had a hit and scored a run for the Wolfpack.

Lesneski finished with eight strikeouts and Conwell had five.

WV soccer 


West Valley scored early and held on for a 1-0 victory over the Colony Knights in a Railbelt Conference high school boys soccer game in Palmer on Saturday.

The game’s only goal occurred at the fifth minute during a corner kick by Seth Thomas. Chris Elbell dropped back 3 feet and sent in the ball with a head shot.

“The remainder of the game was a great battle with both teams coming up with numerous quality chances and a myriad of great defensive stops,’’ West Valley head coach Howard Maxwell wrote in an email.

Kristaps Bareika registered his eighth shutout of the season for the Wolfpack, 13-0-1 overall and 7-0-1 Raibelt.

Hutch girls

soccer wins

Sierra Shurr scored both goals for the Hutchison Hawks girls soccer team in its 2-0 nonconference victory over the Palmer Moose on Saturday at the Fairbanks Youth Soccer Association turf fields.

Shurr, a senior, scored with a 20-yard shot in the 19th minute and put in another shot from the same distances in the 65th minute.

Robin Parker, a freshman goalkeeper, earned the shutout with 12 saves. 

Hutchison, 3-3-1 overall and 0-1-1 MAC, faces conference rival North Pole Patriots at 3:30 p.m. Monday on the FYSA turf. It’s the Hawks’ last game of the regular season and Hutchison needs to win by at least four goals to advance to the Division II state tournament May 23-25 at Service High School in Anchorage and at Eagle River High School.

Bast also scored twice and Higbee hit 1 for 3 and scored once.