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Alex Garcia homers, strikes out 9 in 3 innings as North Pole wins Interior Baseball Tournament

Published: May. 3, 2021 at 8:34 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Baseball fans are familiar with a ‘perfect game’; when a pitcher lasts the complete game without allowing a runner on base.

North Pole’s Alex Garcia nearly had his own version of that on the mound - and at the plate - against the Lathrop Malemutes in the Interior Preseason Tournament Championship Game Saturday.

The right-handed senior started on the bump for the Patriots, using just 11 pitches to strike out the side in the opening inning, before sitting down three more batters in the bottom of the second. After walking and hitting an RBI single in his first two at bats, Garcia stepped to the plate with two runners on base and an 8-0 lead in the third inning.

The future Butte College Roadrunner took the first pitch, before loading up and crushing a three-run home run that went well over the 330-foot left field fence at Newby to put an exclamation point on a 14-2 North Pole victory in the title game.

At the plate, Garcia finished 3-4 with 4 RBIs while on the mound, he struck out 9 of the 10 batters he faced in three innings of work - with a lone walk preventing the perfect outing.

Noah Perkins followed up Garcia’s brilliancy with filth of his own, striking out five while not allowing a hit to complete the combined no-hitter in the five-inning contest.

Both pitchers helped their own cause offensively, as Perkins went 2-2 with two walks at the plate in the convincing victory.

Sophomore Logan Fischer produced 3 RBIs, while Ethan Clifford had two hits, including an RBI single that scored Garcia. Others collecting one of North Pole’s 10 hits include Ethan Frollo (1-2, 2 RBI) and Riley Perry (1-2, 2 Runs).

Jagan Nautiyal and Henry Simoneau scored the lone runs for Lathrop.

The win over the Malemutes was the cherry on top of a dominant weekend for the Patriots. Over three games, North Pole outscored their opponents 30-6, proving to be a force for the rest of the season.

The Patriots are set to host the Monroe Catholic Rams Tuesday at 6 p.m., while Lathrop has scheduled a double-header with the Delta Huskies (5 p.m.) and North Pole (7:30 p.m.) for their home-openers at Arco Field. West Valley and Lathrop will travel to the Mat-Su Valley this weekend to face Colony and Wasilla, while Hutchison and Delta will square-off on Saturday at 6 p.m. at West Valley High School’s field.

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