ANCHORAGE, AK — The Napoleon Post 300 Legion secured the BP Invitational Championship with a 12-1 victory over Rhode Island on Sunday afternoon.
It is the River Bandits (19-9) third overall title in 25 years and first since 2013, tying with Legion Post 19 from Columbia, Tenn. for the most in tournament history.
Napoleon opened the scoring in the third inning with a run but added seven more in the fourth breaking the game open while pounding out 13 hits and limiting Rhode Island to just six.
Rhode Island scored its only run in the bottom of the fifth.
Austin Lichty led the Bandits from the hill allowing one run in seven innings while fanning three.
Brandon Shafer and Jacob Smith each powered Napoleon with three singles each.
Earlier in the day, the Bandits advanced to the championship game thanks to a walk-off single by Dakota Benner in the bottom of the seventh for the 1-0 victory over Chugiak.
Benner drove in Zac Brickel who avoided the tag at home to give Napoleon the win. In the sixth inning, the Bandits had the go-ahead run thrown out at the plate which would have given them the lead.
Daryke Bass earned the victory for Napoleon but starter Landon Willeman put the Bandits in position to win working 6.2 innings allowing one hit while fanning 11. Willeman worked out of a fourth inning bases loaded jam to keep the Bandits in the hunt.
Willeman also led the Bandits from the plate with a a pair of singles.
On Saturday, Napoleon split a pair of games to advance to the semifinals finishing runner-up in pool play.
In the early matchup, Juneau scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth to break a 4-4 tie which proved to be enough to sink the Bandits.
Willeman led an eight-hit attack for Napoleon with two singles and a double while Axel Shanks hit two singles and Zac Brickel added a single and a triple.
In the nightcap, Napoleon rallied from a 6-5 deficit in the top of the seventh for four to defeat Diamond, 9-6.
Shanks hit two doubles for the Bandits while Hunter Bostater added two singles.
Austin Lichty earned the win on the hill for Napoleon.
The River Bandits will continue their Alaskan campaign beginning today at the Bill Miller Big Fish Tournament in Kenai at 10 a.m. They will face a familiar opponent, Rhode Island, in the opening round.
Napoleon 001 710 3 — 12 13 0
Rhode Island 000 010 0 — 1 6 0
Records: Napoleon 19-9.
Winning pitcher: Austin Lichty (7 innings, 1 run, 6 hits, 3 strikeouts, 0 walks).
Leading hitters: (Napoleon) — Brandon Shafer 3 singles; Jacob Smith 3 singles; Zac Brickel double; Austin Lichty 2 singles.
Chugiak 000 000 0 — 0 2 3
Napoleon 000 000 1 — 1 4 0
Records: Napoleon 18-9.
Winning pitcher: Daryke Bass (.1 innings, 0 runs, 1 hit, 1 strikeout, 0 walks). Other: Landon Willeman.
Leading hitters: (Napoleon) — Landon Willeman 2 singles.
Napoleon 102 101 4 — 9 9 1
Diamond 003 030 0 — 6 10 3
Records: Napoleon 17-9.
Winning pitcher: Landon Willeman (1 inning, 0 runs, 0 hits, 3 strikeouts, 1 walk). Others: Dakota Benner, Austin Lichty.
Leading hitters: (Napoleon) — Axel Shanks 2 doubles; Hunter Bostater 2 singles; Austin Bostater triple.
Napoleon 101 110 0 — 4 8 0
Juneau 020 113 x — 7 8 2
Records: Napoleon 16-9.
Losing pitcher: Levi Gonyer (.2innings, 3 runs, 2 hits, 0 strikeouts, 2 walks). Others: Caleb Frank, Brandon Shafer.
Leading hitters: (Napoleon) — Landon Willeman 2 singles, double; Axel Shanks 2 singles; Zac Brickel single, triple.