Dimond defeated South 5-4 to win the American Legion state championship Saturday at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage. Dimond secured the crown by winning five straight games after falling into the losers' bracket early in the tournament.
South held a 3-1 lead entering the bottom of the sixth inning of the nine-inning game, but Dimond scored three runs to take a 4-3 lead.
After South evened the score at 4 going into the bottom of the eighth, Dimond scored the winning run on a two-out single from Matt Pritchard, who was 2 for 5.
Cory Clevenger, who earned the win in allowing one run over four innings of relief, closed the door in the ninth. Josh Crapps took the loss for South.
Soldotna High School graduate Josiah Covey won the academic scholarship for the state, earning $1,000 in scholarship money.
Covey, who played for the SoHi baseball team and the American Legion, is eligible for further scholarship considerations.
The Twins' AJ Hull was given the Big Stick Award for the best offensive performance at the tournament. Dimond's Vince Partusch took the Gold Glove, South's Crapps was the Outstanding Pitcher, and Sagan Osborne of Dimond was the MVP.