A "howling" win for the Wolves
Eagle River relief pitcher Guido Gerali, a foreign-exchange student from Italy, pitched four inning of scoreless ball to help the Wolves to a 16-7 victory over Chugiak in action at Mulcahy Stadium Saturday.
Head coach Greg Frost said the Wolves were howling along on all cylinders in the game between the two rival schools.
“Everyone was up for the game and everyone did well,” Frost said succinctly.
Eagle River started out hot, with two runs in the first, with a Collin Metzel line-drive double to centerfield scoring teammates Cameron Fabacher and Michael Rosenburg.
The Wolves followed up with three more in the second, highlighted by a RJ Discherl home run over the left-center wall, to move out to a 5-1 advantage.
The Chugiak offense caught fire in the third, however, with five runs, chasing Eagle River started Pete Kott from the mound. Enter Gerali.
A dual-sport participant, who also plays boys soccer, Gerali, then put out the flame, limiting the Mustangs to only two more hits in the seven-inning contest.
Metzel finished 3-for-5, with two doubles, five RBIs, and two runs scored, as did Trent Talley, 3-for-3, with a double.
Michael Rosenberg and Cory Lestochi, both 2-for-3, with three runs scored each, with Rosenberg also supplying a double.
Other Eagle River High hits were provided by Christian Fabacher and Nathan Ragina, with the Wolves outhit the Mustangs, 13-3.
Chugiak’s Brandon Neal was 2-for-4. The Chugiak catcher also threw out an advancing baserunner on a straight steal attempt early in the game, reported Mustang coach Doug Henie.
Hunter Hanson provided a hit and scored twice for the visiting Mustangs.
Henie said he was pleased with the team’s pitching.
“We are putting the ball in the strike zone. Now, we just need to have a better command of where it is in the zone,” Henie said Monday.
Frost said he was very pleased with his team’s defensive showing.
“We played some solid D,” he added.
With the game, Eagle River moves to 2-2 in Cook Inlet Conference standings, 2-3 overall, with Chugiak High, 0-4 (2-5).
Chugiak plays Bartlett, at 4:30 p.m. this Friday, with East hosting East, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Chugiak plays East (1 p.m.) and Eagle River confronts Service High (7 p.m.). All games are played at Mulcahy Stadium.