Chugiak clinches spot in CIC baseball tournament on season’s final day
Chugiak kept its hopes of reaching a third straight high school state championship game alive with a 9-5 win over West Monday at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.
The win improved the Mustangs to 4-3 in the Cook Inlet Conference, clinching the eight-team league’s fourth and final conference tournament berth. The top two teams in the CIC tourney will advance to state.
Jake Kindred was a force on offense and defense for the Mustangs, going 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI at the plate and striking out six Eagles in three shutout innings on the mound. Chugiak pounded 12 hits in the game, getting two hits each from Trystan Costanios and Sam Hall. Hall also drove in two runs, as did second baseman Christian Cambridge.
The Mustangs plated a run in the second on an RBI single by Costanios, then broke things open with a five-run fifth.
Chugiak, which won state in 2015 and finished runner-up to South last year, will play Friday at 7 p.m. at Mulcahy Stadium against the CIC’s top seed. The conference’s top four teams — South, Dimond, Service and Chugiak — are set, but seeding won’t be finalized until after Tuesday’s games, which pit 6-0 South against 5-1 Dimond and 5-1 Service against 0-7 Bartlett.
Wolves head to consolation tourney
Also Monday night, Eagle River closed its regular season with a 3-2 CIC loss to East at Bartlett. Braden Olmstead and Christian Frederick had the only hits for the Wolves, who finished 2-5 in the regular season.
The loss snapped a two-game winning streak for the Wolves, who will compete in a four-team CIC round-robin consolation tournament against the T-birds, West and Bartlett beginning Thursday.