Local prep softball teams knocked out of CIC tournament
High school softball came to a waterlogged end for Chugiak and Eagle River, who both were eliminated from the Cook Inlet Conference tournament on Thursday at a rainy Albrecht Fields in Anchorage.
Both teams were scheduled to play loser’s bracket games on Wednesday, but Mother Nature had other ideas, forcing Eagle River’s game against West and Chugiak’s against Bartlett to be pushed to Thursday.
The Wolves were the first local team eliminated Thursday, falling 8-7 to West despite getting a six-strikeout performance by pitcher Avery Brown.
Chugiak lasted one game longer than the Wolves, but still game up a game short of qualifying for state. The Mustangs rebounded from an opening-round lost Tuesday by clobbering Bartlett 13-1 in a loser-out game Thursday. Kylie Seagroves gave up just two hits while striking out seven Golden Bears in four innings to get the win for Chugiak, which also got two runs and 3 RBI from Issy Kalschnee.
Chugiak had a chance to earn one of the CIC’s four playoff berths Thursday night against Dimond, but the Mustangs instead saw their season come to an end in a 10-4 loss to the Lynx. Allegra Mergen had a triple and an RBI for the Mustangs. Seagroves gave up nine hits in six innings to take the loss.
West, Dimond, East and South qualified for state, which will be held June 1-3 in Fairbanks.