Chugiak rides hot streak into Legion baseball playoffs
Chugiak used a late-season surge to storm its way into the Alaska American Legion State Baseball Tournament, which begins Tuesday at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.
After closing the season with seven straight league wins, the Post 33 Mustangs finished 11-7 in league play, good enough to clinch one of the National Division’s three automatic playoff spots. Chugiak — which won the state title in 2015 — didn’t lose a league game in the month of July, outscoring its opponents by a combined 46 runs during its final seven league games.
The Mustangs are seeded seventh in the tournament and will face Service on Tuesday at 3:15 p.m. at Mulcahy. The Cougars finished 16-2 in the National Division and defeated the Mustangs in both regular-season meetings, including a 16-14 Service win on June 8 and a 3-2 Cougars triumph June 12.
The winner of the state tournament will advance to the Northwest Regional in Missoula, Montana Aug. 2-6.
After hanging in the thick of the playoff race all season, Eagle River dropped its final three league games to finish 8-10, missing out on either of the league’s two wild card playoff spots. Instead of heading to state, the Wolves will have to be content with playing in the consolation Matson Invitational, which starts Tuesday at Bartlett High. The Wolves — who finished 10th overall in the 16-team league — will open the tournament against Fairbanks Post 30 on Tuesday at 3:15 p.m.
For more, visit alaskalegion.com.
Alaska American Legion
Final regular season standings
Eagle River 8-10
Fairbanks 11 5-13
Fairbanks 30 3-15
(x-clinched playoff berth)
Alaska American Legion Baseball
State Tournament Schedule
At Mulcahy Stadium
Tuesday, July 25
West vs. Wasilla, 9 a.m.
Dimond vs. South, noon
Chugiak vs. Service, 3:15 p.m.
Kenai vs. Juneau, 6:30 p.m.
At Bartlett High
Tuesday, July 25
Kodiak vs. East, 9 a.m.
Fairbanks 11 vs. Palmer, Noon
Fairbanks 30 vs. Eagle River, 3:15 p.m.
Bartlett vs. Ketchikan, 6:30 p.m.