Chugiak loses in extra innings to open state baseball tourney

Saturday, August 19, 2017 - 01:21

Chugiak fell in heartbreaking fashion on a rainy Tuesday night at Mulcahy Stadium, losing to Service 7-6 in the opening round of the Alaska American Legion Baseball State Tournament on a walk-off single in the 11th inning.

Service’s Cooper Bailey-Parsons scored the game-winning run on a one-out single by Jaren Childs off Chugiak reliever Braden Shackelford.

The Post 33 Mustangs took a 5-1 lead with a four-run top of the seventh inning — only to see the Cougars score four of their own in the bottom half to tie things at 5-5. Both teams scored a run in the eighth before a scoreless ninth and tenth set up the dramatic finish.

Chugiak got nine hits from eight different players, with Christian Cambridge going 2-for-3 with an RBI to lead the way.

The seventh-seeded Mustangs — who entered the tournament on a seven-game winning streak in league play — are scheduled to play at 9 a.m. in the loser’s bracket of the double-elimination tournament at Mulcahy.

Wolves win opener at Bartlett

Three Eagle River pitchers combined for a four-hit shutout Tuesday, July 25 in the opening round of the Matson Invitational American Legion Baseball Tournament at Bartlett High.

Starter Ryan Gray struck out three batters in four innings of work, reliever Braden Olmstead threw a hitless 2 1/3 innings and Dan Bodine used four pitches to retire the final two batters of the seven-inning game.

The Wolves will play in the winner’s bracket at 3:15 p.m. Wednesday at Bartlett.

The tournament features the eight teams which missed out on the state tournament. Eagle River finished 10th overall in the 16-team league and is the second-seed in the tourney.

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