Chugiak knocked out at state legion tourney; Wolves second at Matson Invite
South knocked Chugiak Post 33 from the Alaska American Legion Baseball state tournament with a 2-1 elimination-game victory over the Mustangs in 10 innings Thursday, July 27 at Mulcahy Stadium.
The tough loss spoiled one of the great pitching performances of the season for Chugiak, which saw starter Garrett Nevells give up just one run in nine innings while striking out eight South batters. Nevells didn’t allow a run until the ninth inning, which saw both teams scratch a run across the board.
Nevells was in center field when South’s Josh Costello hit a one-out single to score Gage Webster off Chugiak reliever Christian Cambridge in the bottom of the tenth.
Mason Pearce had an RBI single for Chugiak, which managed just two hits in the game and fell victim to a gem by Terren Sugita. Like Nevells, Sugita also gave up one run in nine innings with eight strikouts.
On Wednesday, Chugiak bounced back quickly from an extra-inning loss in the opening round to Service with a 10-3 win over Wasilla 10-3, knocking the Road Warriors out of the tournament and advancing to Thursday’s loser-out against South.
Against Wasilla, Ian Frizelle went 3-for-5 with three RBI for Chugiak, which also got three RBI from Cam Butler and two hits each from Pearce, Cambridge and Trystan Costanios.
Chugiak was attempting to make its way through the loser’s bracket after taking a 7-6, 11-inning loss to South in Tuesday’s tournament opener.
Juneau went on to win the tournament, defeating Service in the championship game Saturday at Mulcahy.
WOLVES SECOND AT MATSON INVITE
Ketchikan avenged an earlier loss with back-to-back tournament wins Saturday over previously undefeated Eagle River in the finals of the Matson Invitational Alaska American Legion Baseball Tournament at Bartlett High.
Under threat of elimination, Ketchikan won Saturday’s dramatic opener by a 5-4 score in 11 innings, then followed that with a 7-2 victory in the winner-take-all championship game.
In the 11-inning heartbreaker for the Wolves, Ketchikan scored three runs in the bottom of the 11th after the Wolves had taken a 4-2 lead on the strength of an RBI single by Kam Williams and and RBI fielder’s choice by Josh Agron in the top half of the inning. But Ketchikan worked back-to-back walks by Christian Fredrick to open their half of the inning and won on an error by Wolves reliever Ryan Gray on a bunt by Liam Kiffer.
Eagle River couldn’t recover from the tough finish, falling behind 5-1 after two innings in the title game. Aaron Davis and Braden Olmstead had two hits each for Eagle River in the finals of the tournament, which featured the eight Alaska teams that failed to qualify for the eight-team state tournament. Eagle River finished the season
After opening with a 3-0 win in the tourney opener Tuesday, Eagle Riverthrashed Wednesday Kodiak 13-1 to advance to face Ketchikan. Justin Schatz gave up just two hits in five innings for the Wolves, who got three hits and two RBI from Sterling Retzlaf in the win.
On Thursday, Eagle River posted a 11-4 win over Ketchikan to reach the semifinals. Chase McGraw went 3-for-4 with 4 RBI and Aaron Davis was 2-for-3 with 3 RBI for the Wolves. Retzlaff and Braden Olmstead each struck out five batters to help Eagle River set up a Friday showdown against East.
With a chance to reach the finals, the Wolves pulled out a 7-6 win over East Friday, getting two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning and winning on a Kam Williams sacrifice fly that scroed Christian Fredrick from third.
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