Prep softball, baseball now in full swing

Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 11:20
  • A Chugiak baserunner slides into home during the Mustangs vs. West high school softball game on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Albrecht Fields. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Eagle River pitcher Avery Brown delivers to the plate during the Wolves' 6-5 loss to South on Saturday, April 21, 2018. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)

SOFTBALL

Eagle River splits on opening day

Eagle River opened its prep softball season with a Saturday split at the Albrecht Fields in Anchorage.

In the season-opener, the Wolves got a walk-off double from Zosia Krupa, whose double scored Avery Brown. Brown figured prominently in the decision, throwing a complete game to earn the victory.

In the second game of the day, the Wolves nearly dug their way out of a six-run hole in the first inning before falling 6-5 to two-time defending state champion South. Keegan Sharpe led Eagle River with two hits.

BASEBALL

Mustangs experience eventful - and successful - trip to ‘The Rock’

Chugiak went 3-for-4 at the Rex Matautia Baseball Tournament April 18-21 on stormy Kodiak Island.

The Mustangs fell to South’s “A” team before reeling off three straight wins over Grace Christian, South “B” and Wasilla. The games were played under sunny skies, but things turned dark on Sunday, delaying flights and leaving two players and two coaches stuck on the island until Monday.

The team’s media coordinator Amy Steffian said the stranded team members were aided by sympathetic locals.

“Kodiak High School was exceptionally helpful with back-up housing and transportation,” Steffian wrote in an email.

Wolves tie Eagles, fall to Lynx

Despite putting up 23 runs in two games, the Eagle River High baseball team was unable to secure a win in nonconference prep baseball play Friday and Saturday.

On April 20, the Wolves and West played to an 8-8 tie at Bartlett High. Daniel Bodine, Ryan Gray and Sterling Retzlaff combined to allow just two Eagles’ hits, but the Wolves were stung by eight errors in the game.

On April 21, Eagle River banged out 10 hits but was unable to recover from a seven-run first-inning deficit in a 16-15 loss to Dimond. Braden Olmstead had three hits and stole three bases for the Wolves, who swiped 12 bases without being caught.

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