Chugiak cliches CIC baseball title with extra-inning win

Monday, June 4, 2018 - 07:13
  • Chugiak’s Brian Wing is safe at home during the Mustangs’ 8-4 Cook Inlet Conference baseball win over South on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Chugiak pitcher Billy Smith delivers to the plate during the Mustangs’ 8-4 win over South on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Chugiak second baseman Christian Cambridge makes a throw to first base during the Mustangs’ 8-4 Cook Inlet Conference baseball win over South on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Chugiak’s Brian Wing legs out an infield single during the Mustangs’ 8-4 Cook Inlet Conference baseball win over South on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Chugiak second baseman Christian Cambridge makes a play during the Mustangs’ 8-4 Cook Inlet Conference baseball win over South on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Chugiak’s Trystan Costanios swings at a pitch during the Mustangs’ 8-4 Cook Inlet Conference baseball win over South on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Eagle River pitcher Aaron Davis delivers to the plate during the Wolves’ 6-3 Cook Inlet Conference baseball win over East on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Eagle River’s Sterling Retzlaff lays down a bunt during the Wolves’ 6-3 Cook Inlet Conference baseball win over East on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Eagle River’s Sterling Retzlaff fields the ball during the Wolves’ 6-3 Cook Inlet Conference baseball win over East on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Eagle River’s Josh Agron looks down the third base line during the Wolves’ 6-3 Cook Inlet Conference baseball win over East on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)

Chugiak galloped into the state baseball tournament in dramatic fashion Saturday.

The Mustangs scored four runs in the 11th inning to knock off top-seeded South and clinch the Cook Inlet Conference title at Mulcahy Stadium.

The Mustangs used two walks and singles from Ian Frizelle, DJ Davis, Braden Shackelford and Jacob Kosinski to break things open in the top of the final inning, and Justin Nevells pitched a scoreless bottom half to secure the win.

The victory gives Chugiak the CIC title outright no matter what happens in the team’s final conference game Monday against Service (6-3) and automatically qualifies the team to the state high school baseball tournament.

The Mustangs improved to 8-1 in the Cook Inlet Conference and 14-2 overall.

Frizelle went 3-for-5 for the Mustangs, who got two hits from Christian Cambridge. Sam Hall pitched 5 2/3 innings of scoreless relief to pick up the win.

The state tournament will be held May 31-June 2 at Mulcahy.

Wolves knock off West

Sterling Retzlaff went 2-for-4 with an RBI, Brendan Miles and Daniel Bodine drove in two runs each and Aaron Davis struck out four batters in four innings of work as Eagle River improved to 5-4 in the CIC with a 6-3 win over East Saturday at Mulcahy Stadium.

The Wolves (7-5-1 overall) close out the season Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. at Mulcahy against Dimond.

Braden Olmstead, Josh Agron and Christian Frederick also had hits for Eagle River.

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