Chugiak races into state baseball tourney on 9-game winning streak
With a nine-game winning streak and Cook Inlet Conference championship on their resume, the Chugiak Mustangs will be one of the favorites when the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska High School Baseball Tournament begins Thursday at Mulcahy Stadium.
The Mustangs are in the midst of an impressive run that includes wins over the CIC’s top three teams last week at the conference tournament. They’ll have to win three more in a row to get the title, starting with a 7 p.m. Thursday clash with Southcentral Conference runner-up Colony at Mulcahy Stadium. Other state qualifiers include Juneau-Douglas, North Pole, Palmer, South, West Valley and Ketchikan.
The tournament appearance is the first since Chugiak finished second in 2016. The Mustangs won the tournament in 2015 and have finished second four times since 2000.
The Cook Inlet Conference handed down its postseason honors after the conclusion of the season. Chugiak first baseman Braden Shackelford won the CIC’s Golden Glove Award after fielding 71 defensive chances without an error this season, including three double plays. Also honored for their play during the 10-game CIC season were all-conference outfielders Brian Wing and Ian Frizelle, as well as relief pitcher Justin Nevells. Eagle River pitcher Braden Olmstead was named all-CIC for the Wolves.
Other awards went to South’s Lian Lincoln, who was named league MVP; Big Stick Award winners Chris Crespo (West) and Kaden Roettger (Dimond); and Coach of the Year Willie Paul of Service.
For a complete tournament bracket, visit asaa.org.