Mustangs lose in walk-off at state baseball tourney

Monday, June 18, 2018 - 09:36
  • Chugiak’s Garrett Nevells watches as Colony third-baseman Ben Alley makes a throw to first base during the late game at the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska High School Baseball Tournament at Mulcahy Stadium. (Matt Tunseth/Alaska Star)
  • Chugiak shortstop Christian Cambridge tries to tag Colony’s Kaden Ketchum during the Mustangs’ victory over Colony in the opening round of the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska High School Baseball Tournament at Mulcahy Stadium on Thursday, May 31. (Matt Tunseth/Alaska Star)
  • Chugiak players cheer during the Mustangs’ victory over Colony in the opening round of the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska High School Baseball Tournament at Mulcahy Stadium on Thursday, May 31. (Matt Tunseth/Alaska Star)
  • Chugiak third baseman Mason Peace throws home while Colony’s Kaden Ketchum tries to avoid the tag during the Mustangs’ victory over Colony in the opening round of the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska High School Baseball Tournament at Mulcahy Stadium on Thursday, May 31. (Matt Tunseth/Alaska Star)

Chugiak saw its hopes of a state baseball title crushed by Colony Thursday in the opening round of the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska High School Baseball Tournament at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.

Chugiak led the entire way, but Colony got a two-run double from Kolten Ketchum in the bottom of the seventh inning off reliever Christian Cambridge to break the Mustangs’ nine-game winning streak and send the team to the loser’s bracket.

The Mustangs put four runs on the board in the top of the first inning on an RBI single by starting pitcher Ian Frizelle, an RBI double from DJ Davis, a Colony wild pitch and a steal of home by Sam Hall. The Knights rallied with three runs in the bottom of the inning, but the Cook Inlet Conference champions tacked on a run in the second, two in the third and another in the fifth to take an 8-3 lead.

Frizelle gave up three earned runs in four innings before giving way to reliever Brian Wing, who pitched a scoreless fifth before giving way to Sam Hall. Hall had a rockier go of things, giving up four runs in the bottom of the sixth as the Northern Lights Conference runner-up Knights cut the lead to 8-7.

Cambridge got the first batter he faced in the seventh before leading the bases for Ketchum, whose double to right-field gave the Knights the walk-off win.

Cambridge, Peace and Davis had two hits each for Chugiak, while Ketchum went 2-for-4 with 4 RBIs for the Knights.

The Mustangs will face North Pole at 10 a.m. Friday for a chance to advance to the fourth-place game. The Patriots lost 16-4 to Juneau-Douglas on Thursday. Colony will play in the semifinals at 4 p.m. against Juneau.

Other games Thursday included an 11-0 win by Ketchikan over West Valley and a 14-0 South win over Palmer. South and Ketchikan will play in the 7 p.m. semifinal Friday.

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