Shackelford, Chugiak top Wolves in battle of the Bradens

Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 10:48
  • Chugiak starting pitcher Braden Shackelford delivers to Eagle River batter Gus Lewis during the Mustangs’ 3-0 win over the Wolves on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at Oberg Field in Peters Creek. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Eagle River American Legion right fielder Gus Lewis makes a diving catch during his team’s 3-0 loss to Chugiak Post 33 on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at Oberg Field in Chugiak. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Chugiak’s DJ Davis dives back to first base during the Mustangs’ 3-0 win over Eagle River on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at Oberg Field in Peters Creek. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Eagle River pitcher Braden Olmstead stares at Chugiak batter Trystan Costanios during Chugiak’s 3-0 American Legion Baseball victory over the Wolves on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at Oberg Field in Peters Creek. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)

Chugiak won the battle of the Bradens Wednesday at Oberg Field.

Post 33’s Braden Shackelford outdueled fellow southpaw Brayden Olmstead in rainy Peters Creek, striking out six batters in 5 1/3 innings to key the Mustangs’ 3-0 Alaska American Legion Baseball victory over Eagle River.

Shackelford gave up three hits before giving way to reliever Sam Hall, who didn’t allow a baserunner and needed just 12 pitches to close out the final 1 2/3 innings.

Olmstead allowed three hits and one earned run in three innings before stepping aside for reliever Christian Frederick, who gave up the final two runs of the game.

Each team managed just three hits in the game, which featured six singles, no extra-base hits and no multi-hit games. Olmstead, Frederick and Chase McGraw scratched out singles for the Wolves; Trystan Costanios, Austin Bull and Billy Smith did the same for the Mustangs. Smith had the game-winning RBI, driving in DJ Davis with a single to left in the second inning. Costanios gave Chugiak some insurance in the fifth with a two-run single to score Justin Nevells and Ian Frizelle.

The win lifted Chugiak into first place in the league’s National Division. The Mustangs improved to 9-3 in the league and 13-9 overall (39 points), two points clear of Juneau (9-1, 13-1). Eagle River fell to 4-8 in the league and 8-15 overall (24 points). The Wolves trail Wasilla by 12 points for the division’s third and final playoff spot.

Eagle River travels to Juneau for a three-game road trip Friday through Sunday, while Chugiak heads to the Interior for games against North Pole and Fairbanks. For a complete schedule and standings, visit alaskalegion.com

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