Chugiak, Eagle River victorious in Legion baseball tourney openers

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - 12:05

Chugiak and Eagle River opened Alaska American Legion Baseball postseason play with victories Friday.

The Mustangs advanced to the second round of the Alaska State Tournament with a 3-2 win over Service Friday morning at Mulcahy Stadium. With the score tied 2-2 in the bottom of the sixth, the Mustangs scored the winning run on an error by Service shortstop Cobey Cupp that allowed Billy Smith to score from third base.

Sam Hall struck out three batters in two innings of relief to earn the win for Chugiak, which will play at 3:15 p.m. Saturday against the winner of Friday afternoon’s Kenai vs. Dimond game. All state tournament games are played at Mulcahy Stadium.

Wolves 10-run North Pole

Eagle River cruised to a first-round win over North Pole at the Matson Invitational baseball tournament Friday at Bartlett High.

The Wolves got two hits each from Ryan Graqy and Braden Olmstead to key the 10-0 win in a game shortened to five innings due to the mercy rule. Olmsted also drove in three runs for the Wolves, who got 3.2 shutout innings from starting pitcher Gray and 1.1 innings of hitless relief from Christian Frederick.

All tournament games in the Matson Invitational are played at Bartlett High; the tournament consists of the eight Alaska American Legion Baseball teams that failed to qualify for the state tournament.

Eagle River will play at 3:15 p.m. on Saturday against the winner of Friday afternoon’s Ketchikan vs. East game.

For more, visit alaskalegion.com.

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