Mustangs go 1-2 at Legion state tournament, Wolves fall in consolation tourney final

Saturday, August 11, 2018 - 11:23
  • Chugiak’s Justin Nevells runs to first base during the Mustangs’ 8-3 loss to Juneau on Sunday in the Alaska American Legion Baseball Tournament at Mulcahy Stadium. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Chugiak’s Sam Hall fields a ground ball during the Mustangs’ 8-3 loss to Juneau on Sunday, July 29, 2018 in the Alaska American Legion Baseball State Tournament at Mulcahy Stadium.
  • Eagle River’s Braden Olmstead dives into third base during the Wolves’ 6-3 win Sunday over East in the Matson Invitational Alaska American Legion Baseball tournament at Bartlett High. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Eagle River’s Chase McGraw scores with teammate Aaron Davis hot on his heels during the Wolves’ 6-3 win over East on Sunday at the Matson Invitational Alaska American Legion Baseball tournament at Bartlett High. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)

Chugiak’s American Legion baseball hopes were dashed by a juggernaut from Juneau, while Eagle River played its way into a consolation championship game.

The Post 33 Mustangs dropped an 8-3 decision to the Post 25 Midnight Suns on Sunday at the 66th Alaska American Legion State Tournament, the team’s second loss in as many days following a tournament-opening victory Friday. Ian Frizelle homered for Chugiak, which also got two hits and two RBIs from Christian Cambridge and a double from Trystan Costanios.

Chugiak opened the tournament with a 3-2 win over Service on Friday at Mulcahy Stadium. Starter Garrett Nevells allowed two runs in five innings of work, and Sam Hall picked up the win by throwing two scoreless innings of relief. Nevells, Frizelle and Cambridge had hits for the Mustangs, as did Justin Nevells.

Chugiak dropped to the bottom of the bracket Saturday with a 4-1 loss to Dimond. Justin Nevells had two hits for Chugiak, which got a double from Austin Bull.

After losing its opening-round game to Kodiak, the top-seeded Juneau squad rolled off four straight wins to reach Tuesday’s championship game against Dimond. A score was not available when the Star went to press.

Wolves reach Matson final

Eagle River stormed into the championship game of the Matson Invitational at Bartlett High, rolling to a trio of big wins and one close loss to the only team to survive to the final day undefeated.

The Wolves opened the tournament with a 10-0 win over North Pole Friday, then advanced to the semifinals with a 6-3 win over East Saturday. The Wolves stumbled Sunday in a 10-7 loss to the Wasilla Road Warriors, but rallied for a 9-4 win over Palmer to reach Tuesday’s title game at Mulcahy Stadium. Wasilla entered Tuesday undefeated in the tournament, meaning the Wolves needed to win twice to take the title. The fifth-annual Matson tournament included the eight Legion teams that failed to qualify for state.

Eagle River’s run came to an end in the title game, as the Wolves fell 8-3 to the Road Warriors.

Heading into the title game, Ryan Gray was the offensive star for the Wolves, racking up five hits and 6 RBIs through the first four games. Chase McGraw, Christian Frederick, Damien Frederick, Sterling Retzlaff and Aaron Davis each had three hits over the first four games, with McGraw driving in four runs and Braden Olmstead, Christian Frederick and Davis driving in three. Gray earned the win over North Pole, with Retzlaff credited with wins over East and Palmer.

Half-dozen named to Team of Excellence

Five players from Chugiak and one from Eagle River made the Alaska Legion Team of Excellence announced at the start of the league playoffs, including one who was named at two positions.

Chugiak’s Garrett Nevells made the first team as a starting pitcher and as an outfielder for the Mustangs. Nevells was joined on the Team of Excellence by teammates Justin Rocco Nevells (infield), Ian Frizelle (outfield), Sam Hall (relief pitcher) and Christian Cambridge (utility). Also making the team was Eagle River starting pitcher Braden Olmstead.

Frizelle made the honorable mention list, as did Hall as an infielder and Trystan Costanios as a catcher; Eagle River’s Olmstead and Ryan Gray were honorable-mention outfielders.

Chugiak finished 21-11 during the regular season, second in the Alaska Legion’s eight-team National Division. Eagle River went 13-22 during the regular season and finished fifth in the division.

Alaska Legion Team of Excellence

Starting Pitcher

Phil Wall Juneau

Leland Wilson West

Balau Buckmaster Wasilla

Jake Andresen Dimond

Andrew Jaidinger Service

Garrett Nevells Chugiak

Terran Sugita South

Jaren Childs Service

Braden Olmstead Eagle River

Cody Kemble Ketchikan

Relief Pitcher

Sam Hall Chugiak

Gage Webster South

Austin Asp Kenai

Luke James Kodiak

Utility

Donavin McCurley Juneau

Kendell Ruta Wasilla

London Emerson Fairbanks

Christian Cambridge Chugiak

Catcher

Michael Cesar Juneau

Josh Costello South

Declan Dammeyer West

Infield

Zebadiah Storie Juneau

Ben Werner Wasilla

Lian Lincoln South

Justin Nevells Chugiak

Kasey Watts Juneau

Jake Andresen Dimond

Ricky Gatter East

Kaden Roettger Dimond

Outfield

Kyle Graham Wasilla

Ronan Klancher Service

Robert Cox Juneau

Ian Frizelle Chugiak

Gage Webster South

Carsen Sandau Service

Garrett Nevells Chugiak

Anders Hocum Kodiak

Coaches of the Year

Willie Paul Service

Joseph Tompkins Juneau

Jeremy Ludeman Juneau

Derek Clarkson Kodiak

HONORABLE MENTION

Starting Pitcher

Isaac Roehl Fairbanks

Gaten Davis East

Kaden Roettger Dimond

Parker Coplin Dimond

Ian Frizelle Chugiak

Jimmy McGovern South

Adam Brinster Kenai

Logan Smith Kenai

Relief Pitcher

Austin Robertson Wasilla

Utility

Chase Reed North Pole

Nelson Korshin Bartlett

Jaren Childs Service

Jack Dolan Dimond

Logan Smith Kenai

Brock King Ketchikan

Catcher

Trystan Costanios Chugiak

Joe Ryan Palmer

Infield

Alex Garcia North Pole

Kobe Vanderwood Dimond

Quinn Janigo-Bates Dimond

Jack Opinsky West

Thomas Zettler West

Sam Hall Chugiak

Reid Brock South

Terran Sugita South

Adam Brinster Kenai

Austin Asp Kenai

Liam Kiffer Ketchikan

Luke James Kodiak

Zach Satterly Palmer

Outfield

Jeremy Kupferschmid Kenai

Ryan Gray Eagle River

Braden Olmstead Eagle River

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