Chugiak knocks off Eagle River to set up rematch in CIC playoffs

Friday, May 17, 2019 - 09:13
  • Chugiak’s Billy Smith makes the call at home plate as Justin Nevells slides in safely as Eagle River pitcher Sterling Retzlaff waits for the throw during Chugiak’s 9-6 Cook Inlet Conference baseball win over Eagle River on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at Bartlett High. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Chugiak pitcher Camden Costanios delivers to the plate during Chugiak’s 9-6 Cook Inlet Conference baseball win over Eagle River on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at Bartlett High. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Eagle River’s Kam Williams heads toward third base during the Wolves’ 9-6 Cook Inlet Conference baseball loss to Chugiak on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at Bartlett High. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Eagle River pitcher Noah Lower points toward first base as catcher Cam Witte tries to field a bunt during the Wolves’ 9-6 Cook Inlet Conference baseball loss to Chugiak on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at Bartlett High. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Chugiak’s Justin Nevells slides into second base safely as Eagle River’s Noah Lower tries to field a throw during Chugiak’s 9-6 Cook Inlet Conference baseball win over Eagle River on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at Bartlett High. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Chugiak’s Zachary Cole slides safely into third base during Chugiak’s 9-6 Cook Inlet Conference baseball win over Eagle River on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at Bartlett High. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)

Chugiak completed a first-place run through the brief Cook Inlet Conference baseball season with a 9-6 win over Eagle River Thursday at Bartlett High.

Austin Bull went 2-for-2 with an RBI for Chugiak, which scored eight runs in the first two innings to pull away. Trystan Costanios and Christian Cambridge each drove in two runs for the Mustangs, who got four strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings of relief from pitcher Justin Nevells.

Orazio Ramos and Chase McGraw each had two RBIs for the Wolves.

The Mustangs and West each finished with 6-1 CIC records, but Chugiak received the No. 1 seed in the upcoming conference playoffs thanks to a win over the Eagles earlier this season.

Eagle River also advanced to the CIC playoff, as did South. Both teams finished in a three-way tie with Dimond at 4-3 and advanced over the Lynx via tiebreakers. Dimond won Thursday’s other CIC game 7-0 over East.

The Wolves won’t have to wait long for a rematch — they play Chugiak in the opening round of the playoff Saturday at 1 p.m. Chugiak, West, Eagle River and South will play a round-robin series of games starting Saturday at Mulcahy Stadium. The teams with the two best overall records after the playoff will advance to state, which begins May 30 at Mulcahy.

Dimond, East, Bartlett and Service will play a consolation playoff starting Saturday.

For live scoring and a complete schedule visit alaskalegion.com.

CIC Playoffs

Mulcahy Stadium

Saturday, May 18

Chugiak (6-1) vs. Eagle River (4-3), 1 p.m.

West (6-1) vs. South (4-3), 4 p.m.

Wednesday, May 22

West vs. Eagle River, 4:30 p.m.

Chugiak vs. South, 7 p.m.

Thursday, May 23

Eagle River vs. South, 4:30 p.m.

Chugiak vs. West, 7 p.m.

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