Wasilla ends Chugiak’s state baseball title hopes

Friday, May 31, 2019 - 21:40
  • Chugiak pitcher Justin Nevells delivers to the plate during the Chugiak vs. Wasilla game in the semifinals of the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska State Baseball Tournament at Mulcahy Stadium on Friday, May 31, 2019. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Wasilla second baseman AJ Camacho throws to first base as Chugiak’s Trystan Costanios slides in during the Chugiak vs. Wasilla game in the semifinals of the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska State Baseball Tournament at Mulcahy Stadium on Friday, May 31, 2019. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Wasilla shortstop Clayton Boyett celebrates after scoring a run during the Chugiak vs. Wasilla game in the semifinals of the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska State Baseball Tournament at Mulcahy Stadium on Friday, May 31, 2019. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)

Chugiak’s hopes of a state baseball title disintegrated during a disastrous Friday night at Mulcahy Stadium in the semifinals of the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska State Baseball Tournament.

The Cook Inlet Conference champions gave up six runs in the first inning and seven in the fourth as Wasilla cruised into Saturday’s title game against Ketchikan, which defeated West 7-6 in Friday’s other semifinal. The title game will be the first not to feature at least one Anchorage team since Juneau defeated Ketchikan in 2012.

The Mustangs needed three pitchers to get through the opening frame, as starter Billy Smith and reliever Camden Costanios recorded just a single out each before Justin Nevells arrived to put out the fire after the Warriors raced out to a 6-0 lead.

Nevells gave up seven unearned runs in the fourth for Chugiak, which committed six errors in the game.

Wasilla starter Jacob Gilbert allowed just one run in five innings of work. Nevells, Trystan Costanios and Mason Peace had the only hits for Chugiak — all singles — and Nevells drove in the team’s only run.

Chugiak will face West for third place at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Mulcahy.

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