Chugiak knocked out after up-and-down day at state softball tourney

Monday, June 3, 2019 - 19:22
  • Chugiak pitcher Morgan Traxinger delivers to the plate during the Mustangs’ 10-4 win over West Valley at the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska State Softball Tournament Friday, May 30, 2019 at Cartee Fields in Anchorage. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Chugiak’s Abby Stewart tries to bunt during the Mustangs’ 10-4 win over West Valley at the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska State Softball Tournament Friday, May 30, 2019 at Cartee Fields in Anchorage. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Chugiak shortstop Kylie Seagroves and third baseman Mallory Collins scramble for a loose ball as a West Valley player rounds third base during the Mustangs’ 10-4 win over the Wolfpack at the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska State Softball Tournament Friday, May 30, 2019 at Cartee Fields in Anchorage. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Chugiak’s Kylie Seagroves swings at a pitch during the Mustangs’ 10-4 win over West Valley at the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska State Softball Tournament Friday, May 30, 2019 at Cartee Fields in Anchorage. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Chugiak third baseman Mallory Collins prepares to throw to first base during the Mustangs’ 10-4 win over West Valley at the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska State Softball Tournament Friday, May 30, 2019 at Cartee Fields in Anchorage. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)

Chugiak was knocked out of the ASAA/First National Bank Division I Softball Tournament Friday by a powerful East team that blasted a pair of home runs in its 10-2 win.

Laila Tosi and Khiana Smith each had fourth-inning blasts for the Thunderbirds, who also got four hits from Laura Aunoa.

Kylie Seagroves had two hits for Chugiak, which scored twice in the fifth inning on singles from Isabelle Hjelden, Olivia Gunnip and Seagroves.

Chugiak fell to the loser’s bracket after an up-and-down Friday that started with a 12-2 win over Wasilla but was stalled by a tough 6-5 loss to South.

The Mustangs exploded for nine runs during the fifth inning against Wasilla Friday morning. Mallory Collins and Dakota Gilbert led off with back-to-back singles, and by the time the dust had settled the Mustangs had sent 13 batters to the plate. Morgan Traxinger had an RBI double and scored twice in the inning for Chugiak. Traxinger also gave up just four hits in five innings of work to earn the win. Chugiak got a game-high three hits from Isabelle Kaltschnee, who also had two RBIs.

Chugiak’s run came to an end in heartbreaking fashion in the second game Friday, as the Wolverines got an RBI single from Clara Unger to plate the game-winning run in the top of the sixth to send the Mustangs into the loser-out showdown with East. Ariana Lewis had two hits for Chugiak, which also got a two-run double from Seagroves.

The Mustangs opened the six-team tournament by going 1-1 in pool play Thursday, falling to Dimond 9-6 in the morning and defeating West Valley 10-4 in the evening.

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