In an eight-game season, no team can overlook any opponent. But Chugiak and Eagle River are already eyeing Week 6. “We circled that one on the schedule,” Wolves’ head coach Jason Brewer said. That’s when the crosstown rivals meet at ERHS on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 2 p.m. Chugiak owns a 6-1 record in their seven meetings, with the Wolves’ lone win coming via forfeit two years ago.
Chugiak opens its 2013 season with the same opponent as 2012. The Mustangs hope the similarities end there. “We definitely want to see what we can do with that West Valley game,” said Chugiak offensive lineman Ted Carlson. The nonconference tilt is set for Saturday, Aug. 17 at 3 p.m. at Chugiak’s Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium.
Alex Hess imagined a storybook ending for the Chugiak Mustangs, then went out and authored a fairytale finish in the championship game of the 2013 Alaska American Legion Baseball Tournament Thursday, Aug. 1 at Mulcahy Stadium.
A winning season isn’t always defined by standings, but by spirit. That’s the message Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks coaches and players delivered following the last-place Alaska Baseball League team’s final game of the season.
Despite this year’s poor king salmon run, one Outsider recently landed a 190-pound Chinook. Chugiak-Eagle River ace Mike Jeffreys signed a professional contract with the Kansas City Royals organization last week. Jeffreys left Chugiak the morning of Friday, July 26 to ink his deal at the Royals’ spring training camp in Surprise, Ariz., and was not available for comment.
Eagle River’s baseball family just got a lot smaller — and younger. The tight-knit Wolves team is losing five starters including 2012 ERHS graduates Ricky Ayala and Greg Long and 2013 grads Kyle Frost, David Fuller and Colby LeBlanc. The group started playing together nearly a decade ago as Knik Little Leaguers.
The Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks finished the Alaska Baseball League regular season by winning two of three games over the Anchorage Bucs all at Loretta French Park.
Chugiak is back on the championship Chase. Starting pitcher Chase Wilson went 8 and 1/3 innings for his second win of the tournament and Chugiak got a 5-run fifth inning to key a 9-3 victory over Juneau Post 25 Tuesday, July 30 in the Alaska American Legion baseball tourney at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage. The winner’s bracket triumph advanced Post 33 to the championship for the second consecutive season.