Two Wolves to play college baseball
Chugiak tied for Legion lead
Chugiak’s Chase Wilson slides into third base in an American Legion game against West on Sunday, June 16 at Oberg Field.
High school may be over for David Fuller and Kyle Frost, but their baseball careers aren’t.
Fuller and Frost, both recent Eagle River High graduates, are heading to Washington state to further their athletics and academics.
Fuller will be pitching for the University of Puget Sound’s NCAA Division III program. While attending a camp in Seattle in September, Fuller toured the campus in nearby Tacoma. He knew then he’d found the right school.
“I’m really excited to go,” Fuller said.
Facing better hitters is a challenge Fuller is looking forward to.
“I definitely have a lot of work to do,” he said.
Playing collegiate ball has been a longtime goal for Fuller. He said he can’t imagine life without the sport he’s played since age 8.
“I started playing and fell in love,” Fuller said. “I can’t stop. I can’t be away from it.”
Frost will play for Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake — a Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges program.
The school appeals to both of Frost’s interests, aviation and baseball. Frost, who earned his private pilot’s license his junior year, is enrolled in Big Bend’s commercial pilot program.
Being a pilot has been Frost’s dream nearly his entire life.
“I never found anything I wanted to do more than flying,” he said.
Being able to continue to play baseball is another one of his goals.
“It’s something I’ve been working for,” Frost said.
Visiting the campus in March cemented Frost’s decision to attend Big Bend. Once he’s completed the two-year program, Frost said he plans on transferring to a four-year school.
Frost said he can’t wait to start the next chapter of his life.
“I’m ready to get flying and play some ball,” he said.
It was a busy week for the local American Legion teams. Here’s a look at scores for Chugiak and Eagle River:
Chugiak leads league
Chugiak Post 33 won two games Sunday, June 16 to improve to a league-leading 7-3 record. The Mustangs (10-3 overall) and South have 31 points apiece, but have played more conference games than any other Legion teams.
At 7-0, Wasilla is the only unbeaten team.
Chugiak opened its home doubleheader Sunday with a 9-3 win over Bartlett at Oberg Field. The Mustangs beat visiting West 11-8 in the second game.
Against Bartlett, Zach Brueggemann led the Mustangs with three hits, including a double. Hunter Hanson, Deven Ferriss and Kai Fugere had two hits apiece, and Chase Gall hit a three-RBI triple for Chugiak.
Against West, Chase Wilson hit a two-RBI triple and scored three runs. Ferriss also scored three times.
Blake Kutch had a pair of hits, and Gall hit a three-RBI double.
Chugiak plays at Wasilla on Friday, June 21 at 6:30 p.m. then takes on West the following day at Kosinski Field at 1 p.m. The Mustangs play Dimond on Monday, June 24 at 6:30 p.m. at Mulcahy Stadium before playing rival Eagle River on Tuesday, June 25 at Loretta French at 6:30 p.m.
Eagle River splits with Fairbanks
Eagle River racked up 16 hits in a high-scoring affair, defeating visiting Fairbanks 19-18 in the first game of a doubleheader Sunday, June 16 at Loretta French Park.
David Fuller had three hits, including two doubles, drove in five runs and earned the save for Eagle River. Ricky Ayala had four hits and scored four runs, Mike Rosenberg had three hits and scored four times and Kyle Frost drove in three runs for the Wolves.
Fairbanks earned a split by winning the second game 16-6. Rosenberg smacked two triples, Ayala had a triple and an inside the park home run and Lauren Frost doubled for Eagle River.
The Wolves (5-4 overall, 3-4 conference) travel to Juneau for a three-game series this week. The two play a doubleheader Friday, June 21 and meet again the following day.
Eagle River 17, East 7
Four different Wolves had three hits apiece as Eagle River cruised past East 17-7 on Friday, June 14 at Kosinski Field.
Rosenberg was 3-for-4 with two triples, three RBI’s and scored four times. Fuller went 3-for-5 with four RBI’s and scored three runs.
Colby LeBlanc was 3-for-5, and R.J. Dirscherl went 3-for-3 including a double.
Ayala scored four runs and went 2-for-3. Lauren Frost earned the win and added a pair of hits.
South sweeps Chugiak
South snapped Chugiak’s four-game win streak with a sweep of a home-and-home series. The Wolverines invoked the mercy rule in the sixth inning with a 12-2 win Friday, June 14 at Taylar Young Memorial Field before blanking Chugiak 4-0 the following day at Oberg Field.
On Friday, Chase Wilson provided all the scoring for Chugiak with a two-run home run. Conner Cimmiyotti, Chase Gall and Hunter Hanson each hit doubles for the Mustangs.
Wasilla 7, Eagle River 4
Eagle River jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, but visiting Wasilla came back to win 7-4 on June 13 at Loretta French Park.
Cameron Fabacher went 2-for-4, and Rosenberg (triple) and LeBlanc (double) had extra-base hits for the Wolves.
Chugiak sweeps Kenai
Chugiak swept a doubleheader against Kenai Post 20 on June 12 at Oberg Field.
After falling behind 3-0 in the first inning, Chugiak blanked Kenai the rest of the game to win the league contest 6-3. Chase Gall had a pair of hits for the Mustangs, who turned three double plays.
Chugiak won the second, nonleague game 11-8. Alex Hess led the Mustangs with two hits.