Eagle River Legion team posts 3-1 record on road trip
Normally opponents, senior baseball player Brandon Neal of Chugiak Post 33 American Legion team, joins forces with Eagle River players, RJ Dirscherl, Lauren Frost, Cameron Fabacher, and Michael Rosenberg as members from the two local programs took on the Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks in exhibition action Thursday at Loretta French Field. Chinooks defeated the local American Legion All-Stars, 15-3.
Trailing to Fairbanks by the famed Parks Highway, the Eagle River American Legion baseball team rolled up a 3-1 record in games played against Fairbanks Posts 11 and 30, held June 13-15.
In Friday’s opener against Post 11, Eagle River Post 28 earned a 7-4, helped largely by a 3-for-4 plate performance by Michael Rosenberg, including a first-inning double to score Lauren Frost.
Tied 2-2 in the second, Eagle River leadoff hitter R.J. Dirscherl set in order the degree of separation needed for victory, powering a homerun over the left field wall. Frost and Cameron Fabacher likewise scored in the three-run rally.
Trent Talley earned the victory on the mound and helped his own cause with two hits, second only to Rosenbery’s three-hit night.
The Wolves played a double-hitter with Fairbanks Post 30 on Saturday, winning the first, 13-2, thanks to a six-round outburst in the fifth inning.
Eagle River scored three in the first, plating Fabacher, Rosenberg and Nathan Ragina. Both Fabacher and Rosenberg had three hits, with two each from Dirscherl and Talley. Lone hits were contributed by Frost, Colby Duxbury and Pete Kott.
Cameron Fabacher earned the win on the mound, allowing only four hits.
The team’s lone blemish on the weekend came in the later game, losing 13-9, with Fairbanks three-run third inning proving the difference as the teams traded runs in the other frames.
The Wolves had four players with two hits apiece including Fabacher, Dirscherl, Ragina and Michael Fitzgerald, with one hit each from Rosenberg and Christian Fabacher.
Sunday action brought Eagle River back into the winner’s circle, with a lopsided 17-1 victory over Fairbanks Post 11, completing the sweep over that team.
The Wolves pushed across ten runs in the second inning, batting through the order, then added six more in the third, to put the game way out of reach and engage the “ten-run mercy” rule.
Duxbury paced the team with three hits, with two each from Cody Keith, Talley and Kott. Hits were also recorded by John Pepin, Cameron Fabacher, Lauren Frost and Dirscherl.
Frost likewise earned the win of the mound for the Wolves.
Prior to the trip, Eagle River and Chugiak Legion team joined forces, forming an All-Star team for an exhibition contest with the Anchorage Baseball League’s Chugiak Chinooks at Loretta French Stadium on June 12.
The game was put out of reach early with the Chinook’s scoring three runs in the first, 10 in the second, en route to a 15-1 win.
The All-Stars’ lone score came in the third, with R.J. Dirscherl’s ground-rule double to left center field, followed up by a solid line drive single to Cameron Fabacker, scoring Dirscherl.
Chase Wilson, a former standout for Chugiak’s High School and Legion baseball teams, returned from a red-shirt season at Feather River College, a two-year Community College in Quincy, Calif. Being groomed as a catcher, Wilson returned to his other position in high school, but was rocked by the Chinook’s college standouts, for two innings, prior to being relieved by one of Eagle River’s American Legion coaches, Carsten Hobbs, who had played from Air Force Academy years previously.
Because the game was a non-league exhibition game for the Chinooks, the substitution was allowed.