Wolves advance into state-bound baseball bracket
Eagle River secured its first playoff slot in the program’s history
The Eagle River varsity baseball team still has much to prove, with recent victories sending the team into the top tier and guaranteeing the squad a trip to the state tournament.
The Wolves upended East, 12-9, on Friday, then bested Service, 11-1, last Saturday to secure their slot in this week’s top four-team round-robin tourney this Thursday through Saturday. All games will be played at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.
This comes on the heels of last season, when Eagle River was nosed out of the tournament due to a loss in a tiebreaker, said returning head coach Greg Frost.
Eagle River broke things open in the second inning with five runs, initiated by a leadoff single by Guido Gerali.
Michael Rosenberg and Trent Talley both racked two hits apiece for Eagle River, while Cameron Fabacher, Collin Metzel, and Gerali each had one hit in the game.
Lauren Frost contributed two RBIs, with RJ Dirscherl, Cory Lestochi, and Talley each crossing the plate twice for the Wolves.
Gerali earned the win on the mound with Talley coming on in relief, and John Pepin in as closer in the game concluded by the ten-run mercy rule.
On Friday, the Wolves withstood a shaky first inning, with starting pitcher Lauren Frost giving up three runs in the frame before throwing shutout ball in innings two through six. She scattered four hits and struck out four.
Eagle River’s defensive play was solid all evening, said the coach, with the offense picking up to eliminate the early deficit.
Dirscherl led the Wolves at the plate, going 3-for-4, including a triple, posting two RBIs and scoring four times himself. Also providing hits were Frost, Rosenberg, Metzel, Lestochi, Talley, Gerali and Cody Keith.
“We have been solid both offensively and defensively, as of late. Everything has been clicking for us nicely,” said Coach Frost.
With such a solid defense, the coach said it has given the squad’s six-pitcher rotation confidence on the mound.
Frost said the team’s biggest improvement has been in negating mental mistakes from the equation. “We had some of them in our early losses,” he said.
Offensively, the Wolves are gifted with speed and the ability to swing the bat.
“We have a lot of team speed top to bottom and we have been very confident at the plate either bunting or in hit-and-run situations,” he added.
The pair of wins elevated the team’s season mark to five wins, two losses as Eagle River secured its first playoff slot in the program’s history.
The Wolves play West Thursday, 7 p.m., at Mulcahy, with games against South and Dimond on following nights.