Chugiak finishes third in CIC baseball tournament

Eagle River ends high school season with 3 wins


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Chugiak catcher Morgan Spohn catches a pop out in foul territory in front of South’s dugout Friday, May 24 at Mulcahy.

MIKE NESPER

Chugiak High (5-5) went 1-2 at the Cook Inlet Conference baseball tournament to finish the high school season in third place.

Each game offered plenty of excitement.

In the opening round, Chugiak used a 12-run, two-out rally in the top of the seventh inning to beat West (5-5) 20-9 on May 22 at Mulcahy Stadium.

The Mustangs trailed 5-0 after two innings and 9-4 after four. Chugiak made it a one-run game heading into the final inning.

Four of Kai Fugere’s five RBI’s came in the seventh, three of which he drove in with a bases clearing triple. Chase Wilson went 4-for-5 for the Mustangs.

On May 23, Chugiak led top-seeded Service (8-2) 6-0 in the first inning. But the Cougars rebounded to win 16-6.

South (7-3) downed Chugiak 7-5 on Friday, May 24 to earn the conference’s second seed at the state tournament, which starts Friday, May 31 at Mulcahy.

Down five, the Mustangs were on the verge of another seventh-inning comeback but came up short. Deven Ferriss’ RBI single and Fugere’s two-run double cut South’s lead to two, but Morgan Spohn flied out to end the game.

Chugiak never gave up, Wilson said.

“Nothing is impossible in baseball,” he said.

The Mustangs had a solid high school campaign, Wilson said, and should enter the American Legion season in top form. Chugiak Post 33 opened the Legion season against East on Wednesday, May 29, but a score was not available when the Star went to press.

Wilson, a recent CHS graduate, said the team is hitting as well as it has in his four years with the Mustangs.

“We’ve really focused on that aspect,” he said.

So has Eagle River.

The Wolves (6-4) racked up double digit hits and runs in each of their final three games — all of which they won — in the CIC consolation playoffs.

“We’re finally coming together,” said recent ERHS graduate Kyle Frost. “We’re heading in the right direction.”

Fueled by an eight-run third inning, Eagle River opened with an 11-1 win over Bartlett (2-8) on May 23 at Kosinski Field. Michael Rosenberg led the Wolves with four hits. Lauren Frost had two hits and two RBI’s, and Colby LeBlanc and R.J. Dirscherl each had two hits.

Kyle Frost had five hits, including three doubles, drove in six runs and was the winning pitcher in Eagle River’s 17-7 victory over East (1-9) on Friday, May 24 at Kosinski. Dirscherl and Wesley Bennice had three hits apiece for the Wolves, who invoked the 10-rule mercy rule for the second straight day.

Rosenberg hit two doubles and Lauren Frost had a pair of hits for Eagle River, which had 17 total hits.

The Wolves ended their high school season with a 15-9 win over Dimond (6-4) on Saturday, May 25 at Mulcahy. Ahead by three, Eagle River scored five runs in the top of the sixth to put the game out of reach.

Finishing third last year at the American Legion AA State Tournament showed the Wolves can play with anyone, Kyle Frost said.

“The whole team believes now,” he said.

Everyone in a Wolves uniform supports each other, Kyle Frost said.

“It’s a big ole family,” he said.

Eagle River’s Legion season opener is against Dimond today (May 30) at Chad Bax Field at 6:30 p.m. Both local teams are in action Sunday, June 2 at Mulcahy with Eagle River vs. West at noon and Chugiak vs. Bartlett at 6 p.m.

 

Contact Mike Nesper at 694-2727 or mike.nesper@alaskastar.com.

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