State large school softball tourney begins Friday in Anchorage

Mustangs open against Juneau-Douglas


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Chugiak pitcher Carly Metcalf throws a West base runner out at first in the CIC tournament semifinal May 23 at Albrecht Fields.

MIKE NESPER

To finish as the best high school softball team in the state, pitching is essential.

“It always begins and ends in the circle,” Chugiak head coach Jim Huber said.

For the Mustangs, who finished third at state last year, that puts the pressure on Carly Metcalf and Katy Bakker.

“We’re gonna go as far as both of those girls are gonna take us,” Huber said.

Consistent pitching and hitting will be key for the Mustangs to make a run at a large schools state title, Huber said.

Chugiak opens the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska 2013 Softball State Championships against Juneau-Douglas on Friday, May 31 at 11 a.m. at Cartee Fields. The Crimson Bears, the No. 2 Railbelt Conference seed, will be a tough first test, Huber said.

“They’re always a challenge,” he said. “They’re always well coached and they’re fundamentally sound.”

There are no easy games at state, Huber said.

“Every team that you play is good,” he said.

After opening the Cook Inlet Conference tournament with two wins, Chugiak fell 8-1 to top-seeded East on May 22. West earned a 4-2 win over the Mustangs on May 23 to secure the conference’s second seed. The Eagles scored three runs in the fifth and one in the seventh. Chugiak’s Rachel Gregg hit a solo home run in the sixth inning — her fifth homer of the season.

Chugiak enters state as the CIC third seed and South is No. 4.

Dimond ended Eagle River’s season with a 17-5 win in an elimination game at the conference tournament May 22. The Wolves are losing three seniors, Taylor Baird, Kelly Youngs and Sarah Peyton.

Lathrop is the Railbelt’s top seed followed by Juneau, West Valley and Colony.

Staying upbeat no matter the situation is something Huber stresses every season. This year is no exception.

“We always approach every year with a lot of confidence and real positive,” he said. “We’re looking forward to the challenge this weekend.”

 

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

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