Seven seniors lead Chugiak softball squad

Thursday, May 10, 2012 - 20:13
Mustangs look to ‘make some noise’ in the CIC
Chugiak’s Jessica Tramp delivers a pitch during the Mustangs’ split with Dimond on May 5.

Led by seven seniors, Chugiak has started the 2012 softball season strong — and the Mustangs want to keep that momentum going.

“I think we can make some noise in the conference here and hopefully state as well,” head coach Jim Huber said. “We’re really talented.”

Chugiak (6-1) swept a doubleheader with Eagle River (0-9) on Tuesday, May 8 at Lions Park. Chugiak’s Jessica Tramp threw a five-hitter and struck out two en route to a 16-0 win in the first game. Carly Metcalf and Taylor Bakker pitched a combined two-hitter in a 15-0 win in Game 2.

After sweeping South 12-7 then 9-1 in a doubleheader May 2, Chugiak split with Dimond on Saturday, May 5. Chugiak managed just six hits in the first game, losing 4-3. Pitcher Jessica Tramp threw a five-hitter and struck out six.

Chugiak crushed Dimond in the second game 23-7. Taylor Bakker, Kacey Brooker, Mollie Matthis and Kenzie Matthis each went 4-for-5. All four scored three runs, and Brooker and the Matthis sisters each recorded 3 RBIs.

Darion Gobert went 2-for-4, scored four times and drove in three runs.

Against South, Bakker was 3-for-4 and scored three runs in the first game. Kenzie Matthis also hit a solo home run.

In the second game, Gobert pitched a 1-hitter and struck out three. Bakker hit a home run, drove in four runs and scored twice.

With 10 upperclassmen and five underclassmen, Chugiak has a good mix of experience and youth, Huber said.

“This team has got some really good chemistry,” he said.

The Mustangs have strong pitching and are solid at every position, Huber said.

“We don’t really have any glaring weaknesses on this team,” he said.

Huber, who has coached the seniors (Bakker, Brooker, Gobert, Tramp, Tracie Haken, Mollie Matthis and Jessi McMullen) since they were Knik Little Leaguers, said he wants them to conclude their high school careers as the best team in Alaska.

“I would love for them to go out on a big note,” he said.

The Mustangs played a doubleheader against East on Wednesday, May 9, but a score was not available when the Star went to press.

Chugiak plays Thunder Mountain on Friday, May 11 at 4:15 p.m. at Albrecht Fields. The following day, Chugiak takes on Service at 5:45 p.m. at Albrecht. On Monday, May 14, the Mustangs play Bartlett at 5:45 p.m. at Albrecht.

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