CHS softball earns state berth
Third-seeded Chugiak clinched a spot in the state tournament with a 12-0 rout over South in the Cook Inlet Conference softball tournament Tuesday, May 22 at Albrecht Fields.
Katy Bakker pitched all four innings and only surrendered four hits and struck out two.
Kenzie Matthis went 3-for-3 and Katrina Grant went 2-for-2 for the Mustangs.
Chugiak lost its first game of the night 5-3 to No. 2 West, dropping them to the loser’s bracket.
Chugiak played Service on Wednesday, May 23, but a score was not available when the Star went to press. Check www.alaskastar.com for updates.
Recent graduate Darion Gobert pitched a complete game two-hitter and struck out seven to lead Chugiak to an 8-0 win over Dimond in the opening round of the tournament Monday, May 21 at Albrecht.
Gobert said she found her groove early in the game.
“I just focused on one batter at a time,” she said.
Playing error-free ball keyed the victory, Gobert said.
“We all came together,” she said. “We worked as a team.”
Mustangs’ head coach Jim Huber said it was the most complete game his team has played all season.
After being swept by West 6-2 then 9-3 in a doubleheader May 17, Chugiak ended the regular season 11-5 with a sweep over Kodiak on May 19. The visiting Mustangs won the first game 11-2 and edged the Bears 11-9 in the second game.
Eagle River, which did not field a varsity team in the CIC tournament due to injuries and players leaving for summer vacation, opened its four-game road trip in Fairbanks with the Wolves’ first win of the season 26-8 over Monroe Catholic on May 18.
“Our bats really started working,” Eagle River head coach Kevin Murphy said.
Kelly Youngs went 2-for-3 and Sarah Peyton was 2-for-2 and drew three walks.
Following the win, West Valley handed Eagle River an 11-1 loss.
“They’re a big hitting ball club,” Murphy said of the Wolfpack.
On May 19, Lathrop beat Eagle River 13-1 and North Pole notched an 11-2 victory over the Wolves.
Murphy said Eagle River hung with Lathrop through three innings, but the Malemutes racked up nine runs in the fourth.
Prior to their trip to Fairbanks, Eagle River lost 18-1 to Colony on May 17 at 9th and C Street. Jasmine Smith scored the Wolves’ lone run.
Eagle River finished the season 1-19.
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