Chugiak Post 33 takes on Outside competition
Chugiak Post 33 crammed 17 games into the first month of its American Legion season to make time to travel to the Lower 48.
The Mustangs left Wednesday, June 26 for an 11-day trip where they’ll play tournaments in Paducah, Ky., and Columbia, Tenn.
Head coach Bill Lierman said he takes his teams Outside every year, and it’s always beneficial.
“Guys come back with a different attitude,” he said.
They also take on top-notch teams, Lierman said.
“We get to play great baseball,” he said.
Lierman expects the two tournaments this summer to be no different.
“It should be real good competition,” he said.
Chugiak played rival Eagle River on Tuesday, June 25, but a score was not available when the Star went to press.
Here’s a look at scores for the local Legion teams from the past week:
Chugiak 17, Dimond 15
Chugiak (8-5 conference, 11-5 overall) racked up 14 hits in a 17-15 win over Dimond on Monday, June 24 at Mulcahy Stadium.
Christian Bohrer went 4-for-5 to lead the Mustangs. Chase Wilson had three hits, including two doubles, and Alex Hess had a pair of hits, including a three-RBI double.
Chase Gall hit a two-RBI triple for Chugiak.
Eagle River goes 1-2 at Juneau
Eagle River fell to 3-6 in conference play and 6-6 overall after going 1-2 at Juneau on Friday and Saturday, June 21-22.
Juneau held the Wolves to just four hits in a 9-0 win in the first of a doubleheader Friday. Eagle River rebounded to win the second game 9-7.
Led by Michael Rosenberg’s two-run single and Lauren Frost’s RBI single, Eagle River scored six runs in the sixth inning to overcome a four-run deficit.
Ricky Ayala hit a triple and scored twice, Kyle Frost and Greg Long had two hits apiece, and David Fuller drove in two runs and scored twice for the Wolves.
Reliever Michael Fitzgerald pitched four scoreless innings to earn the win.
On Saturday, Juneau won 10-4. Rosenberg led the Wolves with two hits.
The Wolves host West today (June 27) at 6:30 p.m. at Loretta French Park before traveling to Kenai for a doubleheader Saturday, June 29 starting at 12:30 p.m. at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.
The Wolves then host a doubleheader against Service on Monday, July 1 at 3 p.m., and Dimond comes to Loretta French the following day at 6:30 p.m.
Chugiak forfeits to West
Chugiak was forced to forfeit to West because it didn’t have enough players to finish the game after a Mustang was ejected Saturday, June 22 at Kosinski Fields.
Chugiak catcher Morgan Spohn collided with West’s first baseman as Spohn rounded the bag in the top of the ninth inning. When Spohn was called out on the play, he threw his helmet toward the Mustangs’ dugout.
An upset Chugiak team argued Spohn’s path to second base was intentionally blocked, but the umpires didn’t see it that way.
After a meeting between both umps, Spohn was ejected and Chugiak — which was leading 13-4 at the time — had to forfeit. Spohn was forced to sit out the next two games due to the ejection.
Lierman didn’t have much to say after the incident.
“It is what it is,” he said.
Wasilla 10, Chugiak 0
The Road Warriors blanked visiting Chugiak 10-0 on Friday, June 21 at McManus Field. First-place Wasilla (9-1) held a one-point lead in the standings over Chugiak as of Monday, June 24.
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