First-place Chugiak stormed through the Interior undefeated over the weekend in Alaska American Legion Baseball play.
The Post 33 Mustangs opened their road trip with a 5-3 league win over North Pole on July 13, followed by back-to-back wins over Fairbanks on July 14. Chugiak completed its perfect road trip with a 7-4 nonleague win over North Pole.
When Chyna Finley moved to Eagle River in 2016, she needed a fresh start. As a teen from Chicago with a tough past, she feared she would fulfill others’ predictions and become just another statistic of a troubled youth whose life was cut short. She certainly didn’t expect to play college basketball, but she’ll do just that after signing to play for NAIA school Central Methodist University at a ceremony held last month on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
Chugiak won the battle of the Bradens Wednesday at Oberg Field.
Post 33’s Braden Shackelford outdueled fellow southpaw Brayden Olmstead in rainy Peters Creek, striking out six batters in 5 1/3 innings to key the Mustangs’ 3-0 Alaska American Legion Baseball victory over Eagle River.
Shackelford gave up three hits before giving way to reliever Sam Hall, who didn’t allow a baserunner and needed just 12 pitches to close out the final 1 2/3 innings.
Chugiak Post 33 remains in solid playoff position as the Alaska Legion Baseball AA season nears its homestretch, while Eagle River is still in the hunt for one of the National Division’s three automatic playoff berths.
Through Monday, July 9, Chugiak was 8-3 in the league and 12-9 overall, just two points behind first-place Juneau and four clear of third-place West. Eagle River was 4-7 (23 points) and 8-14 overall. The league awards four points for a tie, two for a tie and one for a loss.
Chugiak-Eagle River racers showed up en masse for the 2018 Mount Marathon races in Seward. Among this year’s finishers in the men’s, women’s and junior races, 75 were from Eagle River, 18 from Chugiak and two from JBER.
Chugiak’s Michael Connelly and Fairbanks’s Kendall Kramer etched their names in the 34-degree face of Mount Marathon on Wednesday when each won the junior race at the iconic Alaskan event for the first time.
“It’s a dream,” said Connelly, a 16-year-old who attends Chugiak High School. “I’ve always dreamed of this.”
Kramer’s win was also the fulfillment of a dream the West Valley High 16-year-old has had since hearing tales of her dad Mike’s back-to-back top-10 finishes in 2006-07.
Chugiak Post 33 continued to stay near the top of the Alaska American Legion Baseball standings with a 15-0 thrashing of Bartlett on Sunday, July 1. The win improved the Mustangs to 7-3 in the league and 10-6 overall, good enough for second-place in the ALB’s National Division.
Chugiak will play in the annual BP Tournament starting July 5 at Mulcahy Stadium at 5 p.m. against South.
Though he lives up the road in Palmer, Mark Corbin is a dogged Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks fan.
“I actually live within walking distance of the Miners’ stadium,” said Corbin, who Chinooks fans will recognize from his regular perch beneath a red tent on the hill behind left field at Lee Jordan Field.
Corbin has been a Chinooks fan since the team started playing its home games at the mountain-ringed diamond at Loretta French Park in 2011. He said the reason is simple.