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With a pair of nonconfernce tournament wins under their belts, the Eagle River softball team has been making a bit of noise this season. But the Wolves’ bats were dead silent Friday as Chugiak pitcher Kyle Seagroves led the rival Mustangs to a pair of Cook Inlet Conference wins at the Knik Little League fields in Eagle River.

Eagle River kept its state tournament hopes alive Saturday while Chugiak’s were dealt a blow on a blustery day at Mulcahy Stadium.

The Wolves — who opened the year with four straight Cook Inlet Conference losses — won their second straight game and improved to 2-4 in the CIC with a 3-1 win over West. Bradyn Olmstead threw a gem for Eagle River, scattering four hits over six scoreless innings to earn the win. Olmstead also had one of four hits for the Wolves, who will face East in the regular season finale Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Bartlett.

Strained by a snowy winter and shortened spring, one high school soccer team has reached its breaking point.

A scheduled Cook Inlet Conference match between Eagle River and South Anchorage will go down in the books as a 1-0 forfeit in favor of the Wolverines after Eagle River coach Steve Johnson decided his team needed a break.

Chugiak’s boys and Eagle River’s girls got the last word Thursday on the pitch.

The Mustangs opened the doubleheader at the Wolves’ Den with a 2-0 Cook Inlet Conference boys soccer victory over the Wolves to split the season series, while the Lady Wolves completed a season sweep of the Mustangs in the evening with a 1-0 CIC triumph .

“I feel like our team has come a long way,” said Eagle River’s Ahston McClaskey, who converted the game-winner off a Nicole Bedwell pass on a play started by Abby Johnson early in the second half of a scoreless girls’ game.

Chugiak 16, Bartlett 0

Chugiak picked up its second straight Cook Inlet Conference baseball win in lopsided fashion Saturday, hammering Bartlett 16-0 at Mulcahy Stadium. Brian Wing and Sam Hall combined for a five-inning no-hitter for Chugiak, which improved to 2-1 in the CIC and 4-1 overall. Wing struck out six batters in four innings of work and Hall finished the game by striking out the side in the fifth.

Brady Lindberg and Jake Kindred had two hits each for Chugiak, which got three RBI from Kindred and DJ Davies in the mercy-rule-shortened game.

Max Hartke provided the game-winneer and Marlon Irias added a pair of insurance strikes as the Chugiak boys bounced back from a Friday loss to Dimond with a 3-0 Cook Inlet Conference win over East Saturday at Ed Blahous Field in Chugiak. The win improved Chugiak’s record to 2-6 in the CIC.

Chugiak’s Brooklynn Gould continued her phenomenal freshman track campaign with a four-win weekend at the Frosh/Soph Meet May 5-6 at Dimond High.

Gould won the long jump on Friday, then took the 200 meters, 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles on Saturday. Her time in the 300 hurdles was the best in the state this season. The former Mirror Lake Coyotes standout also posted the state’s No. 2 100 hurdles time, the fourth-best long jump and the seventh-fastest 200 time of the season.

Before this year, Eagle River’s softball team hadn’t beaten East in a decade.

They’ve now done it twice in two weeks.

Ashton Stubblefield’s walk-off single Saturday night in the seventh inning lifted the Wolves to a 5-4 come-from-behind win over the T-birds in the championship game of the Gold Bracket at the Blue and Gold Tournament at Albrecht Fields in Anchorage. Eagle River finished the tournament 5-0 and added a second tournament victory to go with a win in Kodiak to start the season.

A fidgeting rainbow of youngsters fanned out across the baseball diamond at Eagle River Lions Park Saturday, a colorful sight that’s been a sure sign of spring here for more than five decades. Clad in sliding pants still (mostly) unmarred by dirt and many wearing mitts still unbroken, the kids stood in formation, their chests proudly emblazoned with the one word that bound them all together.

Knik.

Wednesday was a tough day on the diamond for Chugiak and Eagle River prep softball teams, who went 0-3 against Cook Inlet Conference foes at Albrecht Fields in Anchorage.

Chugiak fell to 3-5 in the CIC with a pair of losses, dropping a 13-5 decision to South in the early game and falling 9-0 to West in the evening contest. Madison Thompson, Kylie Seagroves, Gigi Montgomery and Gina Kodiak each had one hit and one RBI for the Mustangs against South. Against West, Eagles pitcher Rebecca Syrup limited the Mustangs to just four hits.

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