Chugiak fell in heartbreaking fashion on a rainy Tuesday night at Mulcahy Stadium, losing to Service 7-6 in the opening round of the Alaska American Legion Baseball State Tournament on a walk-off single in the 11th inning.
Service’s Cooper Bailey-Parsons scored the game-winning run on a one-out single by Jaren Childs off Chugiak reliever Braden Shackelford.
Alaska’s latest world champion is a hot shot from Chugiak.
20-year-old marksman Matt Toth helped Team U.S.A. to a dramatic win July 6-9 at the Federation Internationale de Tirs aux Armes Sportives de Chasse (FITASC) Sporting Clays Junior World Championships at the Galgamasca Shooting Ground near Budapest, Hungary. Toth is a Chugiak High grad who frequently hones his skills at the Birchwood Recreation and Shooting Park.
Toth joined teammates Braxton Oliver and Dominic Gross in defeating second-place Great Britain by a single point.
Chugiak used a late-season surge to storm its way into the Alaska American Legion State Baseball Tournament, which begins Tuesday at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.
After closing the season with seven straight league wins, the Post 33 Mustangs finished 11-7 in league play, good enough to clinch one of the National Division’s three automatic playoff spots. Chugiak — which won the state title in 2015 — didn’t lose a league game in the month of July, outscoring its opponents by a combined 46 runs during its final seven league games.
The home cooking in Chugiak has been mighty fine this summer.
The Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks continued their solid play at Lee Jordan Field Sunday, taking a pair of games from the Peninsula Oilers to improve to .500 at their home field at the Loretta French Sports Complex off the Old Glenn Highway. Eight of the team’s 12 wins this season have come at home, including a pair of one-run victories on a sunny Sunday evening.
A trio of triathletes have signed up for what promises to be one of the most extreme endurace races of the summer.
Eagle River’s Britta Anderson, Tyler Boyd and Sara Kennedy are among 234 entrants in the inaugural Alaskaman Extreme Triathlon, a monster of a race that will send competitors on a 2.67-mile swim from Miller’s Landing to Waterfront Park in chilly Resurrection Bay, followed by a 113.5-mile bicycle ride from Seward to Bird Creek, and topped with a 27.5-mile run that includes two trips up Mt. Alyeska and 6,000 feet of elevation gain.
Chugiak and Eagle River’s “A” teams will be among five squads participating in this year’s annual Chugiak Wood Bat Tournament July 13-16.
“It’s down a little bit but still fun,” said Chugiak Post 33 manager Mark Bohrer.
Now in its ninth year, the tournament has had as many as 10 teams. But Bohrer said lower participation numbers overall and more teams statewide have helped thin out the ranks at the “A” level of play, which is roughly the equivalent of junior varsity in the high school-age summer baseball league.