Chugiak, Eagle River baseball teams have successful season openers

Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 10:36

The wait was worth it for the high school baseball teams at Chugiak and Eagle River High, which each opened the weather-delayed prep season with victories.

On Monday, the Mustangs knocked off South 10-8 in a nonleague game at Bartlett High, where icy conditions around the stadium forced a three-day delay to the start of the season. Mason Pearce broke open a tie game in the top of the seventh inning, driving in Christian Cambridge and Brian Wing for the go-ahead runs.

The Mustangs will spend the rest of the week in Kodiak, where they’ll play in the the annual Rex Matautia Baseball Tournament April 18-21 against Grace Christian, South and Kodiak.

On Tuesday, Eagle River opened its nonleague season by scoring six runs in the first inning in a 13-0 rout of Bartlett at Bartlett. Braden Olmstead went 2-for-4 with two RBI for the Wolves, who got two hits and three RBI from Chase McGraw and three runs scored from Ryan Gray. Five pitchers combined for 11 strikeouts for the Wolves, with Olmstead and Daniel Bodine each striking out the side in their one inning of work.

Eagle River plays next at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 20 in a nonleague game against West at Bartlett.

The Cook Inlet Conference season for both Chugiak and Eagle River begins May 1.

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