Local legion teams see mixed results
Eagle River American Legion (6-6 overall) went 1-3 during the three-day Midnight Sun Tournament in Fairbanks on June 22-24.
Eagle River opened with a 7-5 loss to Dimond on Friday, June 22. David Fuller went 3-for-3 and scored two runs. Kyle Frost had two hits and two RBIs and Wesley Bennice drove in a pair of runs.
Eagle River beat Bartlett 19-9 on Saturday, June 23 before losing to Fairbanks 7-6 the same day.
Eagle River racked up 14 hits and overcame an early 6-1 deficit against Bartlett. Fuller was perfect at the plate a second straight game, going 4-for-4 and scoring four runs. Frost had two hits and two RBIs, while Greg Long and R.J. Dirscherl each hit doubles.
Eagle River concluded the tournament with a 17-15 loss to West in a game that lasted four hours.
Zach Weller went 2-for-3 with 3 RBIs for Eagle River. Dirscherl had three hits and three stolen bases, and Chris Parker had three hits and four stolen bases.
Eagle River hosted Wasilla on Wednesday, June 27, but a score was not available when the Star went to press.
Eagle River travels to Kenai for a doubleheader with the Twins on Saturday, June 30 at 12:30 p.m. Eagle River then hosts Chugiak on Monday, July 2 at Loretta French Park at 6:30 p.m. and Dimond the same time the following day.
South 6, Chugiak 3
Chugiak Post 33 lost to South 6-3 on Tuesday, June 26 at Taylar Young Memorial Field. With the loss, Chugiak fell to 6-7 overall.
Service 8, Chugiak 2
Service handed Chugiak an 8-2 loss on Sunday, June 24 at Chad Bax Field. Chase Wilson led Chugiak with two triples and an RBI.
Chugiak 9, East 8
Chugiak notched a 9-8 win over East on Saturday, June 23 at Kosinski No. 3.
Brad Pospeck’s sacrifice fly that scored Conner Cimmiyotti proved to be the game-winning run in the seventh inning.
Trailing by two, a Cameron Fritz walk, single by Cimmiyotti and a bunt single by Deven Ferriss loaded the bases for Chugiak. Kai Fugere hit an RBI single to score Fritz and tie the game at 8. Then Pospeck brought Cimmiyotti home.
East held an 8-3 lead going into the sixth. Chugiak cut the deficit to two with four runs in the sixth inning.
The victory wasn’t Chugiak’s first come-from-behind win this season, said manager Bill Lierman.
“We’ve done that quite a few times this year,” he said. “That’s what I like about our guys. They’re resilient.”
Lierman said Ferriss, who entered the game for reliever Blake Kutch, was the catalyst for Chugiak’s turnaround. Ferriss, who got the win, struck out five through three-plus innings of work.
“He kept the ball down low,” Lierman said.
Cimmiyotti, who went 4-for-5, retired East’s final batter to earn the save.
Cimmiyotti and Ferriss each hit triples for Chugiak.
Ferriss was one of three Chugiak players named to the Lierman Coaches Clinic All-Star Team last week. He was joined by Wilson and Brad Cooper. Fuller was the lone Eagle River played named to the All-Star Team.
Chugiak hosts West on Sunday, July 1 at 6 p.m. at Oberg Field.The Mustangs play rival Eagle River the following day at 6:30 p.m. at Loretta French Park then play West at Kosinski No. 4 on Tuesday, July 3.
Contact Mike Nesper at 694-2727 or [email protected]