Legion teams off and running

Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 13:04
  • Eagle River American Legion Baseball player Able Davis slides safely into home plate during the team’s 11-7 loss to Kenai Post 20 on Saturday, June 9, 2018. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Eagle River’s Ryan Gray swings at a pitch during the team’s 11-7 loss to Kenai Post 20 on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at Loretta French Park in Chugiak. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Eagle River Amercian Legion baseball player Able Davis dives safely into first base during the team’s 11-7 loss to Kenai Post 20 on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at Loretta French Park in Chugiak. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Eagle River American Legion Baseball pitcher Brayden Olmstead delivers a pitch during the team’s 11-7 loss to Kenai Post 20 on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at Loretta French Park in Chugiak. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)

The American Legion baseball season is heating up, with teams now well into the 16-team league schedule.

Chugiak improved to 2-2 in the league and 3-4 overall with a split June 9 against Juneau in Juneau. In the opener, the Post 33 Mustangs fell 7-4 before rallying for a 5-1 win in the second game of the doubleheader. The teams also played a nonleague game Sunday, with Juneau taking the series finale 3-2.

The road-tripping Mustangs travel to Kenai for a doubleheader against the Twins on Wednesday, June 13, at Coral Seymour Park. Chugiak plays Bartlett on Saturday, June 16, at Oberg Field in Chugiak, followed by a June 17 game at Oberg against Kodiak.

Wolves open 2-2

Eagle River started the season .500 through its first four games, picking up a 5-1 win over East on Monday. Ryan Gray Christian Frederick had two hits each for the Wolves, who got six ininings of one-hit ball from starter Aaron Davis.

Eagle River earned a 6-3 nonleague win over Palmer June 8 before dropping an 11-7 decision to the visiting Post 20 Twins on Saturday at Loretta French. Kenai used a six-run second inning to race out to a big lead over Eagle River, which rallied for three runs in the third and four in the fifth to close the gap. Ryan Gray, Orazio Ramos, Christian Frederick, Chase McGraw, Gus Lewis and Able Davis each had a hit in the loss, which dropped Eagle River to 1-2 in the league.

Eagle River plays Wasilla on Thursday, June 14, at 6:30 p.m. at Loretta French, then travels to Anchorage for a June 15 match-up with West at Bartlett.

Annual camp upcoming

Many of the top legion baseball players will participate in the league’s Summer College Coaches Camp June 18-21 at Mulcahy Stadium. In a press release announcing the camp, ABL media director Van Williams credited former Chugiak manager Bill Lierman Sr. for helping start the first camp in 1994.

“The late, great longtime Chugiak Post 33 manager Bill Lierman Sr. worked tirelessly to grow youth baseball in Alaska and provide local kids with exposure to college coaches without leaving the state,” Williams wrote of Lierman, who died in 2004. To learn more about the camp, visit alaskalegion.com.

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