Chugiak pitcher throws no-hitter to lead Mustangs to CIC championship

Monday, May 27, 2019 - 12:04
  • Chugiak pitcher Camden Costanios delivers to the plate during Chugiak’s 9-6 Cook Inlet Conference baseball win over Eagle River on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at Bartlett High. On May 23, Costanios threw a no-hitter against West. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star file photo)

Chugiak’s Camden Costanios was unhittable, Trystan Costnios was uncatchable and the Chugiak Mustangs are the champions of the Cook Inlet Conference.

The younger Costanios — junior-to-be Camden — threw a seven-inning no-hitter May 23 to help Chugiak defeat West 7-0 in the final game of the CIC playoffs, secure a conference title and earn the No. 1 seed in the upcoming state baseball tournament. The elder Costanios — recent CHS grad Trystan — blasted a 3-run homer in the third inning to lead the Chugiak offense.

Camden Costanios walked two and struck out nine in blanking the Eagles (10-6 overall, 8-2 CIC), whose only two conference losses this season came to the Mustangs (15-2 overall, 9-1 CIC). Costanios threw 114 pitches, including 71 strikes.

Christian Cambridge went 3-for-4 for the Mustangs, who also got two hits and two RBIs from Austin Bull.

Chugiak will face North Pole on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the opening round of the eight-team ASAA/Alaska High School Baseball State Tournament at Mulcahy Stadium. Other games Thursday include Ketchikan vs. Colony at 10 a.m., West vs. West Valley at 1 p.m. and Wasilla vs. Juneau-Douglas at 4 p.m.

For live scoring from the tournament, visit alaskalegion.com

Wolves fall in playoff finale

Eagle River got two hits each from Mason Piper, Noah Lower and Ryan Gray but it wasn’t enough to keep South from taking a 6-4 win over the Wolves May 23 in the final game of the Cook Inlet Conference season for both teams.

Gray had a triple and three RBIs at the plate and gave up eight hits in six innings of work on the mound.

The Wolves finished the season 9-10 overall and 4-6 in the CIC, including an 0-3 showing in their first ever appearance in the CIC playoffs.

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