Chugiak galloped into the state baseball tournament in dramatic fashion Saturday.
The Mustangs scored four runs in the 11th inning to knock off top-seeded South and clinch the Cook Inlet Conference title at Mulcahy Stadium.
The Mustangs used two walks and singles from Ian Frizelle, DJ Davis, Braden Shackelford and Jacob Kosinski to break things open in the top of the final inning, and Justin Nevells pitched a scoreless bottom half to secure the win.
Chugiak opened the Cook Inlet Conference baseball season with wins in three of its first four games, scoring three straight wins over Service, Eagle River and East after a season-opening loss to South.
Sam Hall gave up three hits in 5 1/3 innings on May 8 at Mulcahy Stadium to pace the Mustangs’ 12-0 win over East. Justin Nevells went 3-for-5 with a trio of RBIs.
The Mustangs fell 7-2 to the Wolverines in the May 1 opener, then hammered Service 11-0 on May 3 behind a six inning one-hitter from Billy Smith.
Not many people can call themselves national champions. Zach Plucinski can do it in two countries.
On Sunday, April 29, the 17-year-old from Eagle River scored the first goal in the Notre Dame Hounds’ 5-1 win over Quebec’s Cantonniers de Magog in the final of the Telus Cup, Canada’s national Midget (18U) hockey championship.
“It was a really big goal,” Plucinski said Thursday by phone from Wilcox, Saskatchewan, where he attends the College of Notre Dame, an elite prep school known for turning out high-caliber hockey talent.