Mustangs advance to state baseball tournament at expense of rival Wolves
Chugiak clinched a spot in the state baseball tournament and knocked its crosstown rivals out in the process Saturday with a 7-2 win over Eagle River in the Cook Inlet Conference playoffs at Mulcahy Stadium.
The win lifted the Mustangs to 7-1 and ensured the team will finish in the top two spots in the CIC. Eagle River fell to 4-4, meaning the Wolves could finish no higher than third in the standings despite having playoff games remaining Wednesday against West and Thursday against South. Both games are at 4:30 p.m. at Mulcahy Stadium.
The state tournament trip is the fourth in the last five years for Chugiak, which won its only high school state championship in 2015. Chugiak will close out the CIC tournament with games Wednesday against South and Thursday against West, both at 7 p.m. at Mulcahy.
On Saturday, the Mustangs knocked off the Wolves for the second time in three days behind a 3-for-4, 2 RBI performance at the plate from Billy Smith and a strong combined pitching effort by Ian Frizelle, Christian Cambridge and Justin Nevells. Frizelle gave up three hits in 4 ⅔ innings, Cambridge didn’t allow a hit in his 1 ⅔ innings and Nevells retired the final two hitters to close out the game before rushing to the CIC track and field meet to compete in the 4x400 meter relay for the winning Mustang boys track team.
Frizelle had a triple and stole two bases for Chugiak, which also got a 2-for-3 performance at the plate from Cambridge.
Cam Witte, Daniel Bodine and Mason Piper had hits for Eagle River, which is making its first appearance in the CIC playoffs since 2014.
The state tournament will be May 30-June 1 at Mulcahy Stadium.
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Wednesday, May 22
Eagle River vs. West, Mulcahy Stadium, 4:30 p.m.
Chugiak vs. South, Mulcahy Stadium, 7 p.m.
Thursday, May 23
Eagle River vs. South, Mulcahy Stadium, 4:30 p.m.
Chugiak vs. West, Mulcahy Stadium, 7 p.m.