Chugiak crushes North Pole to reach state baseball semifinals
The Costanios brothers just keep one-upping each other.
Chugiak catcher Trystan Costanios hit a grand slam and an inside-the-park home run in back-to-back at bats Thursday to lead the Mustangs to a 13-3 romp over North Pole in the first round of the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska State Baseball Tournament at Mulcahy Stadium. Costanios went 2-for-2 with 6 RBIs in the rout, which came in Chugiak’s first game after Costanios’ younger brother, Camden, threw a no-hitter in the Cook Inlet Conference playoffs.
Trystan’s first homer was a first-inning no-doubter to left-center that left North Pole left fielder Ben Green and center fielder Wyatt Kammer standing in awe as the high blast disappeared in the direction of Anchorage Football Stadium. Green and Kammer had an active hand in Costanios’ second homer, as the two collided in an effort to catch the Chugiak senior’s rocket into the gap. By the time shortstop Gavin Fischer retrieved the ball, Costanios was celebrating at home plate for the second time in as many innings.
The two home runs gave Costanios three in his last two games.
Billy Smith and Christian Cambridge each had 2 hits and 2 RBIs for the Mustangs, who will face Wasilla in the semifinals at 7 p.m. Friday at Mulcahy. The Warriors knocked off Juneau-Douglas 10-3 Thursday.
Chugiak starter Ian Frizelle gave up one hit and struck out four in three innings pitched.
The game ended in the fifth inning on the 10-inning mercy rule after Chugiak (16-2) turned a game-ending triple play that started when the Mustangs’ left fielder tracked down a long fly ball and made a strong throw back to the infield to double off both Green and Alex Kazense. The left fielder’s name? You guessed it: Camden Costanios.
In other games Thursday, Ketchikan knocked off Colony 10-3 and West defeated West Valley 10-0. The Kings and Eagles will play at 4 p.m. Friday in the other semifinal.
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