Mustangs 4th at state Legion baseball tournament; Wolves 2nd at Maston Invite

Tuesday, July 30, 2019 - 11:06
  • Chugiak starter Ian Frizelle delivers to the plate during the Post 33 Mustangs’ 1-0 loss to Wasilla at the Alaska American Legion Baseball State Tournament on Sunday, July 28, 2019 at Mulcahy Stadium. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)

Chugiak Post 33 took a pair of narrow losses in back-to-back games to exit the Alaska American Legion Baseball Tournament in fourth place.

The Mustangs fell victim to a dazzling pitching performance Monday as South’s Austin Delsline and Gage Webster combined for a two-hitter in the Wolverines’ 2-0 win in the tournament’s loser’s bracket.

Chugiak starter Sam Hall gave up seven hits in five innings and Camden Costanios struck out three in two innings of scoreless relief in the loss.

The defeat knocked Chugiak from the tournament after the Mustangs dropped a heartbreaking 1-0 decision to top seed Wasilla in the winner’s bracket semifinals Sunday.

Mustangs starter Ian Frizelle gave up just four hits in six innings for Chugiak, but the Mustangs couldn’t break through against Wasilla starter Clayton Boyett, who threw 6 ⅓ shutout innings and scored the game’s only run in the first inning to earn the win.

Chugiak reached the winner’s bracket semifinals with impressive wins, including a 10-0 thumping of Palmer in the opening round of the eight-team tournament and a 13-5 defeat of No. 2 seed Juneau in the second round.

Against Palmer, Sam Hall threw a five-inning shutout and Justin Nevells went 3-for-3 with three runs scored and an RBI for the Mustangs, who also got three RBis from Christian Cambridge and two from Ian Frizelle.

Against Juneau, Cambridge, Nevells, Frizelle and Billy Smith each had two hits to lead the offense, while Costanios, Nevells and Cambridge combined to shut out Post 25 over the final four innings.

Chugiak finished 25-7.

South and Juneau were scheduled to meet in a semifinal Tuesday, with the winner to face Wasilla for the championship, but scores weren’t available when the Star went to press.

Wolves race into Matson title game

Eagle River American Legion battled its way into the championship of the Matson Invitational with a pair of do-or-die wins Monday at Bartlett High before falling short in the title game Tuesday at Mulcahy Stadium.

The Wolves knocked off Service 4-2 to reach the title game after defeating North Pole 11-6 earlier in the day at the tournament, which is an invitational for the nine Legion teams who failed to reach state.

Ketchikan ended the Wolves’ run with a 6-1 win Tuesday morning at Mulcahy.

Against Service, Wolves starter Ryan Gray gave up just two hits in 6 ⅔ innings of scoreless work to lead the team into the finals. Devin Wilcox had two hits for Eagle River, which got RBIs from Gray, Braden Olmstead and Cameron Witte.

In the earlier game against North Pole, Eagle River pounded 13 hits, including three each from Orazio Ramos and Sterling Retzlaff. The Wolves also got two RBIs each from Gray, Noah Lower, Sam Thompson and Damien Fredrick.

The championship game appearance was the third straight for Eagle River, which finished one spot out of a state tournament berth.

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