Chugiak, West each win 2-1 thrillers in CIC playoffs
Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | May 22, 2019
Chugiak 2, South 1
Billy Smith drew a bases-loaded walk with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning to help the Mustangs walk away with a CIC playoff win.
Camden Costanios started the rally with an infield single with one out. Then Justin Nevells bunted and reached on an error and Christian Cambridge walked to load the bases.
Smith not only had the game-winning RBI, he singled and scored his team’s first run in the second inning. He also started the game at pitcher and threw 5.1 innings, but earned a no-decision.
Smith and South starter Brody Jessee traded fastballs for five innings as the score stood 1-0. It was an old-fashioned pitcher’s duel.
There was also some defense, most notably from South shortstop Oliver Brown, who made a remarkable, ranging play to his left to end the fifth inning and stop two runs from scoring.
In the sixth, South got back-to-back baserunners on hit batsman and then got an opposite-field single from Terren Sugita. Credit Chugiak left fielder Costanios for quickly getting to the ball and throwing in to deny the base runners from advancing. And credit Chugiak reliever Christian Cambridge for escaping the bases-loaded jam with a pop up.
The Wolverines would wind up tying the game in the seventh inning, thanks to some two-out magic.
It all started with Ryan Bailey, who singled on the eighth pitch of the at-bat. Then Reid Brock singled, which forced Chugiak to make a call to the bullpen and brought in Justin Nevells to face Jacob Woodall.
Woodall singled to score Bailey and tie the game at 1-1 before Nevells ended the inning with a strikeout. Woodall finished 2-for-3; Brock 2-for-4.
This was the fifth time in the last six years that Chugiak and South have squared off in the CIC playoffs (South leads 3-2).
Chugiak swept the season series this year and now leads the all-time series 16-13 dating to 2005. The Mustangs are the only CIC team to have a winning record against the Wolverines.
West 2, Eagle River 1
Leland Wilson’s two-run single in the first inning provided all the offense the Eagles needed to win the hard-fought CIC playoff game.
Juan Benitez, Alex Alvarez, Max Fink and Luke Langnes combined on 2-hitter for West, which improved to 8-1 in the CIC and 10-5 overall.
This is the most CIC wins for West since 2010, which was also the last time the Eagles advanced to the state tournament.
In the bottom of the first inning, Shawn Jones ledoff with a double and Jack Opinsky singled to get the party started. With one out, Wilson knocked them in.
West managed only one other base hit the rest of the game against Eagle River starter Daniel Bodine, who pitched 5.2 innings, and reliever Orazio Ramos, who recorded the final out.
In the fourth inning, the Wolves pulled within 2-1 after Sterling Retzlaff reached on an error and later scored on a wild pitch.
It was an eventful inning for West reliever Alex Alvarez, who walked two runners after Retzlaff reached to load the bases. After the wild pitch, Alvarez settled down to end the threat with a strikeout.
Bodine pitched well in defeat, scattering four hits and one walk. He struck out four. Noah Lower and Kam Williams each went 1-for-3 for the Wolves (4-5 CIC, 9-9).
This was the first time since 2014 that Eagle River and West faced off in a CIC playoff game.
This was also the ninth time in the last 12 meetings dating to 2015 that the two teams have played a game decided by one or two runs.
Service 19, East 7
Hutton Stiles crushed a grand slam and Sam Bourdon went 4-for-4 as the Cougars took out a season's worth of frustrations in the slugfest victory in CIC consolation-bracket action.
The win snapped an eight-game losing streak in the CIC.
Service banged out 16 hits, including seven doubles and a home run from Stiles. The 19 runs tied the most for Service in the series with East dating to 1992.
Bourdon doubled twice, drove in four runs and scored four runs. Stiles had 5 RBIs and Henry Helgeson went 3-for-5 with two doubles, an RBI and two runs. Josh Smith was 3-for-4 with a double, RBI and two runs scored.
Bryce Erichson smacked a double, scored a run and drove in two runs for East. David Lundell doubled, scored a run and had an RBI.
Despite the loss, the T-birds still lead Service 24-23 in the all-time series.
Dimond 11, Bartlett 1
Eric Galosich pitched four innings and drove in a run as the Lynx won the CIC consolation-bracket game to complete the season sweep of the Golden Bears.
Zach Jenkins went 2-for-3 with three runs, Jacob Lick tripled, scored twice and drove in two runs.
Luke Smith, Riley Straw, Jeremiah Eneix, Ryan Hendrickson, Logan Sweet and Adam Boyce also had RBIs.
Bartlett's Lee Elliot pitched a complete game and drove in a run.
Drake Hughes batted 2-for-3 and Taylor McCart scored his team's only run.