Monday in the CIC: Eagle River, West win league openers

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | May 3, 2021

Eagle River 3, Chugiak 2

Shortstop Cam Witte’s two-out RBI single put the Wolves ahead and relief pitcher Noah Lower closed it out in a Cook Inlet Conference league game at Bartlett High School.

With the game tied at 2-2, catcher Luke Barch walked to lead off the top of the seventh inning. Garren Henning was brought in to run for Barch and advanced to second base on an error and stole third base before scoring the go-ahead run.

Lower earned the save after pitching 2.1 innings with four strikeouts, including back-to-back Ks to open the bottom half of the seventh.

Eagle River (4-1, 1-0) snapped a six-game losing streak to arch rival Chugiak dating back to 2014.

Chugiak's Camden Costanios pitched six strong innings in a no decision, striking out six batters and scattering four hits and three walks.

Catcher Andrew Gruszynski and right fielder Gabe Gruszynski each had RBIs for the Mustangs (2-2, 0-1).

West 14, East 6

Athena Clendaniel had a three-run double and finished with four RBIs to help West take the lead for good on its way to a Cook Inlet Conference league win at Bartlett High School.

Her big bat gave her dad Allen, the head coach, his first win at the high school varsity level as the Eagles improved to 1-4.

Younger brother Cyrus started in left field and went 1-3 with a run and RBI.

West shortstop Orion Haliburton and second baseman Michael Helpern each had one base hit, two runs and two RBIs.

East first baseman Bryce Erickson went 3-for-4 with a run and RBI. Catcher Alan Contreras went 2-for-3 while center fielder Ja'Sem Atonio and shortstop Brandon Martin each had one base hit and scored a pair of runs.