Parity returns to CIC as league is as balanced as ever
Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | May 8, 2019
For proof of just how much parity is part of the Cook Inlet Conference this year, just look at the Chugiak-Bartlett game.
Chugiak had beaten Bartlett 13 straight times this decade, including the last four by mercy rule.
Yet here we were in the sixth inning, with Chugiak nursing a 5-3 lead. It’s not like Chugiak is down. Bartlett is up.
The whole league is up.
The CIC is as balanced as ever.
And that’s a good thing for baseball in Anchorage. Parity pushes people to be better and creates better competition.
Chugiak 8, Bartlett 4
With two outs in the sixth inning, senior Christian Cambridge tripled in sophomore Zach Cole, sophomore pinch-hitter Bryce Collins doubled in Cambridge and then senior Billy Smith singled in Collins to help the Mustangs pull away.
That three-run rally extended a 5-3 lead to 8-3 and pushed Chugiak to 3-0 in the CIC.
Cambridge went 2-for-4 with a double, triple, two RBIs and two runs.
Bartlett senior Tyler Borschnack singled, walked, was hit by pitch, stole three bases and scored three runs.
Freshman Lee Elliott pitched well for the Golden Bears, holding Chugiak to just five hits and three runs through 5+ innings.
West 4, Dimond 2
Junior Quinn Bates-Janigo went 2-for-4 at the plate and nearly pitched a complete game as the Eagles improved to 3-0 in the CIC.
Bates-Janigo tormented his former team, striking out seven batters in 6.2 innings of work. He also drove in a run and scored a run.
Senior reliever Juan Benitez got a one-out save. West senior Jalen John went 2-for-4 with an RBI and junior Nicko Opinsky was 2-for-4 and scored a run.
Dimond senior Connor Cunningham batted 2-for-4 with a run and sophomore pinch-hitter Riley Straw drove in a run.
Junior Ryan Henrickson struck out six over five innings for the Lynx, who fell to 2-1 in the CIC.
Eagle River 6, East 3
Senior Daniel Bodine tossed a 2-hit complete game and had scoreless frames in six of seven innings pitched as the Wolves improved to 2-1 in the CIC.
Bodine struck out a half dozen and worked around five walks. He also went 1-for-2 at the plate and scored a run.
Freshman Noah Lower went 2-for-3 with a run. Junior Ryan Gray and Kam Williams collected RBIs as Eagle River took off in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings.
Early on, Bodine and East junior Chase Solberg traded goose eggs for the first three innings.
T-bird senior David Lundell batted 1-for-2 with a run. Senior Erik White scored a run and pitched two innings. East fell to 1-2 in the CIC.
South 13, Service 1
It was only a matter of time before the Wolverines got on track and they wasted no time in jumping out to a 6-0 lead after the top of the first inning to improve to 1-2 in the CIC.
Senior starter Jacob Woodall backed it up with a pinpoint performance as he struck out a CIC season-high 13 strikeouts in five innings. He allowed just two hits and two walks.
Junior Gage Webster went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a pair of runs. Senior Damian Mohl was 1-for-2 with two runs and senior Gunnar Nix was 1-for-3 and added two RBIs. Senior Ryan Bailey scored two runs.
Service senior Josh Smith drove in his team’s lone run. Freshman Tobas Lochner went 1-for-1 with a run and senior Nathaniel Cole 1-for-2.