South beats Chugiak 2-1 in 10 innings in pitcher's duel
Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jul 27, 2017
65th ALB State Tournament
South 2, Chugiak 1 – elimination game
In a game dominated by starting pitching, it was timely hitting in the later stages that actually played the biggest role in the Post 4 Wolverines’ come-from-behind win over the Post 33 Mustangs.
Gage Webster singled to lead off the 10th inning and later scored when Josh Costello laced an opposite-field single to knock in the winning run and knock Chugiak out of the state tournament in the elimination game at Mulcahy Stadium.
Starters Terren Sugita of South and Garrett Nevells of Chugiak both pitched nine innings and matched goose eggs for eight innings as the game was scoreless entering the ninth inning.
Sugita threw a no-hitter for 8.2 innings before Mason Peace lined a single up the middle that scored Sam Hall with the game’s first run.
Hall reached base after he walked, stole second base and raced home to easily beat the throw to the plate.
However, South tied it in the bottom of the ninth after Derek McGinnis led off with a triple and later scored on an error.
The game went into extra innings, thus denying both starters a decision although both Sugita and Nevells pitched beautifully to keep their team’s season alive in this loser-bracket game.
Both starters also got terrific defense from their catchers to help them along.
Chugiak’s Trystan Costanios made a diving grab on a foul ball and a South baserunner at third base with one out in the seventh. And South’s Costello threw out two baserunners in the ninth.