Costanios brothers power Chugiak to CIC championship

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | May 23, 2019

Chugiak 7, West 0

The Costanios brothers delivered one of the greatest 1-2 punches in Cook Inlet Conference history under the bright lights of the CIC playoffs.

 

Sophomore Camden Costanios pitched a 21-out no-hitter and senior Trystan Costanios put the game away in the third inning with a three-run home run as the Mustangs clinched the CIC championship in a battle of league leaders.

 

Camden Costanios retired the first seven batters he faced and threw 114 pitches in all.

 

He walked two batters and hit two batters, with one erased on a double play in the seventh inning.

 

Camden Costanios struck out nine batters and ended the no-no by inducing a ground ball to shortstop Justin Nevells.

 

Austin Bull went 2-for-3 and drove in two runs in the first inning to spot Chugiak a 2-0 lead. In the third, Billy Smith and Bull had consecutive singles to set the table for Trystan Costanios, who went yard to clear the bases.

 

Christian Cambridge went 3-for-4 and was one of six players to score a run for Chugiak (9-1 CIC, 15-2).

 

With the win, Chugiak claimed the CIC’s No. 1 seed at the ASAA state tournament at the end of the month. The Mustangs handed West its only two league losses this year.

 

West (8-2 CIC, 10-6) will be the CIC’s No. 2 seed.

 

In the seventh, Leland Wilson earned an eight-pitch walk after falling behind 0-2 in the count. The next batter rolled into a 6-4-3 double play to serve as the boost Camden Costanios needed to get over the hump.

 

South 6, Eagle River 4

Brody Jessee homered and tripled to power the Wolverines to victory in a CIC playoff-bracket game that featured four lead changes.

 

Jessee finished 2-for-4 with three RBIs, including a go-ahead two-run dinger in the fourth inning.

 

South (5-5 CIC, 13-6) also got a triple from Gage Webster and a double from Terren Sugita. Both those guys and Damian Mohl had RBIs.

 

Tony Maioriello started and pitched five innings, scattering seven hits and four walks with six strikeouts sprinkled in.

 

Jacob Woodall – who earlier in the day was named Gatorade Alaska Player of the Year – closed out the game for the save. He struck out five batters in two frames.

 

Ryan Gray played a helluva game for Eagle River (4-6 CIC, 9-10).

 

He pitched all six innings and batted 2-for-4 with a triple and three RBIs.

 

He danced around constant commotion on the mound, allowing eight hits and six walks. But to his credit, he kept the game close.

 

Mason Piper doubled and went 2-5 with an RBI and run. Noah Lower was 2-for-4.

 

Service 13, Bartlett 8

Carsen Sandau, Hutton Stiles, Henry Helgeson and Sam Bourdon combined for 12 of their team's 16 hits as the Cougars won in extra innings in CIC consolation action.

 

Sandau went 5-for-5 with two triples, two doubles and five RBIs. Stiles was 3-for-5 and scored four runs. Helgeson and Bourdon each had two hits.

 

The slugfest featured 28 hits and 10 walks as both teams combined to leave 23 runners on base. The game was tied after seven innings and wasn't decided until the 10th.

 

Bartlett's John Grantier and Drake Hughes each went 3-for-5 and Connor Sessoms doubled and drove in two runs.

 

Grantier, Hughes, Ryan Wood and Baylee Gillen also had RBIs for the Golden Bears. Taylor McCart struck out seven batters in 7.2 innings.

 

Dimond 9, East 3

Zach Jenkins went 3-for-3 with a double, two runs and two RBIs as the Lynx wrapped up the season sweep of the T-birds in CIC consolation action.

 

Ryan Henrickson pitched five innings and struck out seven. He allowed just two hits and both runs were unearned. Henrickson and reliever Adam Boyce issued just one walk between them.

 

Connor Cunningham scored two runs and Jack Dolan and Logan Sweet each had base hits and scored a run.

 

East's Erik White tripled, scored a run and also pitched a scoreless frame.

 

Gavin Oakley and Patrick Leshan collected RBIs for the T-birds.