Wasilla runs all over Chugiak 13-1 in semifinals
Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | May 31, 2019
Wasilla 13, Chugiak 1
A dream start put the Warriors in position to fulfill a dream scenario after winning their semifinal contest in shocking fashion at the ASAA/First National Bank State Baseball Tournament at Mulcahy Stadium.
Wasilla scored six runs in the bottom of the first inning to set the tone for the rest of the game as the Warriors ran all over the Cook Inlet Conference champions in a game that ended after five innings because of the mercy rule.
Nobody does that to Chugiak, but Wasilla did, handing the Mustangs the school’s most lopsided loss in 21 games at the state tournament.
The Warriors improved their state-best record to 21-2 on the season and advanced to their first state championship game since 2001. Wasilla will face Ketchikan in a matchup between two teams in search of their first championship.
Wasilla jumped out a quick start for the second straight day, thanks in part to cleanup hitter Clancey O’Donnell, who for the second straight day drove in his team’s first run with a base knock.
The Warriors batted around in each of the first and fourth innings, producing a conveyor belt of base runners. There were seven hits, seven walks, two hit batsman and a few more that reached by error.
Waylon Payne’s RBI single made it 7-0, A.J. Camacho’s RBI double made it 8-0 and Clayton Boyett’s RBI single gave Wasilla a 12-0 lead.
The Southcentral Conference champions showed off pitching and defense too.
Jacob Gilbert pitched all five innings and struck out six batters with zero walks. He heated up over the third and fourth innings when he racked up four straight strikeouts.
His catcher, Max Wanser, threw out two base runners at second base, including the final out of the game.
This was Wasilla’s 13th win all-time at the state tournament – No. 5 all-time in Alaska and two behind Chugiak (15).
The Mustangs (16-3) scored in the seventh to avoid being shutout, which should stand for something. It seemed fitting that Justin Nevells had the RBI given he was one of the few bright spots for Chugiak.
He delivered a two-out base hit to get his team on the board. He also came from the bullpen in the first inning, the third pitcher used to get out of the opening frame. He held Wasilla scoreless for the next two innings and got the first two outs in the fourth before errors opened the flood gates.
Chugiak will face West tomorrow in an all-CIC third-place game.