Chugiak, South earn walkoff wins to conclude playoffs

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | May 21, 2018

CIC Playoff Round

Chugiak 9, Service 8

The Mustangs twice rallied in the final two innings to stun the Cougars in extra innings at Bartlett High School and conclude Cook Inlet Conference play with their ninth consecutive victory, including a perfect 3-0 mark in the playoffs.

This win was as impressive as improbable as Chugiak stormed back from deficits of 7-2 in the seventh and 8-7 in the eighth before winning in walkoff fashion after Sam Hall drew a walk on a full count and with the bases loaded to plate Christian Cambridge.

Chugiak had already clinched the conference championship and a berth to the ASAA state tournament. Service, on the other hand, had to win this game to force an if-necessary game with South – a 2-1 winner over West in the other playoff game - for the league’s second state berth.

Service was riding a five-game winning streak and had knocked off No. 1 South and No. 2 West entering the night. It looked like Chugiak would be next, trailing by six runs and down to its final three outs.

But Chugiak has been the best team in the CIC all season and they showed it again as several guys played hero in the comeback. Jacob Kosinski, Ian Frizelle and Gus Lewis had RBIs in the seventh and Cambridge and Hall had RBIs in the eighth.

Service’s Jaren Childs went 2-for-4 with four RBIs. He also started and pitched well enough to win, allowing just three hits and three runs over six innings. His catcher Chris Malagodi was 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs.

Service 040 201 01 - 8 7 4

Chugiak 000 010 62 - 9 5 2

Service - Childs, Cole (7), Coats (8) and Malagodi. Chugiak - Schackelford, Wing (5), Cambridge (6) and Costanios. W - Cambridge. L - Coats. 2B - Malagodi (S). 3B - Conti (S). HR - None.

South 2, West 1

What started as an old-fashioned pitcher's duel ended in extra innings when Terren Sugita drove in the winning run as the Wolverines walked off on the Eagles at Mulcahy Stadium in a must-win playoff game for both teams.

Josh Costello led off the bottom of the eighth inning with a walk off West starter Leland Wilson, the best pitcher in the CIC this year. The starter was pulled after seven-plus in favor of reliever Luis Nunez, who uncorked two wild pitches that allowed Costello to race around to third base.

After West intentionally walked the next two batters to load the bases, Sugita shot a single to center field to score Costello with the game winner.

Both teams pitched and defended well enough to win as both starters completed seven innings and neither team committed an error.

South starter Jacob Woodall actually completed all eight innings with just 100 pitches. He scattered six hits and three walks. He struck out seven batters in what was nothing short of a playoff gem.

Wilson was a tough-luck loser as he allowed just two hits, but that leadoff walk in the eighth came back to bite him. The sophomore southpaw issued five walks but did strike out 10 batters, giving him 44 Ks in four league starts.

West took a 1-0 lead in the fifth inning after Nunez delivered a two-out base hit to score Declan Dammeyer. However, in the bottom half, South answered when Damian Mohl doubled and scored on Lian Lincoln's RBI single to tie it at 1-1.

South’s win, coupled with Service’s loss, means the Wolverines qualified for state for the eighth straight year

West 000 010 00 - 1 6 0

South 000 010 01 - 2 3 0

West - Wilson, Nunez (8) and Langnes. South - Woodall and Costello. W - Woodall. L - Wilson. 2B - Wilson (W), Mohl (2). 3B - None. HR - None.

CIC Consolation Round

Dimond 11, Eagle River 1

Kyler Maisey went 4-for-4 and was one of four Lynx to drive in a pair of runs in a six-inning win over the Wolves at Mulcahy Stadium.

Kobe Vanderwood, Quinn Bates-Janigo and Zack Jenkins also had two RBIs.

Jake Andresen pitched five innings and allowed just two hits and one run. He struck out seven batters.

Eagle River's Braden Olmstead and Christian Fredrick got base hits and Deven Wesolowski scored the teams' lone run.

Dimond 030 242 - 11 13 2

Eagle River 001 000 - 1 2 1

Dimond - Andresen, Roettger (6) and Carey. Eagle River - Miles, Linn (5) and Fredrick. W - Andresen. L - Miles. 2B - Q. Bates-Janigo (D), Andresen (D). 3B - None. HR - None.