West, Chugiak secure CIC's two berths to State
Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | May 18, 2019
West 3, South 1
Ivan Tillman was spotted a 2-0 lead and went to work in this Cook Inlet Conference playoff game as the right-handed pitcher held the Wolverines to three hits and one walk over seven innings in a complete-game gem.
With the win, No. 2 West wrapped up its first state tournament berth since 2010 and denied No. 3 South a state berth for the first time in nine years.
Shawn Jones scored the game's first run on wild pitch in the first inning and then sealed the deal with a two-out RBI single in the sixth inning.
Tillman allowed just three hits, one unearned run and one walk. He struck out four.
West shortstop Jack Opinsky turned a double play to end the game, one play after his error brought the tying run to the plate.
Quinn Bates-Janigo had an RBI single and Alex Alvarez scored the insurance run.
South’s Ryan Bailey led off the game with a single and later drove in his team's only run with a groundout in the third inning.
Jacob Woodall pitched six innings and struck out seven batters. He pitched four scoreless innings, highlighted by a four-pitch fifth inning.
Woodall was huge for the Wolverines this season, earning two wins last week to get them into playoff position. He pitched like the ace of the staff with each appearance.
Chugiak 7, Eagle River 2
Ian Frizelle pitched 4.2 innings to earn the win, tripled, stole two bases and drove in a run as the No. 1 Mustangs won the CIC playoff game to secure a state tournament berth for the fourth time since 2015.
Chugiak banged out 10 hits, with Billy Smith going 3-for-4 with two RBIs and Christian Cambridge going 2-for-3 with three runs scored.
Austin Bull and Trystan Costanios also had RBIs for Mustangs, who had nine stolen bases.
Chugiak scored three runs in the first inning and three more in the fourth.
No. 4 Eagle River got RBIs from Sterling Retzlaff and Orazio Ramos. Cam Witte and Mason Piper scored. Witte also recorded 5.2 innings as a pitcher.
The loss dropped the Wolves to 4-4 in the CIC and eliminated them from state tournament consideration.
This is Eagle River’s first appearances in the CIC playoffs since 2014.
Bartlett 3, East 1
Ryan Wood struck out 13 batters over seven innings in a complete-game effort as the No. 7 Golden Bears continued their best season since 2015.
Blake Bacho walked and later scored to give Bartlett an early 1-0 lead and a Connor Sessoms RBI single pushed the lead to 2-0.
That was all the offense Wood needed.
He struck out the side in the fourth and seventh innings. In the sixth, he used back-to-back strikeouts to escape a bases-loaded jam.
Bacho singled, walked twice, stole a base and scored. Bartlett swiped six bases, including two by Ian Byrd and another by Kevin Tapia, who also scored a run.
East’s Zack Barnhart pitched five innings of outstanding relief, allowing only two hits and an unearned run while striking out eight.
Erik White doubled and scored on Ian Carle's RBI single for the No. 6 T-birds only run.
Dimond 8, Service 7
Zach Jenkins lined a single to center field with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning that scored Logan Sweet and Parker Coplin and provided a walk-off win.
It was No. 5 Dimond’s fifth CIC win and its third by one run. Eight players combined for 10 base hits.
Connor Cunningham went 3-for-3 with two stolen bases and two runs scored. Jenkins and Ryan Henrickson scored twice and Jeremiah Eneix, Luke Smith and Jack Dolan drove in runs.
Coplin pitched one inning and earned the win in relief.
Service’s Kyle Andrew had three RBIs and a run. Henry Helgeson, Josh Smith and Nick Coats also had RBIs.
Smith had the lone extra-base hit with a double. The No. 8 Cougars walked 15 times on the night. Andrew and Lochner pitched all 6.2 innings.
Dimond beat Service 10-9 earlier this season in CIC play.