Chugiak beats Eagle River, moves into state title game

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jul 31, 2012

2012 Alaska State Tournament

Wednesday's Results

Kenai 11, Fairbanks 1 [Fairbanks eliminated]

South 17, Wasilla 11 [Wasilla eliminated]

Chugiak 10, Eagle River 0

[6] Chugiak 10, [8] Eagle River 0

Just call him Cameron the catalyst.

Cameron Fritz continues to spark Chugiak Post 33 this season, coming through again Wednesday with another all-star performance that secured his team a spot in the state championship game.

Fritz was the starting pitcher and tossed 5.1 scoreless innings. At the plate he doubled, homered, drove in three runs and scored three times.

Chugiak [17-16] improved to 4-0 in the state tournament. The Mustangs are back in the title game for the first time since winning it all in 2008.

Justin Schnieder had three hits to pace a 12-hit attack for Post 33. Conner Cimmiyotti and Deven Ferriss had two hits apiece.

The loss was the first for Eagle River [12-20] in four state tournament games.

Gregory Long had two of his team's eight hits.

The Cinderella Wolves - the highest seeded team still alive - upset No. 1 Kenai and No. 5 Fairbanks on their way to the state semifinal.

They are still alive in the double-elimination tournament.

[2] South 17, [3] Wasilla 11

Matt Ilalio and Bryan Baker provided quite the 1-2 punch as the Post 4 Wolverines banged out a tournament-high 20 hits en route to ending the season for Post 35.

South [19-11] erupted for seven runs in the third inning and six runs in the sixth inning.

Ilalio, the leadoff hitter, went 4 for 6 with 5 RBIs and 3 runs. Baker, who hits third, was 5 for 6 with 4 RBIs.

Josh Crapps was 4 for 4 with a walk.

Wasilla's David Newman and Josh Grissom combined to go 9 for 12 with 6 RBIs.

The Road Warriors ended the season 18-12.

[1] Kenai 11, [5] Fairbanks 1

Thomas Bowe crushed a grand slam in the first inning to carry Post 20 in a game shortened to seven innings due to the mercy rule.

Bowe's home run easily cleared the left-field wall and made the score 6-0 for the Twins [32-9].

Center fielder A.J. Hull went 3 for 4 with 3 RBIs. He also made a beautiful diving catch in the third inning to rob Scooter Bynum of extra bases, maybe an inside-the-park home run. Bynum already had two this season.

Kenai's Jacob Darrow, Hector Rivera and Ethan Oliver also had two hits apiece as Kenai outhit Fairbanks 11-1.

Post 20 starter Brandon Mahle went the first four innings and reliever Tay Harling cleaned up with three scoreless frames.

Fairbanks ended its season 19-11.