Chugiak, E.R. move into 3-way tie for first; West rolls

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Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | May 13, 2023

Eagle River 7, Dimond 4
Pitcher Jack Molloy allowed only two hits through 5.1 innings and left the game with a 5-1 lead before Gunner Mountcastle closed it out with a white-knuckle-ride save as the Wolves won the CIC league game at Mulcahy Stadium.

Connor Lanehart's two-run single in the third inning gave Eagle River a 3-0 while Molloy mowed through the Lynx with three scoreless frames to open the game.

Dimond broke through for a run in the fourth on Gideon Lesslie's RBI groundout to pull within 3-1. Meanwhile, starter Aiden Ray continued to rack up strikeouts. He fanned three in a row, including back-to-back Ks to start the fourth inning, giving him 34 strikeouts in his last 19 innings.

Ray was good, Molloy was better. 

Molloy buckled down with a runner in scoring position and allowed just four base runners through five innings. He had five strikeouts, three looking.

Molloy was chased in the sixth inning in favor of Mountcastle, who struggled with his control, but ultimately got the job done when he closed out the game with the tying run at the plate.

Eagle River (10-3, 4-1 CIC) scored two runs in the top of the seventh thanks to three Dimond errors.

Dimond trailed 5-1 before coming alive for three runs in in the sixth inning. Lesslie drove in his second run of the game and Pama Brito and Ryan Swanstrom each scored on wild pitches.

The Lynx (6-6, 3-2 CIC) flashed some leather in the sixth when center fielder Eli Lipinski made a diving catch and the infield turned a 5-4-3 double play. In the seventh, catcher Peyton Montagna picked off a runner at third with the bases loaded.

Eagle River won the nonleague game 10-4.

West 11, Bartlett 1
Jude Doniere pitched 4.1 innings to pick up the win and Jack Boots drove in the final run that triggered the mercy rule as the Eagles soared to a CIC league game at Mulcahy Stadium.

Doniere racked up six strikeouts, including four in a row over the first and second innings. He retired eight straight in that stretch. The only run he allowed scored on a wild pitch.

He gave way to reliever Liam Gunn, who induced a pop up with runners on second and third to end it for the Eagles (6-5, 2-3 CIC).

Boots was the bomb, going 2-for-3 with three RBIs, a walk and two runs scored. His two-run single made it 4-1 in the second inning. He walked and scored in the third and ended the game in the fifth after smacking a single into center on the 10th pitch of his at-bat.

Bartlett's Carl Colavecchio reached base with a single and a walk. He also swiped three bases. Nick Brandal scored his team's lone run and pinch-hitter Isiah Anaruk roped a single down the third-base line for the Golden Bears (1-11, 0-5 CIC).

Chugiak 12, East 0
Michael Boudreau went 3-for-3 with 4 RBIs and Tyson Morgan pitched four scoreless innings as the Mustangs pulled away in the later stages to post a five-inning mercy rule win in a CIC league game at Mulcahy Stadium.

Boudreau cleared the bases with a double in the second inning that made it 3-0. Landon Luebke then drove him in as the lead swelled to 4-0.

Boudreau reached base all four times and scored two runs. Luebke and Tyler Cage each finished with two RBIs for the Mustangs (8-5, 4-1 CIC).

Just a freshman, Morgan was steady as he wiggled out of a bases-loaded jam in the fourth inning and scattered five walks and a hit batsman while striking out five. 

He also got some nice defense behind him with a double play in the first inning and a pick off by his catcher Hunter Rau in the third inning. Reliever Josh Westerman closed it out with a perfect inning.

Rau and Andrew Gruszynski had doubles as Chugiak banged out 11 hits but led only 4-0 going into the fifth inning.

East's Edison Polanco was a wizard at shortstop, making six assists and turning an unassisted double play - his second of the week. He also made a beautiful play in the fourth inning when he ranged to his left, went to the ground to grab the ball and threw out the runner at first from the seat of his pants.

Que the 'SportsCenter' theme song.

East's Blake Yawitt drew two walks and Andrew Malone banged out the lone base hit for the T-birds (1-9, 0-5 CIC). He also pitched two scoreless innings and showed his toughness when he took a line drive off his leg and stayed in the game.

CIC Standings

Service 4-1 10-1
Eagle River 4-1 10-3
Chugiak 4-1 8-5
South 3-2 9-2
Dimond 3-2 6-6
West 2-3 6-5
East 0-5 1-9
Bartlett 0-5 1-11