Chugiak to face Utah in NWCART tournament opener Friday

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Aug 9, 2012

Just because the Chugiak Post 33 Mustangs lost out on winning the state title doesn’t mean they have lost sight of their goal at the NWCART tournament in Burley, Idaho.

They are in it to win it.

"Our players put a lot of work into the season, starting back in March, and to be that close, four outs away, from winning the tournament, that’s a sickening feeling," Chugiak manager Bill Lierman said.

"At the same time we can’t complain. We did come along way and a lot of our guys improved over the year."

The Mustangs [17-18] hope to build on this season’s success at the NWCART tournament when they face Utah in Friday’s opening round game.

"I like our makeup and I think we’ll be competitive these those guys," Lierman said. "I think the kids are looking forward to this."

Chugiak proved to be a strong all-around squad at the state tournament, hitting .299 as a team while the pitching staff ERA was 3.94.

"We’ll be competitive," Lierman said. "In the past some Alaska teams didn’t do well because they didn’t take a full squad, but we’re taking 85 percent of our team, so we’ll be fine."

Lierman will also make sure the boys have some fun away from the baseball field.

"We’ll have a lot more freedom and be able to go to water parks, where as if we went to the other tournament not so much," he said. "I think guys are looking at it, especially the seniors, like we’ll have time to be together before everybody goes off for school."