Chugiak ready to roll at Northwest Regional Tournament

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Aug 7, 2013

Chugiak Post 33 has already played teams from Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and Texas this year.

So don’t expect the Mustangs to be intimidated by anybody at this week’s Northwest Regional Tournament in Eugene, Ore.

“We know we’re good enough to compete with these teams,” said Chugiak shortstop Deven Ferriss. “We’re not going in there thinking these teams are way better than us. If we play clean baseball, they are going to have to play well to beat us. They’re not just going to walk all over us.”

Chugiak earned the right to represent Alaska at the regional tournament by virtue of winning the state championship game 4-3 in 11 innings over South Post 4.

Chugiak has won 22 of 40 games this year, including a 4-1 record at the state tournament.

The Mustangs in the first round will face the host Eugene Challengers on Thursday at 7 p.m. ADT. Eugene won the Oregon state title and boasts a 35-12 record.

Other first-round matchups include Billings, Montana vs. Cheyenne, Wyoming; Salem, Oregon vs. Hanford, Washington; and Waipahu, Hawaii vs. Idaho Falls, Idaho.

The regional tournament continues through Monday’s championship game. The winner advances to the American Legion World Series.

Ferriss was a big reason why Chugiak is playing for a region championship.

The all-star infielder is hitting.350 on the season to go along with a state-best 36 stolen bases.

“I don’t feel like my role is to be the lead statistic guy because I feel like we have a good enough team that it can come from anywhere,” Ferriss said. “My main goal is to not let my team get content with just winning a state championship. I feel like we have a good enough team to go down there and compete with those teams.”