Chugiak vs. Kenai to square off for Legion AA title Saturday

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Aug 1, 2015

The Alaska Legion AA Baseball State Tournament seems like 2012 all over again.

Chugiak Post 33 advances to championship game unbeaten, while Kenai Post 20 battled through the loser's bracket to reach the final.

Kenai won the title that year.

We will see which team walks away with the 2015 trophy Saturday afternoon. No. 1 Chugiak will face No. 6 Kenai at 3 p.m. at Mulcahy Stadium. There is an if-necessary game scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

Chugiak swept Kenai in all three games during the regular season, including two league games, 6-3 and 11-9. 

Let's take a closer look at both teams:

Chugiak Post 33

The top-seeded Mustangs are 28-2 this season and have been the best baseball team in Alaska since high school. Chugiak won the ASAA state title in June and clinched the No. 1 seed after having the best record in Legion AA this summer.

Head coach Doug Henie's team has won 39 of its last 43 games.

The Mustangs are 3-0 in the state tournament after beating No. 8 Fairbanks 30, No. 5 Valley and No. 2 Juneau.

Chugiak has a .323 team batting average during the tournament and a 1.67 team ERA.

Picking an all-star on Chugiak is like picking a dandelion - they are everywhere.

Kenai Post 20

The sixth-seeded Twins [22-11] are a resilient group, having won four consecutive elimination games to reach Saturday.

They were especially effective Friday, winning consecutive games over No. 3 South and No. 2 Juneau by one run. In fact, both victories were courtesy of a bases-loaded walk.

Kenai's batting stats don't jump off the page, but that doesn't mean they are easy outs.

They are actually tough as nails. 

The Twins take pitches, work the count and wear down a pitching staff with base on balls. Kenai batters have walked 29 times, more than any team in the state tournament.

Past Legion State Champions

10 – East Post 34 [1974, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1988, 1992, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006]

7 – Dimond Post 21 [1986, 1987, 1999, 2000 2002, 2010, 2011]

7 – Chugiak Post 33 [1989, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2008, 2013]

4 – Fairbanks Post 11 [1970, 1973, 1975, 1978]

3 – Kenai Post 20 [1991, 1995, 2012]

3 – South Post 4 [2007, 2009, 2014]

3 – West Post 1 [1967, 1968, 1977]

2 – Bartlett Post 29 [1972, 1981]

2 - Juneau Post 25 [1983, 1984]

2 – Service Post 28 [1991, 2001]

1 – Kodiak Post 17 [1985]

1 – Wasilla Post 35 [1990]

This story was written by Van Williams, a freelance writer in Anchorage and the ALB Media Director.