CIC League Day 5: Eagle River wins sixth straight

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | May 9, 2022

Eagle River 6, Chugiak 2

Noah Lower, Landon Hudson and Josh Thompson took care of most of the heavy lifting for the Wolves, who scored early and then hung on at Mulcahy Stadium.

Eagle River (9-1, 3-0 CIC) scored three runs in the first inning and led 5-0 after four innings en route to winning its sixth straight game.

Lower went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBIs, with one extra-base hit going to the right-center gap and another going to the left-center gap.

Hudson flashed a nice glove at shortstop and singed twice, scored three times and reached base four times. He was the table setter and Lower cleaned it, driving in Hudson in the first, second inning and fourth inning.

Lower is making an early-season case for the Don Rabung CIC MVP Award with a 7-for-10, 6-RBI start in three league games.

Tonight he also pitched, tossing four shutout innings with five strikeouts.

Eagle River reliever Dalton Smith threw 2.1 innings and struck out three straight batters and allowing three straight batters to reach base. Alex Mullen recorded a two-out save.

Chugiak (6-4, 2-1 CIC) struggled to drive in runners in scoring position and left 11 on base.

Fischer Sims and Jayden Steckel each RBIs for the Mustangs, with Hunter and Preston Rau scoring the runs.

Chugiak's defense made two nice plays, recording a 1-3-4-1 pickoff in the first inning and chopping down a run at the plate in the fourth inning.

But the defensive play of the game belonged to Thompson, who's sliding catching in center field robbed Gabe Gruszynski a two-run base knock in the third inning.