Service stuns South, Chugiak runs away from West

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | May 18, 2018

Service 6, South 5

Jaren Childs pitched the final six outs to record the save and save his team’s season as the Cougars avoided elimination in the Cook Inlet Conference playoffs at Mulcahy Stadium.

Service led 5-0 before holding on at the end, with Childs inducing a groundball to freshman shortstop Nick Coats, who made a nice play in the hole to register the final out.

The win helped the Cougars avenge a 10-0 loss to South and kept them alive for one of CIC's two berths to the ASAA state tournament.

With two games left in the CIC playoff round, Chugiak leads the way with a 7-1 mark with South (6-2) and West (6-2) one game ahead of Service (5-3).

The Cougars went ahead 6-2 in the fifth inning on Henry Helgeson’s two-out single that scored Childs from second base. Helgeson finished with two RBIs. Nathan Cole and Hutton Stiles added RBIs and leadoff hitter Chris Malagodi scored three runs.

South's Jacob Woodall, Gage Webster, Ryan Bailey and Luke Giffen drove in runs for the Wolverines.

Relief pitcher Reid Brock pitched 4.1 innings and allowed only two hits. Four South pitchers combined to issue 14 walks, but they also wiggled out of a lot of jams and forced Service to leave 14 runners on base.

The Wolverines (6-2) pulled within 6-4 in the sixth inning after Brock scored on a wild pitch and Gage Webster lofted a sacrifice fly.

In the seventh inning, Woodall doubled in a run to make it 6-5, but was left stranded in scoring position.

Service 113 010 0 - 6 7 0

South 000 202 1 - 5 6 2

Service - Jaidinger, Childs (6) and Malagodi. South - Sugita, Jessee (1), Brock (3), Lincoln (7) and Costello. W - Jaidinger. L - Sugita. Sv - Childs 2B - Woodall (So). 3B - None. HR - None.

Chugiak 8, West 2

Ian Frizelle cleared the bases with a two-out, three-run triple in the first inning to set the tone for the Mustangs at the Mulcahy Stadium as they beat the Eagles for the second time in the last week.

Frizelle finished with six RBIs as he added an RBI groundout in the third inning, a sac fly in the fifth and another RBI groundout in the seventh.

The win put Chugiak in a strong position to snag one of the two berths the Cook Inlet Conference receives to the ASAA state tournament with a one-game lead and two games to play.

Trystan Costanios had a sac fly for Chugiak, which manufactured eight runs despite having half that number of base hits.

Winning starter Garrett Nevells scattered eight hits over 5.1 innings.

West’s Luke Langnes got his team on the board in the first inning with a single to score Luis Nunez, who doubled with two outs to put himself in scoring position.

Chris Crespo crushed a solo home run in the seventh inning.

West starter Thomas Zettler didn’t pitch poorly but did yield six base on balls.

Chugiak 401 020 1 - 8 4 2

West 100 001 0 - 2 9 3

Chugiak - G. Nevells, Frizelle (6), J. Nevells (7) and Costanios. West - Zettler, Nunez (6) and Langnes. W - G. Nevells. L - Zettler. 2B - Nunez (W). 3B - Frizelle (C). HR - Crespo (W).

CIC CONSOLATION ROUND

Dimond 7, East 2

Kaden Roettger hit a home run and pitched all seven innings as the Lynx defeated the T-birds at the K fields.

Roettger finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs, a run and a walk. He carried a shutout into the sixth inning.

Conor Bates-Janigo went 2-for-4 with a double, RBI and two runs.

East's Ricky Gatter tripled and Jalen John and Azzur Neely had RBIs.

East 000 002 0 - 2 4 2

Dimond 040 102 x - 7 6 1

East - Oakley, John (5) and Dunham. Dimond - Roettger and Carey. W - Roettger. L - Oakley. 2B - C. Bates-Janigo (D). 3B - Gatter (E). HR - Roettger (D).

Eagle River 14, Bartlett 2

Ryan Gray went 3-for-3 with a double and was the winning pitcher to lead the Wolves to a win in five innings at the K fields.

Gray drove in two runs and scored twice. He struck out five baters over three innings of work.

Joshua Linn, Sterling Retzlaff and Daniel Bodine each finished with two RBIs.

Bartlett's Drake Hughes went 2-for-2 with an RBI and run. Taylor McCart went 2-for-3.

Bartlett 101 00 - 2 4 3

Eagle River 077 0x - 14 10 1

Bartlett - Borschnack, Hughes (3), Bacho (3) and McCart. Eagle River - Gray, Wesolowski (4) and Linn. 2B - Gray (ER). 3B - None. HR - None.