CIC Tournament 1st Round: West 3, East 0

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | May 23, 2022

Michael Tillman and Makai Baylous combined on a shutout as No. 6 West blanked No. 7 East 3-0 in the first round of the CIC Tournament at Mulcahy Stadium.

Tillman struck out nine over six innings and Baylous earned the save with a white-knuckle seventh inning for the Eagles, who advanced to tomorrow’s second round game against No. 3 Chugiak.

Tillman and East starter Bryce Erickson were both dynamite, matching each other strikeout for strikeout through the first three innings.

Erickson didn’t allow a base hit until his 71st pitch with one out in the fourth inning.

Tillman didn’t allow a base runner to reach scoring position on his watch, getting glove love from his defense in the form of two double plays and a caught stealing.

Beckett Stolp walked to lead off the bottom of the first inning and eventually scored on a wild pitch for the game's first run.

West eight-hole hitter Sam Ziersel's RBI single in the fourth inning made it 2-0 and Gabe Caternicchio's two-strike, two-out base knock pushed West's cushion to 3-0.

East outhit West 8-3.

Jacob Pruitt, Kenton Cooke and Andrew Malone each had two hits for the T-birds. Malone threw out a base runner at third base in the first inning and Juan Franco made a nice bare-handed flip for an out in the sixth inning.

East's offense, which had been quite all night, came alive in the seventh inning.

Erickson reached after getting hit by a pitch, which ended Tillman's night. Baylous entered the game and struck out the first batter on three pitches before giving up back-to-back hits by Cooke and Austin Johnson.

But the Eagles cut down a run at the plate for the second out and Baylous ended the game with a strikeout.