CIC Tournament Semifinals: Eagle River 6, Chugiak 1

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | May 25, 2022

Alex Mullen and Dalton Smith combined for a 4-hitter and Josh Thompson drove in the winning run as No. 2 Eagle River pulled away to beat No. 3 Chugiak 6-1 in the Cook Inlet Conference Tournament semifinals at Mulcahy Stadium.

Mullen started and pitched 4.2 innings to earn the winning decision before giving way to Smith, who recorded a seven-out save.

The win punched Eagle River's ticket to next week's ASAA Division I state tournament as well as a trip to tomorrow night's CIC championship game against South at 7:30.

The Wolves got there by beating crosstown rival Chugiak for the third time this season.

With two outs and two on in the fourth inning of a 1-1 game, Thompson ripped a single to center field that scored Jack Molloy, who just beat the relay home in a play at the plate.

Eagle River (15-4) added two more runs in the fifth inning on RBIs from Connor Lanehart and Charlie Wallace.

Meanwhile, Mullen was mowing. After allowing an unearned run in the second inning, he retired nine straight batters before issuing a base on balls to Fischer Sims with two outs in the fifth inning.

Another walk signaled the end of the road for Mullen, who was replaced by Smith, a freshman, who got a strikeout to end the threat.

Smith pitched around a single in the sixth and then closed it out with a game-ending double play, thanks to shortstop Landon Hudson.

Eagle River’s two-run sixth inning was straight out of Hollywood as three-hole hitter Noah Lower - arguably the CIC's top hitter - laid down a surprise bunt with runners on second and third, with Thompson breaking from second base and never breaking stride to come around to score. It was reminiscent of the final play in the movie ‘Major League’.

Chugiak (12-7) took a 1-0 lead in the second inning after Tyler Cage doubled and scored on the third baseman's error. The Mustangs threatened with two on in the the fifth and seventh innings, but no dice.

The Mustangs will face Dimond in the CIC Tournament third-place game tomorrow night at 5.

They say you always see something different at the ballpark and today was no different as this game featured four outs on the base paths, three double plays and a batter's interference call.