Eagle River, Chugiak steal thunder on Day 3 of state

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jul 29, 2012

2012 Alaska State Tournament

Live scoring: http://www.alaskalegion.com/xlive.htm

Sunday Schedule

Winner's Bracket

Chugiak 12, South 3

Eagle River 9, Fairbanks 8

Loser's Bracket

Wasilla 11, East 2 [East eliminated]

Kenai 18, West 8 [West eliminated]

Monday Schedule

Loser's Bracket

9 AM [4] Dimond vs. [3] Wasilla

12:15 PM [7] Service vs. [1] Kenai

****There are only two games Monday due to Anchorage Glaicer Pilots game at 6 PM

[8] Eagle River 9, [5] Fairbanks 8

Pitcher Chris Parker slammed the door with 3.2 innings of brilliant relief to save the biggest victory in Eagle River baseball history, a win that moved the Wolves into the state semifinals for the first time.

Eagle River [12-19] has won three consecutive games, something it hadn't done all season.

Tonight's upset specaial came against a Fairbanks team that beat the Wolves 21-0 just two weeks ago.

David Fuller - last night's hero - banged out 3 hits while teammates Richard Ayala, Collin Metzel and Parker each had 2 hits.

Eagle River starter Wesely Bernice earned the win.

Eagle River built leads of 5-1, 7-2 and 9-4.

But Fairbanks [19-10] wouldn't go away.

Brad Wixon's RBI double keyed a 3-run sixth inning. In the eighth, Cameron Hendrix's run-scoring single made it 9-8. Then Tim Ballard wiggled out of trouble in the top of the ninth, leaving the door open for a comeback.

But it didn't happen.

Parker and the Wolves slammed it shut.

[6] Chugiak 12, [2] South 3

Chugiak Post 33 continues to pick off top-seeded teams at the state tournament, this time beating No. 2 South one day after defeating No. 3 Wasilla.

It was the third win in three days for Chugiak [16-16], which advanced to Wednesday's semifinals at 2 p.m.

The Mustangs are averaging 11 runs in those three wins.

Tonight, though, it was relief pitchers Conner Cimmiyotti and Deven Ferriss that deserve the most props.

They allowed just one run between the two of them in 7.2 innings, holding potent Post 4 bats in check.

Chugiak's Bradley Cooper had a two-run triple to highlight a 5-run sixth inning. Justin Schneider went 3 for 4.

Brad Butcher and Bryan Baker each tripled for South [18-11]

[1] Kenai 18, [11] West 8

A day after getting shut out, Kenai Post 20 responded with a 16-hit, 11-walk attack to avoid elimination at the state tournament.

Jacob Darrow, Josiah Covey and Maxwell Hegge had 3 hits apiece to help Kenai end the game in the seventh inning due to the mercy rule.

This was no cakewalk, however.

West Post 1 battled and nearly came back from an 8-1 deficit, crawling within 10-8 thanks to runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings.

But Kenai answered with an 8-spot in the bottom half of the seventh to win in walk-off fashion because of the 10-run rule.

The win was the league-high 30th of the season for the Post 20 Twins.

West was eliminated from the tournament.

[3] Wasilla 11, [9] East 2

Damon Hammer, Russ Ruta and Tyler Hansen combined to baffle the East bats and keep Wasilla Post 35 alive in the state tournament.

Josh Grissom and Hammer each had 2 hits and they each drove in a run, along with James McJimsey and David Newman for the Road Warriors [17-11].

Hammer started and struck out 4 in a 3.2 innings of shutout ball.

Ruta earned the win with another 2.1 innings of shutout relief.

East was eliminated from the tournament.