Eagle River edges West 3-1 in extras, secures state berth

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | May 27, 2014

The Eagle River Wolves dream season will go on.

They beat West 3-1 in extra innings tonight at Mulcahy Stadium in the Cook Inlet Conference playoffs to secure the team’s first-ever berth to the state tournament.

RJ Dirscherl and Lauren Frost each had RBIs in the top of the ninth inning to break a 1-1 tie and push Eagle River deeper into postseason play.

Eagle River and West entered the game tied for second place in the Cook Inlet Conference, needing an extra game to see which team would join league champion South at the state tournament, June 5-6-7 in Sitka.

Tonight’s game was scoreless entering the seventh inning, a pitcher’s duel between West’s Dalton Chapman and Eagle River’s Cameron Fabacher.

The Wolves came close to plating a run in the top of the sixth when Dirscherl singled, stole second and stole third before being stranded.

Eagle River got on the board in the top of the seventh after Guido Gerali walked, stole second, moved to third on a passed ball and scored on a wild pitch.

Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the seventh, and with their season on the line, the West Eagles responded with a run thanks to Hawken Wanamaker and Mike Miller. Wanamaker walked, advanced to second on a balk, went to third on a groundout and scored on Miller’s single on a 0-2 pitch.

That was it for Chapman, a college-ready right-hander who allowed just one hit and struck out 11 before leaving after 6.2 innings. LJ Felix took over in relief.

The game stayed tied at 1-1 until the ninth when Eagle River benefited from three consecutive walks before Dirscherl hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly and Frost earned a walk with the bases loaded to make it 3-1.

Chapman got a base hit in the bottom half of the ninth but was stranded.

Gerali picked up the win with four innings of relief.

This story was written by Van Williams, a freelance writer in Anchorage and the ALB Media Director.