Eagle River shocks No. 1 Kenai to highlight Day 2 of state

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jul 28, 2012

[8] Eagle River 6, [1] Kenai 0

Eagle River sent shock waves throughout the state tournament with a 6-0 upset over the regular-season champions.

David Fuller etched his name in the record book with a complete-game shutout, scattering 5 hits and 6 walks. He struck out 6 and induced 14 groundball outs.

Eagle River entered the game 0-5 against Kenai this season.

The Wolves led 1-0 after the first inning and 2-0 after the second, giving Fuller the early lead he needed to relax. He  shut down one of the most formidable lineups in the state.

Kyle Frost went 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs. He also made a nice sliding catch with two on in the eighth inning.

Eagle River tacked on two more runs in the sixth to make it 5-0.

That was plenty of support for Fuller, who improved to 3-1 this season.

Fuller has had big games before. Against South he carried a 2-1 lead after seven innings before settling for a no decision. He threw 6 shutout innings against Chugiak. And against Dimond he tossed 5 scoreless innings before allowing runs in the sixth.

The win was the second in two days for Eagle River, which had previously won only one game at the state tournament since 2008.

[2] South 15, [7] Service 10

Post 4 claimed victory in this slugfest thanks to a 7-run second inning and tons of bases runners.

South collected 10 hits, drew 12 walks, had two guys get hit and stole 7 bases en route to winning its tournament opener.

Bryan Baker and Conner Cucullu each reached base all 5 times, thanks largely to base on balls. Both hitters went 1 for 1 and drew four walks.

Andy Schafer went 3 for 4 and Scott Hodgson was 2 for 5.

South built an early 10-3 lead before Service Post 28 clawed back.

Service scored 5 runs in the fifth inning to draw closer, but South responded with another big inning in the seventh to put the game away.

Jake Ridley led Post 28 with a 4-for-5 performance. Aaron Miller and Zach Ferntheil each finished with 2 hits and 2 RBIs.

[6] Chugiak 7, [3] Wasilla 5

Cameron Fritz played a huge role in helping Post 33 remain undefeated in state tournament play.

He pitched the final 2 innings, striking out 3 and earning the save.

He rapped out 3 of his team's 6 hits for Chugiak, which enjoyed a 6-run fourth inning.

Bradley Cooper had two RBIs for Chugiak and teammates Chase Wilson, Conner Cimmiyotti, Justin Schneider and Morgan Spohn each drove in one.

Wilson started on the mounted and earn the win after going 6 innings.

Wasilla's Ian Stormont, Josh Grissom and James McJimsey each had 2 hits

The Road Warriors outhit Chugiak 10-6.

McJimsey added 2 RBIs.

Grissom was the hero of the pitching staff, tossing 5 innings of one-run relief.

[4] Dimond 5, [10] Bartlett 2

Sagan Osborne and Payton Lauwers combined on a 4-hitter to help Post 21 avoid elimination.

Osborne threw 7 innings, allowing 4 hits and 1 earned run. He struck out 7, but walked 6 and hit two others.

At the plate, the all-state player was 1 for 3 with 2 RBIs, a double and sac fly.

Mitchell McCoy went 2 for 2 and reached base all five times [two walks, hit by pitch]. He also stole 2 bases.

Jordan Clevenger added an RBI for Dimond, which improved to 24-9 and lived to play another day.

Bartlett's Darryle Wilson Jr. and Logan Williams collected base hits and RBIs.

Post 29 starter Drew Dickey went the distance. He gave up 7 hits and struck out 5.

Bartlett was eliminated from the tournament.