Eagle River stays hot, earns first playoff berth; South is No. 1
Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | May 17, 2014
The hottest hitting team in the Cook Inlet Conference stayed hot at the plate and now the Eagle River Wolves are going to the league playoffs for the first time.
Eagle River beat Service 11-1 tonight at Mulcahy Stadium for its fourth straight win, moving the Wolves to 5-2 and catapulting them all the way to second place in the standings.
Eagle River has averaged 15.8 runs over its current four-game winning streak.
Eagle River and West both have 5-2 records, but the Wolves won 24-8 in their only meeting this year. Head-to-head is the first tiebreaker.
The defending state champion South Wolverines locked up the No. 1 seed in the Cook Inlet Conference playoffs after beating West 10-0. It was the third time South won by that score this year.
The Wolverines are 7-0 and in the driver’s seat for a state berth.
West earned the No. 3 seed.
Dimond [4-3] dropped to the No. 4 seed after losing 3-2 to Bartlett in the morning game.
The top four teams [South, Eagle River, West, Dimond] will play each other Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Mulcahy Stadium.
The two teams with the best record after pool play will advance to the state tournament in Sitka the first weekend in June.
The bottom four teams [Service, Chugiak, East, Bartlett] have been eliminated from postseason play but will face off Monday, Tuesday and Saturday to finish the season.
Here are the final seeds: 1] South; 2] Eagle River; 3] West; 4] Dimond; 5] Service; 6] Chugiak; 7] East; 8] Bartlett.
All games at Mulcahy
Thursday, May 22
4:30 PM Dimond vs. South
7 PM West vs. Eagle River
Friday, May 23
4:30 PM West vs. South
7 PM Dimond vs. Eagle River
Saturday, May 24
**1 PM Dimond vs. West
**4 PM Eagle River vs. South
**radio games [AM-590]
This story was written by Van Williams, a freelance writer in Anchorage and the ALB Media Director.