Eagle River, West both prevail, face off Tuesday for state berth

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | May 24, 2014

They split their two meetings during the regular season, so it makes sense that the Eagle River Wolves and West Eagles will battle in a rubber match with a trip to the state tournament on the line.

Both teams won key games Saturday on the final day of the Cook Inlet Conference season at Mulcahy Stadium, each improving to 7-3 and forcing a winner-take-all game Tuesday night at 6:30 at Mulcahy.

Eagle River got there by beating South 10-7, thanks to three runs in the seventh inning. 

 Nate Ragina drove in the winning run and knocked a three-run home run out of Mulcahy in the second inning. Cameron Fabacher also had a big day at the plate.

South fell just short of becoming only the third team since 1992 to run the table in the Cook Inlet Conference.

West beat Dimond 5-2 earlier in the day behind player-of-the-game Don McMorris.

The Eagles turned a triple play in the sixth inning, started by first baseman Sean Duffy.

West pitching star Dalton Chapman struck out four batters in the seventh inning and wiggled out of a bases loaded jam to earn the save. He has 64 Ks in five appearances this year.

South [9-1] has already secured the CIC’s No. 1 berth to the state tournament in two weeks in Sitka.

Eagle River and West will play for the other one Tuesday night.

Eagle River won the first meeting 24-8 on May 18 and West won the second meeting 11-0 two days ago.

Tuesday’s game will be broadcast live on AM-590 and FM-96.7 radio.

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