Eagle River wins Legion A state championship

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Posted by Nate Sagan | Aug 7, 2022

Tommy Molloy pitched six strong innings and helped Eagle River stretch its lead late with three RBIs to catapult the Wolves to an 8-1 victory over Chugiak Post 33 in the championship game of the Alaska Airlines Legion A State Tournament on Sunday at Bartlett High School.

Second baseman Cody Patraglia also picked up three RBIs and two of his team’s 10 hits – all singles – as the Wolves matched their AA counterparts for a sweep of Alaska’s 2022 American Legion state titles.

Bodi Anderson’s RBI groundout put Eagle River ahead 1-0 in the top of the second inning, and the Wolves took control with a three-run third frame. After Jack Mullen was hit by a pitch, Kam Kurtz and Ty Griffin followed with line-drive singles to push Mullen home, and Patraglia made it 4-0 with a line-drive single to right-center.

Staked to a comfortable advantage, Molloy did the rest with his right arm. After giving up a long double to Kyle McEwen on his first pitch of the day, the lanky starter settled down and faced the minimum 12 Mustangs through the fourth inning, getting help from catcher Jack Mullen when he threw out Samson Young attempting to steal in the second.

A two-run single by Molloy increased the lead to 6-0 in the top of the sixth, and he raced around to score from second base moments later on Petaglia’s infield-single smash off the hip of reliever RJ Remy.

Chugiak plated its lone run in the sixth when Weston Gracey raced home from second base on another ball that never left the infield. The Mustangs would then load the bases with none out, but Molloy escaped with two ground-ball forces at the plate, and an inning-ending strikeout of Remy.

Chugiak finished with four hits, including doubles by McEwen and Ethan Atkinson.

Molloy posted four strikeouts and was one of four Wolves to reach base three times, along with Anderson, Mullen and Griffin.

This was Eagle River's fourth straight appearance in the title game, winning in 2019, 2020 and this year.