Rau mows for Chugiak, Rafferty rakes for Service

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Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | May 12, 2023

Chugiak 7, West 2
After getting no-hit through the first four innings, the Mustangs broke out the bats in the fifth inning with a five-run frame that carried them to victory in the CIC league game at Mulcahy Stadium.

Andrew Gruszynski drove in two runs while Landon Luebke, Gabe Gruszynski, Hunter Rau and Jayden Steckel each had a single RBI. Fischer Sims walked twice and scored twice.

The Mustangs (7-5, 3-1 CIC) managed just four hits and led 1-0 through four innings only after scoring on a balk. But they made the most out of it and manufactured seven runs, thanks to five walks and seven stolen bases.

Chugiak's Preston Rau pitched a complete game. He allowed five hits and zero walks over seven innings while tossing five scoreless frames.

West tied the game 1-1 in the third inning on Cyrus Clendaniel's line drive to left field. Savion Bishop had the other RBI in the sixth inning for the Eagles (5-4, 1-3 CIC).

Clendaniel finished 2-for-3 as did Jack Boots, who also scored a run. Even Fitzgerald also singled and scored.

West starter Michael Tillman allowed just one hit over the first four innings before giving way to Caden Greenhalgh. They combined for a half dozen strikeouts.

Service 10, Bartlett 0
Just call him 'Wheels' because Jake Rafferty was motoring on the bases as the 6-foot-4, 235-pounder ripped two triples to highlight his team's CIC league win at Mulcahy Stadium.

Rafferty finished 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBIs for the Cougars (9-1, 3-1 CIC). His first triple drove in a run to make it 2-0 in the first inning. In the third, he tripled and scored to make it 4-0.

Owen Hickman went 2-for-3 with an RBI and Coen Niclai drove in a pair of runs to give him 13 RBIs in his last four games and a league-best 20 for the season. Braun Precosky went 1-for-1 with an RBI and run scored. Hunter Christian and Sebastian Fournier also drove in a run and scored.

Service starter Michael Sculley struck out six of the nine batters he faced in three hitless innings.

Bartlett's Carl Colavecchio and Owen Berry banged out base hits for the Golden Bears (1-10, 0-4 CIC).