State Tournament Quarterfinals: Chugiak 7, Wasilla 5

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jun 2, 2022

Jayden Steckel drove in two runs and pitched a three-out save to help Chugiak defeat Wasilla 7-5 on Day 1 of the ASAA Division I state tournament at Mulcahy Stadium.

The game featured six lead changes, with the Mustangs plating two runs in the top of the seventh to pull ahead for good.

Chugiak Tyler Cage and Fischer Sims set the table for the seventh-inning rally and Gabe Gruszynski and Seth Strange knocked in the go-ahead and insurance runs.

Strange, the nine-hole hitter, reached base three times, scored two runs and had an RBI for the Mustangs (14-7).

Starting pitcher Preston Rau racked up the win with six strong innings, scattering eight hits.

His battery mate Hunter, who doubles as his younger brother, threw out two baserunners behind the plate and the Mustangs turned a 6-3-5 double play.

Wasilla (15-7) got two RBIs apiece from Pedro Camacho and Alex Bond. Camacho had run-scoring base knocks in the first and third innings. Bond's two-run single tied the game at 5 in the sixth inning.

Steckel ended the game after getting back-to-back outs with the tying run on first base.