State Tournament Semifinals: Sitka 12, Chugiak 3

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jun 3, 2022

Dylan Marx doubled, tripled and drove in five runs to lead Sitka’s 9-hit attack as the Wolves came alive late to pull away from Chugiak 12-3 in the semifinals of the ASAA Division I state tournament at Mulcahy Stadium.

Marx finished 4-for-6 and scored three runs to help Sitka reach the state final for the first time since 2017. The Wolves ranks No. 2 in Alaska high school baseball history with five championships, one behiond archrival Juneau-Douglas.

Sitka (15-7) will play in tomorrow’s state final against the winner of the other semifinal between South and Colony.

Sitka trailed 3-1 going into the sixth inning before turning the game on its head, kickstarted by Marx’s three-run, bases-clearing triple to put the Wolves ahead for good. He scored on a balk to make it 5-3.

The Wolves weren’t done feasting on the Mustangs, chewing up three relief pitchers for seven runs in the seventh inning. Marx again came up big with a two-run double. At one point, five straight Sitka batters recorded RBI.

Sitka starter Grady Smith was sensational, throwing a 90-pitch complete game with five scoreless frames. He ended the game by retiring nine of the final 12 batters.

Marx didn’t just swing a smoking hot bat he also made the defensive play of the game in the sixth inning when he threw out a Chugiak baserunner from right field trying to go first to third base.

Chugiak led 3-1 after five innings.

Michael Boudreau went 2-for-3 and scored a run. Fischer Sims and Gabe Gruszynski each singled and scored.

Mustangs' starter Landon Luebke allowed one unearned run in the first 3.2 innings and worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the third inning.

The Mustangs turned two double plays, including an 8-3 twin killing after center fielder Andrew Gruszynski caught a flyout and doubled up the runner at first base, beating the runner trying to score from third base to negate a run.

Chugiak (14-8) will play in tomorrow's third-place game.