CIC Tournament: Chugiak, Eagle River reach Final Four

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | May 25, 2021

Chugiak 3, Service 1
Camden Costanios and Preston Rau combined to beat the Cougars for the second time in 14 days, this time pitching a 3-hitter in a second-round elimination game in the CIC Tournament at Mulcahy Stadium.

Jayden Steckel registered his team's only hit with an RBI double in the fourth inning to give 4th-seeded Chugiak a 2-1. Steckel would later score on a wild pitch to make it 3-1.

With the win, the Mustangs (7-5) advanced to the CIC semifinals against No. 1 South on Wednesday at 6:45 p.m. at the Stadium.

Costanios fell behind early but then stepped up and retired 10 straight over the third, fourth, fifth and sixth innings. He finished with nine strikeouts to give him a league-leading 34 Ks on the season while lowering his ERA to 2.58 over his last 21.2 innings.

Rau worked around an error and a walk to strike out the side and earn his second save of CIC play.

No. 5 Service (5-9) took a 1-0 in the first inning on Jake Rafferty's two-out RBI single and had its ace on the hill in Hutton Stiles, who pitched a solid in allowing just two earned runs over four innings of work.

But the Cougars couldn't get the big hit down the stretch, getting two runners on base in second, third, sixth and seventh innings and not scoring a single run.

Andrew Hickman pitched two scoreless frames, getting a double play to end the fifth inning when a runner was called for leaving too early on a sac fly.

Service slugger Coen Niclai stayed hot. He went 2-for-3 with a double, run and walk. He also threw out his league-best 10th base runner trying to steal second base. He finished the season with a .519 batting average on 14-of-27 hitting.

Eagle River 15, West 0
Cam Witte, Stefan Retzlaff and Noah Lower did much of the heavy lifting for the 3rd-seeded Wolves, who banged out 14 hits and cruised to a five-inning win in the elimination game in the second round of the CIC Tournament At Mulcahy Stadium.

Witte was 3-for-4 with an RBI, Retzlaff was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and Noah Lower went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs against the No. 7 Eagles.

Witte hits leadoff, Retzlaff hits second and Lower third in the batting order. In the bottom of the first inning, Witte doubled and scored on a single by Retzlaff, who scored on a sac fly by Lower and just like that it was 2-0.

With the win, Eagle River (9-3) moved into the tournament semifinals and will face No. 2 Dimond on Tuesday at 4:15 p.m. at the Stadium.

Jack Malloy had a base hit, drove in two runs, scored two runs and pitched two innings.

Malloy and starter Garren Henning did not give up a hit in five innings of work.

West, which won a 12-inning thriller over Bartlett in the first round, had a few shining moments.

Starting pitcher Athena Clendaniel twice got out of bases-loaded jams in the first and third inning. The Eagles (2-11) also drew five walks and had one batter hit by pitch in their final game of the season.