CIC Tournament: West rallies in extras, Service wins big

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | May 24, 2021

West 9, Bartlett 2 (12 innings)

The 7th-seeded Eagles scored seven runs in the top of the 12th inning to beat the No. 6 Golden Bears and win the first game in the inaugural CIC Tournament at Mulcahy Stadium.

The game was tied from the fifth inning through the 11th inning as both teams brought the playoff atmosphere. The big-moment stakes of the elimination game brought out the best in both teams as West and Bartlett looked their best they have all season.

West pulled away in the 12th inning after star reliever Blake Bacho left. Bacho pitched 7.1 innings of sparkling relief with 13 strikeouts. At one stretch he retired 15 of 16 batters.

West starter Michael Tillman struck out 11 batters over seven innings of work. He twice worked out of bases-loaded jams in the third and fifth innings. Liam Gunn picked up the winning decision with five inning of shutout relief.

With the win, the Eagles (2-11) advanced to Tuesday's second round to face No. 3 Eagle River (8-3).

West's Michael Halpern had four RBIs, Cyrus Clendaniel went 3-for-6 with an RBI and two runs.

Bartlett's John Grantier pitched 3.1 scoreless innings and made several nifty plays at shortstop. Carl Colavecchio went 2-for-5 with a triple and run scored. Bacho, in addition to his brilliant pitching, went 2-for-5 with a run scored.

Bartlett finished the season with a 5-8 record, the team's most wins since 2015.

Service 15, East 5

Coen Niclai went 3-for-4 with five RBIs, including a two-run single that ended the game after six innings, as the 5th-seeded Cougars scored early and often en route to winning the elimination game in the first round of the CIC Tournament at Mulcahy Stadium.

Owen Hickman had three RBIs, Hunter Christian scored four runs and the bottom of the lineup (Andrew Hickman, Simon Kouloo, Nick Coates) combined to go 5-for-10 and score seven runs.

Service (5-8) advanced to play in the second round of the CIC Tournament on Tuesday against No. 4 Chugiak (6-5).

Coen had a two-run single in the second inning, an RBI single in the fourth inning and a two-run single in the sixth inning. The catcher also threw out his ninth base runner.

With his five RBIs, Coen leapfrogged Eagle River's Gavin Henning for the league lead with 13 RBIs. Henning is second with 11.

East (2-11) came to play right out of the gate and pulled within 3-2 and 5-4 before things got out of hand.

Six different T-birds got base hits, led by Alan Contreas, who went 2-for-3 to give him a team-leading .471 batting average on the CIC season.

Bryce Erickson went 2-for-2 with a triple, two runs and an RBI. He also pitched two innings. Ashton Volkman and Andrew Malone also had RBIs for East.