Saturday in the CIC: South, Bartlett, Service post wins

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | May 8, 2021

South 8, Eagle River 7

Senior Andrew Buckendorf scored the winning run with one out in the eighth inning as the Wolverines won the Cook Inlet Conference league game at Mulcahy Stadium in the CIC's first extra-inning game of the season.

Buckendorf walked and scored after Lucas Wilkins' single to center was misplayed by the fielder, allowing Buckendorf to race home with the winning run. Buckendorf was going first to third on the base hit before the defensive hiccup opened the door to come home.

South's top of the order guys Kellen Curtis and Oliver Brown combined to go 5-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs for South (8-0, 3-0 CIC).

Curtis tied the game 7-7 in the seventh inning with a sacrifice fly that was set up by senior Thomas Pease, who singled and went to second base on a throwing error before being replaced by pinch-runner Grayson Shaw, who wound up scoring the tying run.

Eagle River had its chances. Many of them. The Wolves led 5-0 early and 7-6 late.

Junior Garren Henning had himself a day, going 3-for-3 with three RBIs and scoring a run to make it 6-3 in the fifth inning on Charlie Wallace's RBI single.

The Wolves turned two double plays in the first four innings, with second baseman Stefan Retzlaff right in the middle of both plays.

Eagle River (5-2, 2-1 CIC) was seeking its first win over South since 2014.

Service 12, West 1

Senior Hunter Stiles and freshman Coen Niclai each went 2-for-3 with an extra-base hit and three RBIs in the Cougars' Cook Inlet Conference league win at Mulcahy Stadium.

Service finished with a season-high 12 hits, including doubles by Owen Hickman and Niclai, and a triple by Stiles for the Cougars (2-5, 1-2 CIC).

Freshman Hunter Christian scored two runs, drove in a run, pitched two scoreless innings and ended the game with a nice backhand grab to start a 4-6 double play.

On Senior Day, all three seniors (Stiles, Nick Coats, Simon Kouloo) delivered base hits.

West freshman Orion Haliburton scored his team's lone run while freshman Liam Gunn, sophomore Michael Tillman and senior Ben Durhsen. Tillman came on in relief and threw 2.2 scoreless frames for the Eagles (1-6, 1-2 CIC).

Bartlett 12, Chugiak 4

Seniors Conner Sessoms and Breyer Greene had two RBIs apiece and junior starting pitcher John Grantier pitched five solid innings in the Golden Bears' Cook Inlet Conference league win at Mulcahy Stadium.

This was Bartlett's first win over Chugiak since 2009.

Sessoms ripped a two-run double to give the Golden Bears an 8-4 lead in the fifth inning.

Senior Blake Bacho reached base all five times and scored four runs. Sophomore Carl Colavecchio had an RBI triple and scored twice. He also pitched two scoreless innings for Bartlett (3-4, 1-2 CIC).

Grantier struck out four batters and made a nice play in the fourth inning when he fielded a scribber with his bare hand and fired to first for the out, leaving a runner in scoring position.

Chugiak senior Austin Bull singled, tripled and added an inside-the-park home run. He also had three RBIs.

He roped a liner into the right centerfield gap that bounced all the way to the wall. The relay home was wide. Bull's two-out, run-scoring triple pulled Chugiak (2-4, 0-3 CIC) within 6-4.

On a tough defensive night for the Mustangs, freshman second baseman Preston Rau made a outstanding outsretched grab to rob Nick Brandal of a base hit, and saving a run in the process.