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Story Last modified at 6:18 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Mustangs struggle to win, while Wolves lope victoriously

Alaska Star staff


Eagle River's left-handed pitcher Kyle Frost lets one fly during the Wolves' 13-3 crush against East Saturday in Anchorage.
Photo by Dan Shepard

The season has not gotten under way in quite the fashion Chugiak High coach Bill Lierman would have liked. The Mustangs lost 2-3 to Dimond on May 3, then followed that pattern three more times, with a tough 11-13 loss to West on May 5 and a 0-3 showing against Service on May 7.

The latest injury came Monday, when South sent the Mustangs home with yet another loss at 14-3.

"Our record shows we're off to a slow start, but we're getting better each and every game we play," Lierman said Monday, as he prepared for the team's game again South at Mulcahy Stadium. "We can take positives out of every game that we've played so far."

Lierman said the boys are gaining momentum, but it was a hard hit on May 5, when the team played strong enough to beat West.

"We fell apart in the middle of that game," he said. "We should have won."

Across town, the Eagle River Wolves have sampled victory, pulling off two strong wins, against Bartlett at their season opener May 3, and East on May 7. In Tuesday's matchup against West High, though, they fell 11-4, after seven innings of strong play by the Eagles.

The Wolves biggest competition thus far has proven to be Dimond, which slammed the team May 5 in a lopsided 13-1 victory.

The short high school baseball season continues this week, with games scheduled throughout the week. A lot of ball happens in a condensed season, Lierman said.

"The margin of error is very, very small in the high schools season," Lierman said. "It puts a little more pressure on the players. I tell my guys all the time, 'Look at the big picture, try to get better every day.' "

Baseball scores

May 3

Bartlett 1, Eagle River 7

Dimond 3, Chugiak 2

May 5

Dimond 13, Eagle River 1

West 13, Chugiak 11

May 7

East 3, Eagle River 13

Service 3, Chugiak 0

May 9

South 14, Chugiak 3

May 10

West 11, Eagle River 4

This article published in The Alaska Star on Wednesday, May 11, 2011.