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Story Last modified at 6:27 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Girls enter the home stretch
Wolves, Stangs wrap up CIC schedule

BY MATT TUNSETH
Alaska Star

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A Soldotna player slides into home as Eagle River pitcher Carrie Oyebi waits for the ball during SoHi's 17-2 win over the Wolves on May 14 at Albrecht Fields.
STAR PHOTO by Matt Tunseth

With the final Cook Inlet Conference games of the high school season set for today, both Chugiak and Eagle River have a pretty good idea where they'll be seeded for the upcoming conference tournament.

The Mustangs enter their CIC finale against Dimond with a 10-3 conference record, good enough for a second-place tie with East. They can slip no lower than third with a loss. Either way, they'll face one of the conference's weaker teams in the CIC tournament, which begins May 26.

"I don't think it'll make a major difference," said coach Jim Huber.

Chugiak has feasted on the bottom of the CIC this season, going 6-0 against Bartlett, Eagle River and South. And the Mustangs have been hot lately, racking up a 3-1 record over the past week.

Following their Dimond game, Chugiak hits the road for a series of non conference games on the Kenai Peninsula, and Huber said he's excited to have a short break from CIC play before the tournament.

"I think we're all really looking forward to the road trip," he said. "It's a good way to bond a little bit."

Eagle River's squad enters its final CIC game tonight against East with a 3-10 CIC record and will likely finish in seventh place. But for a team that didn't win a single game last season, that's a definite step in the right direction, said coach Kevin Murphy.

"Every game we're improving," Murphy said.

The Wolves went 0-3 over the past week, but even in defeat Murphy saw signs of progress. Against Chugiak on May 13, Eagle River led 7-6 after the top of the third inning before the Mustangs exploded.

"Their bats just came alive," Murphy said.

Chugiak scored eight runs in the bottom half of the third – all with two outs – to put the game away.

"We just took the wind out of their sails," Huber said.

Eagle River is also getting ready for a brief non conference break, although Murphy said he's not expecting a cakewalk when the Wolves travel to the Mat-Su for games against Colony and Wasilla.

"There's not going to be any easy games for us," he said.

Chugiak 12, Eagle River 0

Jessica Tramp and Ashley Van Ryn combined for a four-hitter and Kacey Brooker, Mollie Matthis and Kenzie Matthis each went 2-3 to lead Chugiak to a 12-0 win over Service on May 9.

Chugiak 16, Eagle River 7

Eagle River jumped out to a 4-0 lead to start the game, but Chugiak's eight-run third was too much to overcome on Senior Night at the Knik Fields on May 13. Van Ryn gave up five hits to pick up the win, and Brooker went 4-for-4 at the plate.

Chugiak 14, South 0

Tramp and Van Ryn combined to strike out eight South hitters as Chugiak easily took care of South 14-0 on May 14 at Albrecht Fields. Brooker and Jessi McMullen each went 3-for-3.

West 6, Chugiak 3

West pitcher Pauline Tufi gave up just five Chugiak hits as first-place West handed Chugiak its third CIC defeat with a 6-3 win on May 14. West scored five runs in the third inning off Tramp, who took the loss.

Soldotna 17, Eagle River 2

Pitcher Carrie Oyebi went 2-for-3 at the plate and catcher Sarah Peyton had an RBI double, but it wasn't enough against non conference Soldotna on May 14 at Albrecht Fields.

Service 10, Eagle River 2

Molly Bond went 2-for-2 and Lexi Curtis added a hit as Eagle River fell 10-2 in a CIC game at Albrecht Fields. Destinie Rainer took the loss.

Contact Matt Tunseth at matt.tunseth@alaskastar.com or 694-2727, Ext. 215.

PREP SOFTBALL SCORES

May 9

Chugiak 12, Service 0

May 13

Chugiak 16, Eagle River 7

May 14

Chugiak 14, South 0

West 6, Chugiak 3

Soldotna 17, Eagle River 2

Service 10, Eagle River 2



This article published in The Alaska Star on Wednesday, May 18, 2011.