Story Last modified at 7:11 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Mixed bag at CIC softball tournament
Alaska Star staff
Chugiak shortstop Jessica Tramp tags a South baserunner during Chugiak's 11-4 win in the opening game of the CIC softball tournament at Albrecht Fields in Anchorage on May 23.
STAR PHOTO BY MATT TUNSETH
Chugiak steamrolled its way into the Cook Inlet Conference tournament semifinals while Eagle River saw a strong run of play end on the opening day of the tournament May 23 at Albrecht Fields.
The Mustangs had little trouble with opening-round opponent South, handing the Wolverines an 11-4 defeat. Ashley Van Ryn gave up seven hits in six innings to pick up the win. Chugiak played East on May 24 in the semifinals. Results of that game were unavailable as the Star went to press.
Van Ryn got some stellar defense behind her against South, especially in the infield. Third baseman Brooke Dunlap made several sharp plays on the hot corner, and second baseman Mollie Matthis had a diving catch and teamed up with shortstop Jessica Tramp and first baseman Jessi McMullen to turn an inning-ending double play.
"Our defense has been extremely solid the last five games," said Chugiak coach Jim Huber.
The win in the CIC opener followed a perfect Kenai Peninsula swing in which the Mustangs swept pairs of games from Soldotna and Homer. Huber said his team made just one error during its four games down south.
Kacey Brooker was the hitting star on the Kenai. In Chugiak's 13-6 win over Homer on May 21, Huber said the senior went 4-for-5 with an eye-popping eight RBI.
"She was really hitting the ball," Huber said. "They all were."
Eagle River's bats had been coming to life before they ran into East in the CIC tourney. The Wolves entered the state-qualifier coming off a pair of solid games in the Valley on May 21. That day, Eagle River ripped Wasilla 20-3 and fell just short in a tight 8-7 loss to Colony.
"It was a confidence booster to play a couple good, solid games," said coach Kevin Murphy.
Murphy said Jordan Taylor and Lucy Thomas hit the ball hard against Wasilla and Destinie Rainer got the win, striking out three in three innings of work.
Eagle River played South in a loser-out CIC game on May 24. Results were unavailable as of press time.
This article published in The Alaska Star on Wednesday, May 25, 2011.