Chugiak 8, Service 0
After spending the preseason practicing indoors, the Chugiak Mustangs softball team made the most of their first time playing outdoors Monday.
The Mustangs clobbered Service 8-0 in a Cook Inlet Conference season-opening game at Albrecht Field, riding Katy Bakker's complete game and Katrina Grant's two-run double.
"There were a couple of wet spots here and there but nothing that was gonna hold us back," Chugiak coach Jim Huber said. "It's the first time we've been on a field so the girls were a little bit nervous but they worked through that and did really well."
The Mustangs scored runs in bunches, getting four in the first inning and three in the third. Grant and Elle Gray each went 2 for 3 at the plate, with Grant's blast to the fence coming with one out and two on in the first inning.
Bakker struck out four while scattering three hits and Kate Arthen added an RBI single for Chugiak.
Bartlett 6, E. River 1
Leadoff batter Tala Lauvale scored three times Monday in Bartlett's 6-1 CIC season-opening win over Eagle River.
Lauvale reached on an error, a walk and a single.
Bartlett rapped out five hits, all singles.
Starting pitcher Heather Breslin limited Eagle River to two hits in four innings, including Ally Cameron's third-inning single that produced Eagle River's only run.
East 16, Dimond 0
Sydney Smith opened her final season of high school softball with a no-hitter, sparking East's 16-0 CIC romp over Dimond on Monday.
Smith, who was undefeated as a junior, struck out seven and walked one to run her career record to 70-9.
She got plenty of run support from her hard-slugging teammates. Taria Page delivered a solo home run in the first inning and a three-run double in the third inning, and Sierra Rosenzweig went 3 for 4 with a triple.
Dimond pitcher Katie Hudson took a line drive to the face in the third inning, but she was a wearing a mask and avoided injury, East coach Paul Schoenborn said.
"For her to stay in there, she was pretty tough," he said.
West 4, South 3
Julia Merritt clubbed a one-out, bases-loaded single to lift West to a 4-3 come-from-behind victory over South on Monday.
The Eagles trailed 3-2 coming into the fifth and final inning of the game at Albrecht Field. Lauren Syrup tied it with a solo home run and West went on to load the bases, setting the scene for Merritt's walk-off single.
Syrup took the pitching victory, allowing two hits. South's three runs, all unearned, came in the third inning.
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