State berths at stake when CIC baseball playoffs begin Thursday

The brief high school baseball season begins its sprint to the finish line with this week's Cook Inlet Conference tournament at Mulcahy Stadium.

New this year: an appearance by Eagle River, which will make its playoff debut Thursday against West. The Wolves secured the final playoff berth Saturday night by walloping Service 11-1 in the regular-season finale.

Eagle River (5-2) and West (5-2) play at 7 p.m. Thursday. Eagle River is the higher seed, based on its 24-8 romp over West in the team's only previous meeting this season.

At 4:30 p.m. Thursday, top-seeded South (7-0) will meet fourth-seeded Dimond (4-3).

The tournament comes after a lightning-quick conference season in which each team played each other once, for a total of seven league games. South comes into the tournament with the most game experience, having played an addition four non-conference games to go 10-1. The other three teams each played one non-conference game.

The playoffs will use a round-robin format. The top two teams will advance to the state tournament June 5-7 in Sitka.

The final playoff berth was on the line Saturday when Eagle River met Service, but the Wolves eliminated the drama early with a five-run outburst in the second inning.

Guido Gerali earned the pitching win, Lauren Frost drove in two runs and Michael Rosenberg and Trent Talley each had a pair of hits for the Wolves.

Cook Inlet Conference championships

All games at Mulcahy Stadium


4:30 p.m. -- Dimond (4-3) vs. South (7-0)

7 p.m. -- West (5-2) vs. Eagle River (5-2)


4:30 p.m. -- West vs. South

7 p.m. -- Dimond vs. Eagle River


1 p.m. -- Dimond vs. West

4 p.m. -- Eagle River vs. South

Consolation games


4:30 p.m. -- Service vs. Bartlett, Mulcahy

4:30 -- East vs. Chugiak, Bartlett


4:30 p.m. -- East vs. Service, Mulcahy

4:30 p.m. -- Bartlett vs. Chugiak, Bartlett.

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