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Eagle River, West to play for state baseball berth

The Cook Inlet Conference baseball season isn't over just yet.

West and Eagle River both won their final CIC playoff game Saturday, forcing a one-game playoff Tuesday at Mulcahy Stadium to determine which team will earn the conference's No. 2 seed for the June 5-7 state tournament in Sitka.

South secured the top spot with a 9-1 CIC record -- its only conference loss came Saturday against Eagle River, which won 10-7.

L.J. Felix went 2 for 3 with two RBIs for West, which defeated Dimond 5-2.

The Eagles turned an impressive -- and rare -- triple play in the top of the sixth inning. With runners on first and second, first baseman Sean Duffy caught a line drive and turned a 3-6 triple play.

"It definitely got our energy up," Eagles' coach Tim Davis said.

West and Eagle River both finished the season 7-3 in conference play. They split in two meetings this season, forcing the extra playoff game.

Eagle River rallied from a 7-0 deficit to roll past West 24-8 in their first meeting before the Eagles shut the Wolves down 11-0 on Thursday. Starter Dalton Chapman pitched a complete-game, one-hitter and struck out 19 to open the CIC round-robin playoffs against the Wolves in their postseason debut.

CIC playoff game

Mulcahy Stadium

Tuesday

6:30 p.m. -- Eagle River vs. West


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