The Mustangs had other plans.
The large-school power from the Cook Inlet Conference kept Kodiak quiet in a doubleheader sweep of the Bears Saturday at East Addition Park.
Chugiak rolled out its A squad in the first game and cruised to an 11-2 win in five innings.
The second game was much closer, as the Mustangs outlasted the Bears 10-9 in six.
Kodiak (3-4) scored 36 runs last week in victories over Houston and Palmer, and coach Sam Catt hoped to build off that this weekend.
It didn’t happen, as the Bears produced only 12 runs on 12 hits against a solid Mustang pitching staff.
“The way we played last weekend and the way we looked today were two totally different teams,” Catt said after the first game. “I don’t know if they are not awake or if they were nervous because it is Chugiak.”
Chugiak has won two state titles and has played in every state tournament since the tournament was created in 1996.
Catt was billing the games as a tune-up for key Northern Lights Conference games against Homer and Skyview on Thursday and Friday.
“If we went out with confidence and played hard, what you learn is the experience of playing against a better team, a higher skill set team,” Catt said. “When we go out and play scared, or nervous, then we don’t get that much out of it.”
Junior Leila Pyle did not play scared. She accounted for four of Kodiak’s 12 hits and had two RBI.
“She has been hitting good all year,” Catt said. “She has been whacking the ball, which is really nice.
Mustangs 11, Bears 2
Chugiak scored in each of the first four innings as it built an 11-0 lead behind the pitching of Jessica Tramp.
Tramp struck out three, allowed no hits and faced only 11 batters in her three innings of work.
Kodiak fared better against reliever Katy Bakker.
The Bears finished the last two innings with two runs and four hits.
Kodiak scored on a Dannika Catt single in the fourth and a Pyle triple in the fifth before time expired.
“They settled down a little bit and that is when they started playing well,” Catt said. “If they would have done that from the start, I think things might have been a little different. Chugiak is a good team.”
Mustangs 10, Bears 9
Chugiak mixed up its lineup in the second game and Kodiak took advantage by taking a 9-8 lead after the third inning.
The Mustangs took the lead with two runs in the fifth and held the Bears scoreless in the sixth to earn the sweep.
Lampl and Pyle had two hits, while Catt and Megan Jester added RBI singles.
MUSTANGS 11, BEARS 2
Chugiak 143 30 — 11 7 1
Kodiak 000 11 — 2 4 4
Tramp, K. Bakker and T. Bakker. Yatsik and Pyle.
RBI: Chugiak — T. Bakker 2, Brooker, Tramp, Metcalf, McMullen, Grant. Kodiak — Pyle, Catt. Two hits: Chugiak — Metcalf. Kodiak — Pyle. Triples: Kodiak – Pyle. Double: Chugiak — Metcalf.
Winning pitcher — Tramp (three strikeouts, no walks). Losing pitcher — Yatsik (three strikeouts, eight walks).
MUSTANGS 10, BEARS 9
Kodiak 432 000 — 9 8 5
Chugiak 521 02x — 10 12 0
Yatsik and Pyle. Metcalf and Haken.
RBI: Kodiak — Pyle, Lampl 2, Catt, Pedersen, Jester. Two hits: Kodiak — Lampl, Pyle. Chugiak — T. Bakker, Brooker, Mathis, Grant. Triples — Chugiak — Mathis. Doubles: Kodiak — Pyle. Chugiak — Brooker.
Winning pitcher — Metcalf (five strikeouts, three walks). Losing pitcher — Yatsik (one strikeout, one walk).