Sugita tops ABL in batting, Arend tied for league lead in ERA

June 10, 2021

Terren Sugita

A couple of local boys are off to a sizzling start in the Alaska Baseball League.

Anchorage’s Terren Sugita currently leads the league in batting and Wasilla’s James Arend is tied for the league lead in ERA and sits second in strikeouts.

The ABL is a premier summer league comprised of top college players from around the country.

The league features at least 13 Alaskans among the six teams.

Sugita, of South High fame, is batting .500 on 5-of-10 hitting for the Anchorage Glacier Pilots.

The utility player has two RBIs and a .583 on-base percentage in three games.

James Arend

Sugita is coming off a strong season at Vermilion College, where he hit .365 with eight home runs in 32 games.

He was named to the Minnesota College Athletic Conference North All-Division Team.

Arend, of Wasilla High fame, is coming off a redshirt season at Corban University.

The right-handed pitcher threw five scoreless innings for the Mat-Su Miners and picked up his first ABL winning decision in a 2-1 win over the Peninsula Oilers.

Arend had struck out seven batters in eight innings and is yet to allow an earned run.