Chinooks Outhit Peninsula Oilers In Return Home, Still End Up On Short End Of Late Inning Slugfest

Game Recap by Lee Jordan

After 11 games in 11 days, a day off spent in community service apparently was not enough rest for the Chinooks and tired arms. They were unable to hold onto a lead built up in the first six innings tonight.

Hometown fans were heartened when their team’s bats came alive in the bottom of the fourth to match a Peninsula Oiler homer in the top of that inning. Collin Radack brought to their feet the fans filling the bleachers under sunny skies at Loretta French Park when he cracked one into the gap in right center. He came out of the box with his long legs stretched to the limit, striding into third with a triple that left everyone but himself breathless. There was little doubt why he was ranked third in his division.

Chinooks pitching was superb through five, the homer and a double being the visitors’ only hits in those frames. Gasps were heard through the home crowd, though, in the top of the fifth when the leadoff Kenai batter slammed one into right field and ended up on second, his speed almost rivaling that of Radack in the bottom of the previous frame. Someone, however, alertly called for an appeal. Pitcher James Scott tossed the ball to the first baseman, who stepped on the bag and held the ball up to show the umpire. The man in blue raised his right hand, signaling that he, too, had spotted the runner stepping over first without touching it. One out. Threat over.

Spirits raised, the Chinooks batted around in the bottom of the sixth, making the score 7-2. It appeared that the losing streak was ending.

The curtain came down, however, when the first four Oilers came to bat in the seventh, scoring on two hits, a walk and an error before an out was recorded. By the time it was over 10 men had come up to the plate and five runs had come across to tie the score.

It went downhill from there with a bunch of walks, a couple of hit batsmen, a bushel of errors and wild pitches surrounding only a pair of hits. By the time the slaughter was over, the game ended at a mournful 15-7.

Despite the lopsided loss, the aggressive hitting and baserunning shown by the Chinooks were very promising for the remainder of the season. Not only that, but the stomach flu appears to be winding down and the players are getting back in shape healthwise.

Tomorrow night the Chinooks travel to Palmer for a rematch with the Mat-Su Miners, have another day without a game, travel to Mulcahy on Thursday to take on the Glacier Pilots, have another off day, then go to Mulcahy to test the Bucs, then return on Sunday to end both the month and this year’s series with the Pilots.

The gut feeling is that fans should take heart because better things are coming in July.

Photo provided by Al Clemens