Fish Try To Right The Ship In “Midnight Sun” Doubleheader vs Bucs at Mulcahy Field Tonight At 6PM

Game Recap by Lee Jordan

Despite the fact that the Chinooks had not scored a run in 36 innings, fans in the bottom of the ninth tonight were just as enthusiastic as they were at the end of the 14-inning marathon last Sunday. The Sunday game was a winner, the next four were not. Tonight the Glacier Pilots won by a score of 5-0. There was a reversal in the script, however, when the players in the red jerseys kept the visitors from scor-ing in the first four innings, unlike in the three preceding games when the last four were clean.

The Anchorage team scored twice in the fifth and twice in the sixth. They added one in the seventh for good measure.

Chugiak-Eagle River hopes were raised in the bottom of the sixth when with one out, Griffin Gum slapped a 3-2 pitch into right field. Drew Turbin singled and moved Gum to third. Turbin promptly stole second.

There are 13 ways to score a runner on third with less than two out. There are only a handful of ways to keep him from scoring.

One of the rarest of those few ways occurred to dash the hopes of our hapless heroes. Chance Gusbeth hit a hard grounder toward the hole on the right side of the infield. The ball turned out to have been hit too hard–too hard for Turbin to dodge. The interference call made the ball dead, preventing Gum from advancing. The next batter was thrown out to complete the disaster.

Regardless of the fact that the Chinooks have dropped to one and six in league play, there were some good defensive plays to give reason for cheers. The first red star came in the top of the fifth when the number nine Pilot hitter drove the ball deep to right, then stood on first. The next batter also went deep to the right side, causing the preceding runner to set his sights on third. That threat was shut down when right-fielder Ryan Shackelford fired the ball from the warning track to second baseman Griffin Roark who spun and fired a strike to Turbin at third. Turbin slapped his glove onto the sliding runner and was rewarded with an out.

Turbin figured in another defensive gem when he raced behind the mound to snap up a grounder headed for the hole, throwing to first in time to nail the runner speeding down the line.

A change in the weather was seen tonight. Rather than the 80s of the past sev- eral days a strong breeze blowing toward center field made things chilly for the Alaskans in the stands.

Tomorrow night at 6 the Chinooks travel to Mulcahy for a game against the Bucs and on Saturday visit Palmer for a 7 p.m. game at the Miners’ home field.

Illnesses and injuries have caused the Chinook lineup to be shuffled for all of this week’s games. Four have been ailing, the shifting positions disrupting the infield comfort zone.

Cover Photo provided by Al Clemens