In Celebration of Chugiak-Eagle River Baseball, Chinook Bats Come To Life For 9-0 Victory

Game Recap by Lee Jordan

Tonight’s scrimmage in which the Chinooks hosted the American Legion high school All-Stars from Chugiak and Eagle River ended as a 9-0 shutout.

Nine to nothing is the score entered in the books when there is a forfeit. To- night’s game was no such thing, but a big positive for both teams.

The young Legion pitcher went six innings out of the regulation seven. He hit one and walked but one or two. Behind him, both the infield and outfield made some good plays. When the ‘Nooks scored their first three batters in the top of the first, the visitors settled down to business and got the next three on two fly-outs and a second-to-first ground out.

As a matter of fact, the only red star in this writer’s scorebook came in the bottom of the third when Chinooks second baseman Griffin Roark drove one to the warning track in right-center. The Legion centerfielder, Ricky Ayala, raced to his left and dove to the ground, squeezing the slicing ball into his outstretched glove.

On their side, the Chinooks scored three in the first, four in the second, one in the fourth and another in the sixth. Getting some needed at-bats were Nick Covello, Ryan Shackleford, Collin Radack, Daniel Arthur, Tyler Krahn, Rich Har- bison, Griffin Gum and Griffin Roark.

On the mound for the fish was Hunter Totemeier–like some of the Legion players, a recent high school graduate himself.

Stats and a play-by-play are not here because those were of secondary im- portance in this game. What was important was giving the high school players a glimpse at what they can expect when they get to the next level. Several of the Chi- nooks they faced are college juniors, at least three years beyond the experience of the All-Stars.

Let’s just say it was a good night for baseball, one in which a big turnout of fans came to watch. They saw a good game and had plenty to cheer about on both sides of the field.

Sponsor of tonight’s game was Bella Vista Restaurante and Pizzeria. The Peters Creek eatery has served fine Italian food since 1977. Owner Bobby Alefanti- nos was busy cooking for the Saturday night dinner crowd and unable to throw out the first pitch. Designated first-pitch substitute Ty Beck stood in, tossing a 12-6 strike to his dad Chris at the plate.

At the beginning of the seventh and final frame, the long-awaited drawing for an ounce of gold was decided when Chinooks supporter and non-ticket-holder Heide Kroeker pulled the name of Nancy McGee of Palmer from the container. No- tified immediately, McGee was both surprised and thrilled to learn she will receive the large nugget and a vial of coarse gold.

On Father’s Day, tomorrow, the Chinooks seek revenge at Mulcahy Stadium in a game that starts at 5 p.m. Take Dad out to the old ball game on his day.