Jeffreys Solid Start, Offensive Explosion Power Fish To Second Victory At Mulcahy Park 17-2

Game Recap by Lee Jordan

Redoubling the determination shown in Tuesday’s heartbreaking bottom-of-the- ninth loss to the Mat-Su Miners, the Chinooks sent a message to the rest of the Alaska Baseball League tonight.

Their message: “You’ve had your head start. Now we’re on our way, so watch out!”

Ignited by Griffin Gum’s two-run homer that skimmed the left field foul pole, the entire Chugiak-Eagle River team’s bats came alive. All nine in the lineup scored, with Collin Radack and Daniel Arthur each collecting three while Griffin Roark, Tyler Krahn, Ryan Shackelford and Jake Murray each had a pair. Drew Tur- bin and Daniel Salters had one each.

Add them up: It comes to 17 on the visitor side of the scoreboard.

While nine players wielded the lumber, the one player not included in that list turned in a performance that equaled their combined heroics.

Starting pitcher Mike Jeffreys neared perfection for the first eight innings and made a bid for a complete game victory in going eight and two-thirds innings. One of four players returning from last year’s inaugural Chinooks season, Jeffreys as a freshman at Geneva College led the ABL in strikeouts with 49 K’s. He picked up eight tonight while giving up but three hits and walking only one through eight.

The right-hander wanted to go all the way but after three hits, one of them a blooper into right, and a walk he was lifted by GM Chris Beck with two out in the bottom of the ninth. Lance Phillips came in to face the seventh batter of the frame and promptly retired him.

The visitor side of the scorebook resembled a checkerboard with multiple filled- in diamonds in all but four of the nine columns.

Head Coach Jon Groth shuffled the batting order for tonight’s game to create a formula that worked well. Leading off was Roark at shortstop, followed by Turbin at third, Radack in center, Krahn at first base and hitting cleanup, Shackelford at second, Salters behind the plate, Arthur inserted as designated hitter, Gum in right field and number-nine batter Jake Murray who was in left.

Those defensive positions earned mention because each proved to be valuable in helping Jeffreys gain the impressive victory.

The win was long overdue—only the second since June 16 when these same Pilots were downed in a 14-inning marathon that saw the Chinooks go ahead in the top of the 14th and then hold the Pilots at bay in the bottom half.

Tonight’s game with the team named after real-life Glacier Pilot Bob Reeve was the sixth in a seven-game series—all played in June. The seventh game comes up Sunday at Loretta French Park. First pitch in the game sponsored by The Alaska Club is at 5 p.m.

Photo Credit, Al Clemens