Chinooks Drop First Game Of Five Game Stretch Vs Mat-Su Miners, Back In Action Sunday At 4PM

Game Recap by Lee Jordan

It was pretty tonight at Hermon Brothers Field under partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the warm category. But that was the scenery and the weather. It was not so pretty for the visiting Chinooks. Of the 15 runs scored, only two were by the visitors from Chugiak-Eagle River.

While the Chinooks collected only seven hits in the ball game, they were a big hit again in this year’s Bear Paw Parade through downtown Eagle Riv- er Saturday morning. The route along Business Blvd. and Old Glenn Hwy. was crowded with spectators who cheered their hometown team as the play- ers walked the route, waving and exchanging smiles with their fans.

In the game, Asa Johnson did a yeoman’s job on the mound for six innings, throwing a total of 95 pitches, 58 of them strikes and 37 judged to be outside the strike zone. He was tagged for four runs on six hits, the defense giving up four of their six errors during his time on the mound. Tiring in the bottom of the sixth frame, the 6’2” Bonvaenture junior saw three Miners reach base after the first two batters were retired. Bearing down, he got the third out on the sixth man to come up in the inning, escaping a bases-loaded jam.

Scoring first for the Chinooks was Griffin Gum who singled in the fourth and was driven in by Stephen Ventimilia. Jake Murray, who was put in as a pinch runner for Daniel Arthur in the eighth, scored the other run on an RBI double by Ryan Shackleford. Three times the Chinooks reached third, only to die there.

The same two teams meet tomorrow at 4 p.m. on the same grounds, but the Chinooks are looking for a far different outcome.

After a day off on Monday, the Miners will come to Chugiak on Tuesday and Wednesday in games starting at 6 p.m.

A big week comes up after a weekend of Showcase games and a home run derby at Mulcahy Park in Anchorage. The Chinooks finish the season at home with Fan Appreciation night on Tuesday and Military Appreciation on Saturday. The Chugiak Volunteer Fire Department will display its equipment at the field on Thursday and Matanuska Telephone Association is bringing the Major League Baseball Network Strike Zone setup here on Friday. People are invited to show off their pitching skills and collect prizes.

A post-season tournament will be held the following week, with the tour- nament schedule to be finalized in the coming days. At least two of the games are expected to be played at Loretta French Park, home of the Chinooks.

Cover Photo by Al Clemens