Chinooks Return Home For Rare Three Game Stand, Drop Opener To Miners 10-5

Game Recap by Lee Jordan

Taking a cue from the Peninsula Oilers in the previous four games, the Chinooks tried a bottom-of-the-ninth rally tonight, only to see it fall short. The game ended 8-5, the Mat-Su Miners on top.

A harbinger of things to come was seen just as the home team was be- ing introduced when the PA system went silent. No national anthem, no introduction of players, no chants of “that foul ball was sponsored by…” The latter deficiency was negated, however, when the fans took it upon them- selves to insert in proper order the names of the Edward Jones Financial Advisors who put iup the money to buy the season’s supply of horsehide- covered spheres.

The game started with a Mat-Su run when third baseman Spencer Ma- honey doubled then scored on a single by the number three batter after the second batter was thrown out at first by Drew Turbin. The tallier of the first tally was promptly thrown out by Chinooks catcher Daniel Salters as he attempted to steal second off starting pitcher Max Bruckner.

Usually coming in from the bullpen, Bruckner was called upon to start due to the high number of games over a short period of time. The visiting team had the same problem, calling on reliever Tyler Martin to begin the game.

The home crowd found something about which to cheer in the bottom of the third when the Chinooks’ leading hittrs Drew Turbin and Collin Radack made it safely and scored. The Miners tied it in the top of the fourth and saw the home team take the lead in the bottom half.

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Although the rain that had bedeviled the players in Kenai held off, the

spirits of the Chugiak-Eagle River faithful were dampened in the sixth when the visitors once more tied the score, then regained the lead in the sixth. Three walks and as many singles in the top of the ninth, though, spread icing on the cake for the visitors.

Hope sprang in the bottom of the frame when the Palmer team sent in a sidearm slinger who himself found trouble finding the plate. Jake Murray walked, Griffin Gum grounded out to second and Griffin Roark reached. Both fish came in to score. Helped by a couple of calls from the men in blue who the home fans felt had less clear views of the action than did those in the bleachers, the Miners shut down the rally three runs short of extra in- nings.

A note of interest is that Hunter Totemeier, the 6’4” right-handed pitch- er who joined the team right after graduating from high school, turned out to be an electronic magician who climbed to the roof of the press box where he found a blown fuse in one of the loudspeakers. Finding a replacement and using a screwdriver provided by a newly arrived Ft. Richardson service member watching the game, he was able to get the sound back, but only temporarily. Coming to bat in the sound remedy arena earlier had been Booster Club member Al Clemens who made a quick trip home to bring back his own portable sound system which regrettably lacked sufficient volume to get Dave Stroh’s witticisms very far out of the box.

Tomorrow’s game is at 5 p.m. It is a special event sponsored by Rep. Bill Stoltze which will honor the many decades of service to the community by long-time Birchwood residents Cliff and Dorothy Gilmore.

The Monday night game, sponsored by Jitters, will mark the longest home stand for the Chinooks in the season—three straight games. Fans are looking forward to a filled calendar at Loretta French Park later this month.

As of tonight, the Chinooks have suffered 17 losses while winning only a trio of league game. Overall, they are 6 and 17. Most of the games have been much closer than the standings would reflect. But, as pundits are often heard to say, “Close only counts in horseshoes…or slow dancing.”

The other five teams are fairly tightly packed and their positions for the season are a long way from being decided. In first place tonight are the Fair- banks Goldpanners at 10-5—six games shy, though, of the number of games played by the Mners and the Anchoerage Glacier Pilots who each have 21 games under their belts. The Anchorage Bucs are 12-8 the Peninsula Oilers 10-7, the Miners 12-9, and the Pilots 10-11. Only the Pilots and the Chinooks are under .500.

Photo by Al Clemens