Chugiak-Eagle River Falls In Walk-Off Fashion To End Classic Independence Day Contest

Recap and photo provided by Jason Patterson

The Chinooks experienced the heartbreak of a walk-off defeat for the second time in three nights on the Peninsula. This one came at the end of a classic extra inning dose of our national pastime on Independence Day. The game ended in an instant, leaving but one lingering question for  fish fans, when will the Chinooks finally be set free from the seemingly endless cycle of heart-wrenching losses that have marked the first half of the 2013 Season.

The pitching was solid once again on Thursday night, with Dirks, Stanton and Kalusmeier allowing only two total runs and pushing the game into the 11th inning in hopes of an offensive breakthrough that never came. The ‘Nooks had chances early, including a bases loaded no-one-out opportunity in the first inning. The Oilers escaped the monster jam allowing only a single run via a sacrifice fly off the bat of Tyler Krahn. Chugiak-Eagle River would not score again.

The Peninsula Oilers answered with a run in the bottom of the sixth, which came without the ball leaving the infield. Their eleventh inning rally also began with an infield single. The winning run moved to second on a passed ball. He reached third on a ground ball to short. This set the table for David Olmeda-Barrerra’s walk off line drive over the heads of a drawn in outfield to seal the Oilers third consecutive victory over the Chinooks.

The same two teams will be back in action Friday night at 7PM.