Chugiak-Eagle River’s Late Rally Comes Up Short In Final Matchup With Glacier Pilots

Game Recap by Lee Jordan

The Chinooks were on top, 1-0, early tonight in their last regular-season meet- ing with the Anchorage Glacier Pilots. The lead lasted until the top of the sixth when the Pilots put seven runs on the board. Two more for the visitors came across in the top of the ninth, putting the home team in a 9-1 hole as the home team found itself with only three outs left.

With a comfortable lead, the Pilots sent a relief pitcher to the mound. When he found trouble hitting the strike zone and loaded the bases with three straight free passes, the home crowd began to get excited.

Griffin Gum, Zach Harbison and Steve Ventimilia had filled the bases when yet another pitcher was hastily brought in to stop the bleeding. He, too, had little luck against the fired-up fish. Nick Covello singled to bring Gum and Harbison home, followed by Drew Turbin’s double which cleared the bases.

The Pilots were able to get their first out when Turbin attempted to take third when the ball skipped away from Pilot catcher Chris Hoo. A strong throw to third nipped the sliding Turbin.

Walks to Collin Radack and Daniel Salter brought to the mound the third pitcher in the ninth frame. Brendan McCurray then struck out the eighth and ninth Chinooks batters of the inning to close out the game, leaving two runners on base and four runs short of knotting the score.

It was an exciting finish, one that only slightly dampened the spirits of the Chi- nooks faithful who stayed to the end to cheer on their hometown favorites. The Chi- nooks remain three and 12 while the Pilots improve to .500 at seven and seven.

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The Chinooks have their fourth day off in eight days tomorrow, before taking the field on Tuesday in Kenai against the Peninsula Oilers. They return home on Saturday to host the Mat-Su Miners who are see-sawing with the Anchorage Bucs for the Alaska Baseball League lead.

Cover Photo Provided By Al Clemens