Errors plague the Chinooks early, fall to Miners at Home

Box Score CHUGIAK – On Tuesday night at Loretta French Park, the Chinooks fell 13-2 to the Mat-su Miners, who scored double digits for the second straight night.

The Chinooks offense managed to gather 12 hits off of three different Miners pitcher, but stranded 12 runners on the base paths.  Steve Pollex of Westmont College had his third consecutive multi-hit performance while Cornerstone University’s Nick Covello and Billy Arendt of Princeton each recorded three-hit nights.

It seems as if hits were plentiful, but that one big hit to get the offense going could not be found.  Much of this was due to crafty pitching by winning pitcher Jon Ferrendelli, Seve Romo, and Josh Grissom for the squad from Mat-su.

On a night that pushed the start of the game back nearly an hour, when it rained it certainly poured for the Miners at the plate.  They managed 13 runs and did so on 15 base hits.  However, four errors by the Chinooks in the first three frames helped set the table as Mat-su got out to an early 3-0 lead.

Inning number four would be considered the turning point of the game that put things out of reach early.  Miners catcher Mitchell Nau of Texas A&M delivered a one-out solo home run on a line drive to left field.  Just four batters later, Cam Newell yanked a 2-0 pitch over the right field fence to put the Miners ahead 7-0 at the time.

The Miners would fail to score only in second and fifth innings.  The ‘Nooks on the other hand would score in the sixth and ninth innings on a fielder’s choice ground out by Jackson Cramer and a single from Vanguard’s Bret Collins.

Mat-su moves to 5-3 overall on the season and will host the San Francisco Seals in Palmer, AK tomorrow night.  The Chinooks (3-6) turn their attention to another division foe in the Anchorage Glacier Pilots.  That game will be a 7 pm AKDT first pitch and it will be Military Appreciation Night at Loretta French Field.