Pair of HR Help Bucs Take Second Straight From Fish

ANCHORAGE – The Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks (2-4, 0-2 ABL) dropped their second straight game to the Anchorage Bucs on Saturday night, falling 5-1 at Malcahy Field. The Bucs (5-2, 2-0 ABL) have now taken a game at each team’s home field from the Chinooks.

Vanguard University’s Bret Collins singled three times on Saturday evening, highlighting the offensive effort for the Fish. Cornerstone’s Nick Covello drove in the only run of the contest for the visitors on an RBI groundout in the first inning.

Five other Chinooks found base hits, but the Bucs tied the game in the fourth inning. Anchorage eventually pulled away after two run homers from Gage West and Cade Reiten in the home sixth. Despite a strong performance from Trevor Lacosse, the Buc starter left after the fourth inning with an apparent injury, making him ineligible for the victory.

That stat went to Devon Stewart, as was the man on the hill when Anchorage took the lead for good. Stewart hurled four innings without allowing a run before turning it over to Joie Dunyon for the final frame. The Chinooks looked to be building a rally, but Dunyon got some help from right fielder Tyler Ware and the Bucs ultimately held on for the victory.

Chugiak-Eagle River’s Dan Przecnizny (Xavier University) countered with four strong innings of his own. University of Puget Sound right hander Steven Wagar pitched the fifth, but his second inning of work didn’t last as long. Wagar ended up being hit with the ‘Nooks second loss in league play before Zach Freeman (New Mexico State University) and Lance Phillips (University of Arkansas) combined for the final seven out.

The Bucs will now turn their attention to the Mat-Su Miners, as the two squads will square off at 2:00 from Mulcahy Field on Sunday afternoon. The Chinooks, meanwhile, will see the Anchorage Glacier Pilots at 7:00 at the same stadium.