Three-run 9th inning moves Chinooks past Pilots

Box Score ANCHORAGE – The Chinooks headed back to Mulcahy Field for the second day in a row, but this time came out on top 4-1 against the Anchorage Glacier Pilots.

This game would be a pitchers duel through and through. Kyle McDorman threw seven strong innings for Chugiak-Eagle River. Three of the six hits he would surrender came in the bottom of the second inning when the Pilots loaded the bases thanks to singles from Ray Guerrini, Clayton Taylor, and Trevor Podratz. McDorman would get Shaun Wood to bounce to first for a 3-2 double play. The second out came with a tag at home plate to keep the Pilots off the board.

The Pilots next threat would come during inning number four when Taylor and Podratz would get back-to-back singles with two outs. That would put runners at the corners for Wood, who dropped a single into shallow center to get the first run of the game home for Anchorage. McDorman would then send 10 straight batters back to the bench on the hill for the Chinooks.

John York received the starting nod for the Glacier Pilots and went a scoreless 4 and 1/3 innings before being lifted from a bases loaded jam. Anchorage native Max Karnos would get a double-play ball to get out of the inning with no damage done.

Karnos would continue to shut down the Chinooks offense, working with a 1-0 lead, until the top of the eighth inning. Bret Collins got aboard on a walk, then stole second base. Kyle Conkle grounded out to advance Collins to third. Nick Covello took a 2-0 pitch to deep center that would be caught, allowing Collins to come home to tie the game at two runs each.

Just one night after a walk-off grand slam shot down the Pilots, the last at-bat for their opponent would be their undoing yet again.

The ‘Nooks would get to Karnos again by scoring three runs in the top of the ninth inning. AJ Derr led things off with a walk and went second to third on a single by Griffith Roark. The bases were loaded after a pitch from Karnos hit Steve Pollex. James Nevant smacked a 375-foot single over the head of Wood in center field. This only plated one run, but Collins would follow this up with a sac fly and Conkle would drive home a third run on an infield single that made the score 4-1 in favor of the visiting Chinooks.

Zach Freeman pitched the final two frames for the Chinooks and picked up the victory. The loss would go to Max Karnos.

The Chinooks (3-4 overall) will play their next two against the Mat-su Miners. Monday night will be in Palmer at Hermon Brothers Field and then back at Loretta French on Tuesday. Both games start at 7 pm. Glacier Pilots (4-3 overall) play their stadium-mates, the Bucs, on Monday at Mulcahy before seeing the ‘Nooks again on Wednesday.