Big Night from Cramer, Pitching Staff Lead to Third Straight Fish Win

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CHUGIAK – The Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks won their third straight game on Thursday at Loretta French, blanking the Peninsula Oilers 4-0. The victory was the Chinooks’ first shutout of 2014, dropping the Oilers to 18-18 on the summer.

West Virginia’s Jackson Cramer opened the scoring with a towering home run to right field to open the second inning. James Nevant (Notre Dame) drew a walk, and Josh Altmann (Olivet Nazarene) drove him in two batters later.

The two-run cushion held up for the next four innings, when the Fish tacked on a couple more. Master’s College teammates Jon Popadics and Steven Karkenny each singled before Cramer plated them both to give him three RBI on the night.

Karkenny produced a 3 for 4 night at the plate, while six Chinook hitters combined for nine base hits. It proved to be plenty to aid a pitching staff that was dialed in from the game’s very first pitch.

Thomas Altimont (Abilene Christian) surrendered just one hit over the first two innings, but his outing was cut short in an attempt to keep arms fresh heading into Showcase Weekend. Cornerstone right hander Ryan Harris overcame three hits before Charleston Southern’s Kyle McDorman gave the team their longest outing of the evening.

McDorman lasted 2.2 innings and gave up just one hit en route to his third victory of the season. Shane Armstrong (Hillsdale College) hurled the game’s final 2.1 innings, qualifying him for his first save.

Sean Mason (3-2) went down as the pitcher of record for the Oilers after a rough five innings in which he allowed six walks, five hits, and two runs. Cody Richey gave Peninsula a flawless sixth, but Nolan Sheridan was tagged for the final two runs in two innings of work.

With the victory, Chugiak-Eagle River surpassed their win total from a season ago, while the three-game win streak is another feat the 2013 squad was unable to accomplish. The Chinooks and Oilers will meet again on Friday at Mulcahy Field as part of Showcase Weekend. First pitch from Anchorage is slated for 1:00 pm.

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