Big Third Inning, Strong Outing From Altimont Aid Fish to 10-3 Victory


CHUGIAK – The Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks returned to their winning ways on Tuesday evening, defeating the Anchorage Bucs by a final of 10-3 at Loretta French Park. The Bucs have now lost four consecutive games, while the Chinooks have now won six of their last seven.

Thomas Altimont (Abilene Christian) received the starting nod for the Fish, surrendering just two runs while striking out five over the game’s first six innings. New Mexico State’s Zach Freeman was the first man out of the bullpen, allowing a run in his lone frame before Lance Phillips (Arkansas) and Tell Taylor (Wisconsin-Milwaukee) hurled a flawless inning each.

Kyle Davis toed the hill for the Bucs but was roughed up for his worst outing of the year. The third inning featured eight straight Chinook hits and seven runs before the UC Irvine product saw his day come to a close. Blake Estep would hold the Fish to just one run over the next five innings, and Brandon Diaz allowed the final two runs in the bottom of the eighth.

The Chinooks finished the day with ten runs and 14 hits on the scoreboard, which proved to be more than enough for Altimont to pick up his first victory of the summer. Each Fish hitter that came to the plate recorded a base hit, and all but one managed to cross the plate.

Individually, Billy Arendt (Princeton) and Josh Altmann (Olivet Nazarene) lined three base hits apiece and combined for three RBI. North Alabama’s Kyle Conkle added two hits of his own, while Steven Karkenny (The Master’s) was the only other hitter to drive in more than one run. The bleeding never really stopped, and Davis was saddled with his third loss in as many decisions.

Both clubs have Wednesday off before returning to action on Thursday evening. The Bucs head down to the Valley to take on the Mat-Su Miners, while the Chinooks host the Anchorage Glacier Pilots. First pitch is slated for 6:00 pm from Loretta French Park.