Chinooks Fall in First Game Against Oilers

KENAI – In their first game in the Peninsula of the year, the Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks fell in their first game at Coral Seymour Memorial Park on Tuesday by a final score of 9-7. The Chinooks have now fallen in seven straight, while the Oilers picked up the victory in their ABL home opener.

The two clubs exchanged zeroes on the scoreboard for the game’s first five innings before Chugiak-Eagle River eventually drew first blood. Steven Karkenny (The Master’s) opened the frame with a double before Steven Pollex (Westmont) singled him over to third. North Alabama’s Kyle Conkle followed with a single of his own that plated Karkenny for the first run of the contest.

That lead would hold only until the next inning, as Jake Sandlin picked his second hit against the Fish in the biggest situation of the game. With the bases loaded and two outs, the Peninsula outfielder lined a ball over the head of Pollex in centerfield to empty the bases and give his team a 3-1 cushion. The Oilers added six more runs in their half of the eighth inning before the Fish struck for a six-run ninth highlighted by a number of walks.

Dan Przeniczny (Xavier) went 6.1 innings and surrendered just one run on four walks and six strikeouts before turning things over to the Chinook bullpen. Timothy Knesnik (Stony Brook) was saddled with the loss after allowing two runs over a third of a frame before Cornerstone’s Ryan Harris finished the ballgame in a mop-up role.

Oilers starter Jimmy Nesult countered with three strikeouts over his six innings but failed to pick up the victory after departing with his team trailing. Cody Richey was the man on the hill for the home team when they took the lead and didn’t look back, making him 3-1 on the season. Nolan Sheridan pitched a scoreless eighth inning before allowing a hit in the ninth that brought Mitchell Daugherty in before Tyler Gibson ultimately finished the game.

At the plate, middle infielders Billy Arendt (Princeton) and Josh Altmann (Olivet Nazarene) sparked three and four hits respectively for the Chinooks, while Karkenny and Conkle were the only other Fish with a multi-hit game. Sandlin and Alex Rubanowitz combined for four hits for the home nine, but four Peninsula Oilers finished their day with more than one RBI.

The Chinooks and Oilers will go at it again at Coral Seymour Memorial park on Wednesday, with first pitch slated for 7:00 pm. Wednesday is the second game of a three game series in the Chinooks’ lone trip to Kenai this season.