Chinooks Run Win Streak to Five


ANCHORAGE – On the eve of the 2014 ABL All-Star Game, the Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks extended their winning streak to five games with a 6-1 defeat of the Anchorage Glacier Pilots on Saturday afternoon. The victory marks the first time the Chinooks have won five in a row since the team moved to Chugiak in 2012. The Pilots are on a streak of their own, though they likely would prefer to forget their current ten-game losing skid.

Ryan Harris (Cornerstone), Zach Freeman (New Mexico State), Shane Armstrong (Hillsdale), and Kyle Conkle (North Alabama) combined to hurl a one-hit ballgame on Saturday at Mulcahy Field. While Freeman was tagged with the game’s only run, the right hander picked up his third victory of the summer and now is tied for the team lead.

Day Two of the annual Showcase Weekend gave scouts more than enough different men on the hill. The first three Chinooks pitchers each went two innings before Conkle delivered a 1-2-3 seventh frame. The Glacier Pilots elected to go with six pitchers, while Grant Gunning was the only man to toe the rubber in multiple frames. Southpaw Kyle Nelson was saddled with the loss after surrendering four runs in the fifth inning.

At the plate, Steven Pollex (Westmont) sparked the offense with a double and a triple, while Notre Dame’s James Nevant finished as the lone Chinook with more than one RBI. Seven Fish hitters ended the day with a base hit, and the team cruised to an easy victory over a sliding Pilots ball club. Seven Anchorage All-Stars took swings, but Riley Adams ended as the only Pilot to collect a hit off a red hot Chinooks pitching staff.

Both clubs will now turn their attention to Sunday’s exhibitions, as the annual Home Run Derby will take place at 1:00 pm with the All-Star Game to follow at 4:00. Pollex, Jackson Cramer, Clayton Taylor, Trevor Podratz, and Nikko Saenz will be among those swinging for the fences, thought that’s only the beginning. The Pilots and Chinooks combine for 16 National League All-Star representatives and will team up with 11 Mat-Su Miners to square off with the American League’s top performers.