Miners Outlast Chinooks Once Again in the Valley

Box Score PALMER – The Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks and the Matsu Miners combined for 20 runs on Thursday night at Herman Brothers Field as the home team came out on top  with a 13-7 win.  The Miners have had the Fish’s number this season winning nine out of 10 meetings.

Leading the charge for the Miners offensively was first basemen Hunter Simmons from the nine spot in the batting order as he drove in a game high 4 RBI with three singles in four at bats.  Cameron Frost also had three hits while Nick Blaser and Brandon Smith knocked in a pair of runs each.

The Miners would score all the runs they needed in the second and third innings off Chinooks starter Michael Fairchild.  Blaser filed his two RBI by tying the game at two a piece with a single to right field.  Simmons would give the Miners the lead for good by singling over the Chinooks infield that was playing to potentially cut down a base runner at home.  Five runs eventually came home in the second inning on five hits, and an error.

Simmons drove in two runs in the third inning and his fourth RBI of the game in the eighth as the Miners put the game out of reach.  The score would be 8-2 in advantage of the home club, but the offensive momentum would swing to the other dugout during the middle innings as the Chinooks climbed back to within two runs after inning number six.

The Chinooks were led offensively by Jon Popadics, who went 2-5 and drove in three of his team’s seven runs.  His first RBI came in the fourth inning when he beat out a close play at first base that forced Miners shortstop Paul Panaccione to make a nifty, barehanded toss.  Popadics made the score 8-6 just two innings later when he smacked a 2-run double to left-center field.  The Fish also had single RBIs from Jackson Cramer, Billy Arendt, Bret Collins, and Griffith Roark.  Cramer and Arendt also had multi-hit games along with Popadics.

Josh Morris relieved Miners starting pitcher Jon Ferrendelli after the Popadics double, and the Miners bullpen would stop the bleeding by combining on just two hits and one run over three-plus innings.

After the seventh innings stretch and two superb scoreless innings from Shane Armstrong, the Miners bats woke up and got to the Chinooks bullpen.  Three runs came home against Tim Knesnik in the seventh, and two more in the eighth off of Steve Wagar.

Despite allowing 13 runs, one bright spot for the Chinooks pitching staff would be how they handled one of the Alaska Baseball League’s top hitters, Jonny Locher.  Locher went 0-5 with four strikeouts for the Miners.  Fairchild fanned him three times and Armstrong would send him packing for the fourth time for the mystical “Golden Sombrero.”

The Miners have now captured four straight wins, but the Chinooks have dropped five in a row.  Fortunately, the ‘Nooks will have two games in front of their home crowd at Loretta French Park to right the ship or potentially face their longest losing streak of the year at seven.  The Anchorage Bucs will come to Chugiak on Friday night for a 7 pm first pitch.

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