‘Nooks Solve the Miners, Win 7-4

IMG_0590Box Score CHUGIAK – Just one night after knocking off the Anchorage Bucs at Loretta French Park, the Chinooks capture their second straight victory at home on Saturday night against the Matsu Miners.  It is important to note that the Bucs and Miners are the leaders of their respective divisions in the Alaska Baseball League that have a combined record of 39-19 at the time the Fish played them.

The Miners grabbed an early lead off Chinooks starting pitcher Kyle McDorman on back-to-back hits by Nick Blaser and Matt Decker.  However, McDorman proceeded to pitch five scoreless frames in route to his second win of the season.  He would have a longer outing than his counterpart from Matsu, Kyle Serrano.

The Chinooks offense took three innings to get warmed up, but they were able to give McDorman all the run support he would need with a 4-run fourth inning off of Serrano.  Bret Collins led the way for the Fish offensively with a two-hit performance.  He led off the fourth with a single, went first to third base on a throwing error by Serrano attempting to pick off Collins at first, and scored on a wild pitch to tie the game 1-1.

Steve Pollex would start the charge again with the first of his two hits on the night followed by two walks issued by Serrano to load the bases.  Mark Lindsay and Jon Popadics each singled with the bases loaded to bring runs home for the Chinooks to make it 4-1 after the fourth inning.

Serrano would be lifted and the Miners turned to Josh Morris on the hill, but he gave up a run in each the fifth and sixth innings to the Chinooks.  Jackson Cramer smacked a solo home run to dead center field for his first long ball of the summer.  In the sixth, Collins batted in Billy Arendt to make it a 6-1 score for the Fish.

McDorman continued to deal for the home team into the seventh inning, but the Miners offense would figure him out by getting two runs to get within three runs.  Paul Panaccione hit his second of two hits and Cam Newell began his two-hit day with back-to-back singles to aid in loading the bases for the Miners.

Zach Freeman preserved McDorman’s lead by getting a bases-loaded, 6-4-3 double play on the first batter he faced to end the seventh inning.  With a three-run lead and the tying run aboard for the Miners, Freeman closed out the ballgame on the mound to earn his first save of the season.

The Fish grabbed an extra run in the seventh, and the Miners made a late push for a comeback when Newell gave the home crowd a scare with a double off the fence in right field to plate a run in the top of the ninth.  This made it a 7-4 final score.

The win gives the Chinooks 8 overall on the season and they will take their back-to-back home wins on the road to Fairbanks Monday and Tuesday for two games against the Goldpanners.  Both games will have a 7 pm AKDT first pitch.


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