Chinooks Lose Lead Late, Fall to Oilers in Series Finale

KENAI – The Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks fell to the Peninsula Oilers by a final of 5-4 on Thursday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park, giving the Fish their second loss in three days. The Chinooks now stand at 5-16 on the year, while the Oilers improved to 15-7 with the series victory.

The visiting Chinooks got the scoring started in the third inning with a single from Josh Altmann (Olivet Nazarene) before Kyle Conkle (North Alabama) drew a two-out walk to continue the inning. Back-to-back doubles from Westmont’s Steven Pollex and West Virginia’s Jackson Cramer made it a 3-0 advantage, but the Fish weren’t done.

Griffith Roark double in the fourth and came in to score on Altmann’s second base hit of the contest, but that was all they would get off Oilers pitching. The home team waited until the sixth inning to cross the plate, but when the Oilers opened the frame with a pair of baserunners, it seemed certain they would finally get on the board. After Jordan Sanford’s sac bunt and Mylz Jones reached on an error, the scoreboard read 4-1 in favor of the Fish, but the guests weren’t able to keep it that way for long.

Alex Hernandez launched a double that made it a one-run ballgame before the eighth inning undid the Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks for the final time in the Peninsula. Two unearned runs scored on a double by Alex Rubanowitz, giving the Oilers a 5-4 lead that held up after a 1-2-3 top of the ninth.

Individually, Altmann and Cramer each sparked a pair of base hits, Roark added an extra base hit, and Pollex finished with half of the team’s runs driven in. Rubanowitz paced the Oilers with three base hits, while he joined Hernandez to combine for four RBI.

On the hill, Abilene Christian’s Thomas Altimont surrendered two earned runs over five innings while issuing three walks and striking out four. Shane Armstrong (Hillsdale) surrendered an unearned run over the next two innings before New Mexico State’s Zach Freeman was on the wrong end of the pitching decision.

Freeman allowed two runs in the bottom of the eighth, but neither was earned because of a two-out error, but it didn’t prevent him from being hit with his fourth loss of the summer. Oilers starter Nick Rogowski gave up all four runs over five innings while issuing five walks before turning it over to the bullpen.

Cody Reiser recorded two perfect innings that featured two strikeouts before Nick Sheridan hurled a flawless eighth inning. Sheridan was the man on the hill when the winning run crossed the plate, helping him pick up the victory in the series finale. Jeff Paschke came in from right field to pitch in the ninth, and after the Chinooks went in order, he picked up his fourth save of the year.

The Chinooks return home on Friday, when they will host the Alaska Goldpanners in a Fourth of July doubleheader. First pitch from Loretta French Field is slated for 5:00 pm.


McDorman Goes 8+, ‘Nooks Snap Losing Streak

Box Score KENAI – Kyle McDorman delivered another solid start for the Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks on Wednesday night as the Fish snapped their seven game losing streak with  a 6-4 victory over the Peninsula Oilers.

McDorman looked a little rocky in the first inning by walking two and allowed a run that came home on an error.  He would settle in getting 20 of his 24 outs recorded among the infielders behind him.  He also got the offense behind him to aid the Charleston Southern University right hander to his first winning decision of the summer.

Steve Pollex tied the game at one in the second inning for his fourth home run of the year.  Chinooks catcher AJ Derr would record his first base hit with a lead-off double in the third inning, but he would be stranded at third base.  Steve Karkenny and Bret Collins walk to lead-off the fourth to be bunted over by Kyle Conkle.  A past ball by Oilers catcher Drake Zarate allowed Karkenny to score and take the lead for good for the Chinooks.

Second year Chinook Griffith Roark expanded the lead 5-1 with a three-run triple after Pollex and Derr walked to load the bases.  In the fifth inning, the Fish bats would add another run with another lead-off extra-base hit by Josh Altmann with a triple.  It looked like another runner stranded on the base paths with a pair groundouts with the Oilers infield drawn in, but Conkle would deliver a double down the right field line to get Altmann home.

Billy Arendt also had a stellar day at the plate for the Chinooks with his fourth straight multi-hit game from the leadoff spot for the Fish.  Altmann also had two hits from the second batting position to follow up his four hit night from the night before.

By the ninth inning, it looked like McDorman would have an easy finish by allowing just two hits only tossing 85 pitches entering the final frame.  The Oilers would finally figure out McDorman and got three runs in the ninth to make it a 6-4 game.  Among the hits for the Oilers were Zarate’s second hit of the game as the only player for the home team with multiple hits.

Chinooks pitching coach, Chris Beck, would make the move to the bullpen with one out by calling upon Lance Phillips to close out the win for the Fish.  Phillips would do his job and slam the door shut on the Oilers comeback to earn his first save of the season.

The Oilers and Chinooks will duel in a rubber match to conclude their three game series in Kenai on Thursday at 7 pm AKDT.  The Chinooks Thomas Altimont will take the ball for the ‘Nooks and no starter for the Oilers has been announced at this time.

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.