Legion All-Stars shut out, but gain chance to measure up next level of competition

CHUGIAK – The Chinooks racked up an average of two-and-a-small-fraction-runs per each of the seven innings tonight when they hosted the Chugiak-Eagle River American Legion All- Stars at the Loretta French Sports Complex.

Chinooks starter Luke Eigsti

Chinooks starter Luke Eigsti

For the All-Stars it was an opportunity to see the next higher level of completion when they faced off with the college-level Alaska Baseball League team.

For the Chinooks, it was an opportunity to work on some items that needed improve- ment as disclosed during their first two non- league games.

In particular, the game gave pitcher Luke Eigsti an opportunity to reverse the woes that were heaped on him in the first of three dress rehearsals on Tuesday. Himself a 2015 high school graduate, his second ABL appearance tonight was facing peers. He responded by striking out six of the ten batters he faced, walking only one and getting two opponents to fly out.

Heartening for the All-Stars was that both of their fly ball outs were hit deep to center field. The first was by All-Star center-fielder Matt Hess, who led off the third inning for the visitors, the second by the left-fielder—who happens to bear the same last name—Alex Hess, later in that frame.

Joy Needham, owner of game sponsor Home Optics, with Chinooks skipper Jordon Vierra

Joy Needham, owner of game sponsor Home Optics, with Chinooks skipper Jordon Vierra

 

Defensively, the visitors pulled off one double play.

Pitcher Chase Wilson started for the All- Stars and went for three strong innings. He was replaced in the fourth by Derek Henry and the game was closed out by Brad Sterns in the bottom of the seventh.

Chinooks relievers were Jamie Ball, Brax- ton Wilks and Travis Stone. On the offensive side, second-baseman Will Bass poled a triple in the third and designated hitter Michael Staudinger collected a double in the first.

The season opener is tomorrow at Palmer and the home opener is Saturday at 7 with a special ceremony scheduled at 6:30.

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