Mogg gives Chinooks lead in 7-3 victory

Catcher Andrew Mogg’s lead-off homer in the bottom of the sixth inning put the Chinooks ahead, 4-3, and the Fish never looked back as they picked up their fifth straight win tonight, 7-3.

The Anchorage Bucs drew first blood with two runs in the top of the first when Zane Gurwitz drew a lead-off walk from Chinooks starter Lucas Hamelink. He was followed by Stephan Trosclair who reached on an overthrow at first by the third baseman, allowing both runners to advance. They scored on a double by Bucs 6’7” first-sacker Taylor Jones, putting the visitors ahead by two.

The ‘Nooks’ Cameron Baranek got the home team on the board in the bot- tom of the third after singling with two out, stealing second and coming in on a hit by Matthew Furuto.

In the fourth frame, Chinooks first baseman Michael Staudinger and Mogg each were walked by Bucs starter Eric Dunbar. After a ground-out, Dunbar hit each of the next two batters, giving Cadon Owens and Hunter Hanks each credit for a run batted in to tie the score.

With Ed Voyles taking the mound for the Bucs in the bottom of the sixth, Mogg put his first offering over the left field fence. The round-trip call was ar- gued by the visitors’ coach, who thought the ball might have bounced over, but the officials were emphatic as they made the circular motion declaring it a home run. It was the catcher’s second dinger of the season as a Chinook, his first com- ing in Fairbanks on Wednesday night.

CJ Lewington took the mound for Chugiak-Eagle River in the top of the fourth. With one out n the fifth he was replaced by Braxton Wilks who prompt- ly threw a double-play ball that ended the inning on the two-fer, Hanks to Bass to Staudinger. The performance, by the same actors, was repeated in the sixth to end a bases-loaded threat from the black-and-yellow visitors.

With Jeremy McDonald on the mound for the Bucs in the bottom of the eighth, Staudinger walked, Mogg walked, Owens reached on an error and all three scored on a blast to right by Hanks.

It was Meet the Chinooks night, with fans able to get photos and autographs from their favorite players.

There is no game tomorrow but there is an ice cream social at Peters Creek Baptist Church from 2-4 p.m. Fred Meyer has donated the goodies. Suggested donation is $5 for an individual or $15 to cover a family of four or more.

On Sunday and Monday the Chinooks travel to Anchorage to go up against the Bucs and return to Mulcahy Stadium on Tuesday to face the Anchorage Glacier Pilots.

Fans who are unable to make the trip to Anchorage can watch the game via Web stream at and click on the Nooks Nation button.

Story by Lee Jordan