Nooks win seventh straight, 6-3 in 13 innings

The Chinooks trailed the Anchorage Bucs for four innings, but tied the game 3-3 in the top of the eighth. It was a nail-biter for both teams until the top of the 13th, when bad luck took over for a new pitcher on the mound. The unfortunate Ed Voyles, a freshman at Florida State, walked the first, third and fifth batters he faced—sandwiching a strikeout and a flyout to right to the even-numbered pair—to load the bases. Centerfielder Cameron Baranek, who had been on base three times in the game and scored the first run for the Fish in the sixth, slammed a fastball to the fence in right-center to clear the bases. The fleet- footed lefty dove into third base to complete the game-winning triple.

Good pitching on both sides—with the Bucs having a slight edge in that department for the first six innings—marked the fast-moving game.

Bucs starter Jeremy McDonald, a left-hander, only had one base runner through three, then gave up a single to Jacob Brobst to lead off the fourth. With one out, designated hitter Andrew Mogg doubled to send him to third. The last out left both men stranded.

The Bucs scored their runs in the bottom of the fourth, all of them unearned. First-baseman Stephan Trosclair, the Anchorage team’s top hitter, dribbled one into the infield. Chinooks starter Michael Fairchild fielded the ball at the third- base foul line, but overthrew Holt Davis at first, letting Trosclair reach second. Stephen Lohr walked, advanced on miscues at the plate, to be brought in on a ball hit by Justin Jacobs which in turn was mishandled. Brodie Leftridge then slammed one to left that was scored as an error and rolled to the fence, allowing Jacobs to score.

In the bottom of the fifth, the other Chinooks 2014 returnee, Shane Arm- strong, was brought in to replace Fairchild. He, CJ Lewington and Ted Christie, the latter coming in with one out in the bottom of the eighth, held the tall and talented Bucs at bay until the bottom of the eighth. Sidearm thrower Travis Stone then came in to shut things down. He gave up a single to the first man he faced, but put the next six down in order for the save.

For their side, the Bucs made a pitching change in the top of the seventh, bringing in Alex Garcia, a hard-throwing right-hander who graduated from high school this spring. Garcia sat down three straight, but was charged with a base- on-balls to Brobst leading off in the eighth, then was tagged for an RBI single to right by Will Bass. Bass then was driven home by catcher Tyler Boxwell.

By our unofficial scoresheet, the victors scored six runs on eight hits. They were given eight free passes and one hit batter—a call that was too hotly disputed by Bucs head coach Mike Grahovac and resulted in him being ejected.

Tomorrow night the Chinooks return to Mulcahy to visit the Anchorage Glacier Pilots. They come home on Wednesday to host the Pilots and entertain the Mat-Su Miners in another home-and-home series. All start at 7 p.m.

 

Story by Lee Jordan

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