Win streak ends at eight, Pilots win 8-6

You can’t win them all, no matter how much you may want the streak to continue. The Anchorage Glacier Pilots came tonight with vengeance on their minds. No sooner than Chinooks starter Lucas Hamelink sent the first visiting batter back to the bench than things went awry. Two errors at short signaled that the ninth straight win would be hard to come by. After seven of the Anchorage nine came to bat, the scoreboard showed that four runs had come across.

Realizing that their work was cut out for them, the Chinooks settled in on defense. Hamelink was tagged by Pilot left-fielder Luke Hamblin for a triple, but the Nooks pitcher sat the next three batters down, leaving Hamblin stranded.

The Pilots were able to get two runners on in the top of the third but were denied thereafter until the eighth.

Meanwhile, the home team managed to come back with two runs in the bot- tom of the first on hits by Cameron Baranek and Matt Furuto. Baranek’s stop at second proved costly when he twisted a knee when turning and had to come out of the game. Holt Davis tripled to score Cadon Davis, Baranek’s pinch runner, and Futuro. One Chinook reached in the second and two others in the third, but all to no avail.

Hope for the home team was raised in the fourth when Patrick Cromwell reached on an error, Owens doubled and Jacob Brobst singled to load the bases. Furuto banged one to the fence in right field for a triple, clearing the bases. He scored on a wild pitch off Pilot starter Matt McCarry who was replaced to start the next inning. At that point, the Chinooks had taken the lead, 6-4.

There was hope that the home team’s great defense would come through to hold the score at that point. It was not to be. With one out in the top of the eighth, a new pitcher was tagged for three runs by the first three hitters to come to the plate. Before the inning was over the score was now 8 for the visitors. Side-arm slinger Travis Stone came in to close out the game without further damage. With six outs left in the game, the Fish were unable to make a come- back in this, the fourth in a string of 11 straight games without a break.

Plenty of action is on tap for the Chinooks faithful. Tomorrow night the Mat- Su Miners come to Chugiak and on Friday the Fish visit the Valley team. Satur- day the Pilots land once again in Chugiak. Saturday is Cancer Awareness Night with a number of related activities scheduled. All present will be asked to write the name of someone who has survived or is presently being treated for the dis- ease and will hold those up during a moment of silence in the fifth inning. All those games are at 7 p.m.

Sunday at 4 p.m. is the annual Military Appreciation game. Veterans will go out with players for the National Anthem. Coupons for free hot dogs will be given to the first 400 fans attending. Cadets from the National Guard Youth Academy will attend the game on Saturday and Sunday.

Story by Lee Jordan