Chinooks win over Glacier Pilots, 3-2

The Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks’ bats came alive tonight at Mulcahy Sta- dium as they compiled eleven hits to top the Anchorage Glacier Pilots, 3-2. It was a celebration for some of the Fish who had not been hitting to their abilities as of late. There was also some very good defense behind the two pitchers. Conner Menez started and went for six strong innings only to leave with no de- cision. He was relieved by Shane Armstrong who came in with the score tied two-all in the bottom of the seventh and got the win. Armstrong’s strong arm kept the Pilots on the ground with three one-two-three innings. Those innings, however, were not without drama. But more on that later.

The Fish got on the scoreboard first with a lone run in the top of the second. With one out, catcher Tyler Boxwell singled, was moved to second on Dave Morton’s walk, moved to third on Jacob Brobst’s single and was driven home on a single by Will Bass.

The visitors scored again in the top of the third. Centerfielder Cadon Owens walked, swiped second and was brought home on a single by Boxwell.

In the sixth, Menez’ final inning, leadoff batter Luke Hamblin drew a walk, followed by another to Kevin Viers. With Pinchhitter Jonny Locher at bat and Hamlin on third, a desperation call by the third base coach sent Viers racing to second in what turned out to be a double steal. Boxwell’s throw to shortstop Hunter Hanks was a trifle high and both Hamblin and Viers scored. Locher was walked, but Boxwell threw a strike to second to catch him in an attempted thievery.

Menez gave up only one hit in his first four innings and two others in the fifth. The two runs in the sixth were charged to him. Those runs were to no avail, however, after Armstrong took over to keep the Pilots grounded while the Chinooks scored in the top of the ninth.

As suggested earlier, there was some drama before the final out was made and the victory sealed for the visiting team.

Armstrong struck out the first three batters he faced. He gave up a single with two out in the bottom of the eighth, but that runner also was caught steal- ing and the side retired. In the bottom of the ninth and the Pilots at home, Viers grounded out. Locher hit one deep to right center but it was hauled in. Leftfield- er Joe Wainhouse, the last hope for the home team, blasted a three-two offering deep to left. A strong contingency of Fish fans in attendance held its collective breath while the spheroid sailed high and deep, deep, deep. Morton, however, was at the wall, his glove outstretched, and snared it victoriously.

The Chinooks head for Kenai tomorrow morning to begin a three-game se- ries with the Peninsula Oilers. They return home to host the Pilots on July 7 and the Fairbanks Goldpanners the next evening. Contrary to what we stated in our last report, July 9 is not an off day as indicated in our schedule. We will get the correct information to you in the coming days.

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Story by Lee Jordan