Stay Connected with the Chinooks!

There will be multiple ways to connect with the Chinooks and keep up to date with all the team’s news this season.  Listed below are how and where you can stay in touch online with social media.

Team Website:

Schedule, Roster, Post-game stories, essentially the central hub for everything Chinooks baseball.

cerchinooks.com

Facebook:

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https://www.facebook.com/pages/Chugiak-Eagle-River-Chinooks/288621987887383?ref=bookmarks

Twitter:

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https://twitter.com/CERchinooks

Live game video/audio stream:

All games will be broadcasts online with the Voice of the Chinooks, Garett Mansfield and Andrew Alix.  Look at the bottom right of the page…just click the bubble that says ‘Nooks Nation and it will take you there!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAt_PZ4ovSDLG7Zh2e9AfTQ

 

Live stats:

Go to the league scoreboard as the game begins and click live stats.

 http://www.alaskabaseballleague.org/view/alaskabaseballleague

 

 

If you experience any issues or questions, contact the Chinooks Sports Information Directors by email at cerchinooks.radio@gmail.com.

They’re Back! Chinooks open training camp

CHUGIAK – Excitement. Anticipation. Expectations. Three words that characterize the opening of training camp in all sports and the 2015 season for the Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks is no exception. Saturday marked the beginning of the summer experience for Chinooks baseball club complete with the first team meetings, practice, and the annual meet and greet barbecue.

As usual, there will be a mix of new and old faces around Loretta French Park for fourth season of Alaska Baseball League competition for the Fish. General Manager Chris Beck returns to Alaska for his 16th season at the helm of Athletes in Action Baseball’s team in Alaska. On the field, Beck was able to retain pitchers Shane Armstrong of Hillsdale College and Michael Fairchild of Azusa Pacific University.

“This summer I’m just looking to improve again, get my off-speed stuff better and overall just have a great time playing the game,” mentioned Fairchild following the first meetings as a team. “Alaska is a very unique experience in a lot of ways as far as baseball goes and the experience. I want to stick to my process and see how it works.”IMG_1494
Fairchild had 9 starts for the Chinooks last summer that aided him to a solid spring that saw him go 4-2 for the APU Cougars over 11 starts including 2 complete-game shutouts. Armstrong returns to Alaska after a 5-5 senior campaign with the Hillsdale Chargers with a four-hit shutout also on his résumé.

Apart from a mostly new roster, the blue and red will have a larger coaching staff including head coach Jordan Vierra. The name should ring familiar to some fans as he assisted former skipper Jon Groth in 2012, the Chinooks first season in Chugiak-Eagle River. He also spent time with Coach Groth as a player at Tyler Junior College before he moved on to UT-Tyler to finish his collegiate career and became a coach on their staff.

“I do understand I have very huge shoes to fill because Coach Groth is one of the biggest mentors I have had in my life,” says Vierra. “The fact that he isn’t able to come up here and Chris thought enough of me to offer me the position means the world to me.”

Vierra was also meeting these players for the first time as well but was quick to offer his optimism towards the group as a whole.

“This is a group that is going to come together really fast and be one of those groups that will be fun to be around all year. I’m excited to see what they will be able to do this summer,” states Vierra.

GM Chris Beck addressing crowd Saturday

GM Chris Beck addressing crowd Saturday

Once introductions and the first team meeting took place, the newest group to the Fish Family made their way to feast their eyes on one of the most pristine sights in all of the Alaska Baseball League, Lee Jordan Field at Loretta French Park. A variety of field maintenance was quickly addressed and 23 sponsor banners were fixed on the outfield fence.

After a brief throwing and hitting session, the team migrated across the street for a barbecue that allowed members of the Chugiak-Eagle River community, complete with the Chinooks Booster Club and host families of the players. Chris Beck made a brief address to thank everyone who makes this summer possible each and every year while the players introduced themselves to their biggest fans.

Looking at Loretta French Park now gives everyone the sense that the thought of baseball in Chugiak is a reality returning to Alaska. The Chinooks open up the season at home on Tuesday, June 9 with an exhibition game with the Matsu Miners beginning at 7 pm.

2014 Season Wrap Up

Another season of the Alaska Baseball League has now come and gone, and the Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks are able to build upon their third year in the community.  Similar to the years past, the 2014 season shared the ups and downs with a strong finish throughout the month of July.

Chinooks vs Miners on Opening Night

Chinooks vs Miners on Opening Night

Finishing the year with a 13-25 record, it really was a tale of two different months.  The Fish finished the month of June at 4-14, but held a 9-11 record through July and carrying the role of the spoiler to several teams still in the hunt for an ABL championship.

In terms of the ABL, the landscape of the competition was a little different compared to years past.  This was the first year splitting into two divisions (American and National) that had the teams in each division become very familiar with each other.  Out of 38 games, 23 were played against division opponents the Mat-su Miners and Anchorage Glacier Pilots.  The Chinooks match ups with the Peninsula Oilers and Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks were then limited to only a handful of meetings.  The team made just one trip to the famous Bingo Hilton in Kenai that brings every team in close quarters and late-night games of mafia.  Fairbanks was also a destination for the Chinooks just once this year, but there was no baseball to be played with rain washing out both games slated with the Panners.

Of course throughout a memorable summer for all the players, there were numerous games that couldn’t be forgotten.  The Mat-su Miners were one team that really gave the Chinooks headaches all season.  Opening night at Loretta French Park saw the two teams play evenly over eight innings, and the Chinooks took a 3-1 lead into the ninth inning.  However, the “Rally in the Valley” claimed its first victim with a five run top of the ninth inning to win the opening contest of 2014.  Two other times the Miners shocked the Chinooks with walk-off wins at the Miners home in Palmer.  On July 9, it looked like the Fish had the Miners number despite several losses against the same squad.  However, Miners slugger Cameron Newell launched a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the ninth to erase another 3-1 deficit.  In the final meeting between the two clubs on July 26, the Chinooks played in their only extra-inning game.  The ‘Nooks took the lead in the top of the tenth, but the Miners got two to win 5-4.

Who could forget Geoff Murphy's stylish stirrups?

Who could forget Geoff Murphy’s stylish stirrups?

Close games became a theme throughout the year.  They were on the short side of the stick in many of these contests with a 1-7 record in one-run games and also lost 11 games by 3 runs or less.  Apart from twice by the Miners, the Chinooks were walked off by the Pilots and Oilers once as well.  Despite several tough losses that formulated over the late innings, the Fish were able to enjoy the spoils of some huge wins themselves.

On the longest day of the year came the biggest comeback of the season in the Summer Solstice Showdown at Mulcahy Field in Anchorage.  The Fish trailed from the beginning and 5-0 to the Glacier Pilots at one point.  They found four runs in each the eighth and ninth innings to eventually win 8-5.  Hits and runs kept coming and forced a couple of mishaps by the Pilots, but the Chinooks capitalized on each one as the two teams played into the morning hours of June 22.

The Chinooks gave their home crowd at Loretta French Park a lot of memories and tremendous team performances.  Anchorage’s other team, the Bucs, saw the Chinooks bats come to life late against them as well.  In a July 11 meeting and trailing 3-1 in the bottom of the eighth inning, the Chinooks turned to outfielder James Nevant.  Nevant had struggled at the plate at the time going just 4 for his last 35 at bats, but came through in the  clutch with a three-run, game-winning home run.  This sparked a five-game winning streak, the longest of the season and longest by the Chinooks since moving to Chugiak-Eagle River.

Eleven days later, the Chinooks biggest offensive day happened against the Bucs.  This was highlighted by a seven run third inning that featured eight straight base hits by the Fish.  With a superb start from Thomas Altimont, the Chinooks were well on their way to their most lopsided win of the year, winning 10-3.

Despite several stellar performances on the mound, the Chinooks pitching staff mustered two shutouts, both at home.  The first came on July 17 and was a true team effort.  Pitching coach Chris Beck took the strategy of limiting innings so all of the pitchers could throw in front of the scouts at the two showcase games in the days to follow.  Four different pitchers took the hill including Altimont, Ryan Harris, Kyle McDorman, and Shane Armstrong.  All four tossed at least two innings and only gave up a combined five hits by the Peninsula Oilers.  What turned out to be the final game of the season was July 27 at Loretta French with the Glacier Pilots.  Dan Przeniczny dazzled with a complete game shutout where he struck out seven hitters and surrendered only four hits.

Chinooks at Military Appreciation Night

Chinooks at Military Appreciation Night

Several special events resonated with everyone within the organization.  The most impressive was the show put on at Military Appreciation Night on June 18.  The Chinooks honored men and women from all branches of the military, and had trucks and Humvees on display behind the ballpark.  It was a memorable site with current and former military members standing with each Chinooks player during the National Anthem.  It was a team effort behind the scenes as several players got to meet with the veterans to make sure their information was correct for public address announcer Dave Stroh to recognize them all.

ABL All-Star weekend consisted of two showcase games on Friday and Saturday, followed by the Home Run Derby and All-Star Game on Sunday.  The Fish won both of their showcase games against the Oilers and Pilots.  Steven Pollex, the team leader in home runs in 2014, and Jackson Cramer represented the Chinooks in the HR Derby.  Pollex was knocked out early,but Cramer continued to put on a show at Mulcahy Field.  A competition-high five first round dingers catapulted Cramer to the finals where he came out on top as the first ever Chinook to win the contest.  Cramer and Pollex then joined Altimont, McDorman, Jon Popadics, and Billy Arendt in the All-Star Game that followed.

2014 Chinooks All-Stars Jon Popadics, Billy Arendt, Kyle McDorman, Jackson Cramer, Steven Pollex, and Thomas Altimont

2014 Chinooks All-Stars
Jon Popadics, Billy Arendt, Kyle McDorman, Jackson Cramer, Steven Pollex, and Thomas Altimont

Rain washed out the Chinooks final scheduled game of the season, but the team and booster club still met and mingled over a dinner full of grilled salmon, burgers, cake, and other carried in delights.  The occasion was a special one that had a legal stamp put on it to have the field that the Chinooks have played on each summer for the past three summer at Loretta French Park has been renamed Lee Jordan Field.  The Chinooks Booster Club president is an avid supporter of the team and has been a local baseball icon in Chugiak-Eagle River.  He formed the Knik Little League and mentored the first Alaskan baseball team to win in the Lower 48.  Jordan also played a pivotal role with the Chinooks settling in Chugiak-Eagle River after spending 12 years in Fairbanks.  The honor is just a fraction of the appreciation that he has in the community for his work to bring high-level baseball competition to the area.

As the season has come to a close and August begins, the players will scatter out all over the country to their hometowns and college campuses over the next month.  After three seasons in Chugiak-Eagle River, the Chinooks have built an excellent foundation to continue to improve, and coaches Jon Groth and Chris Beck look to return in 2015 with a team ready to compete for a championship to bring to the community.

Thank You from the Chinooks

With the 2014 Chinooks season in the books, the team would like to thank those who supported us this season. This organization could not function without the help of our fans, host families, boosters, and sponsors. You help us understand that while winning is important, this league is about so much more than that. Because of the support, we can continue to grow in the game of baseball, as well as give back to the community. Thank you!

#FishOn

The 2014 sponsors include:

Chugiak-Eagle River Star

Chugach Chiropractic Massage Center

Chugiak- Eagle River Senior Center

Chepo’s Mexican Restaurant & Cantina

Matanuska Electric Association

Chugiak Area Business Association

Chugiak Volunteer Fire and Rescue

Bella Vista Pizzeria

Laborers Local 341

Hands Off Touchless Carwash

Chugiak Lions Club

Matankuska Valley Federal Credit Union

Matanuska Telephone Association

Healthwise Care Center and Physical Therapy

Eagle River Presbyterian Church

First United Methodist Church of Chugiak

Knights of Columbus

Upcoming Events: Final Chinooks Game of 2014

Upcoming Events at Chinooks’ Games

Monday, July 28 VS Peninsula Oilers:

Final Chinooks Game of 2014

Fan Appreciation

  • Prior to the game, the Chinooks’ field will officially be renamed Lee Jordan Field after our Booster Club President
  • Kids can run the bases after the game
  • Chinooks players will be signing autographs and taking pictures
  • Booster club dinner after the game
  • A number of door prizes will be given away
  • There will be CAKE – what more do you need?!

Come on out to Loretta French Park at 18100 Old Glenn Highway in Chugiak! As always, Chinooks games are completely FREE to all of our guests. This organization could not survive without the support of our community, so we would like to extend a big thank you to each of our fans, boosters, sponsors and host families.

#FishOn

Przeniczny Dazzles, Tosses Shutout

Box Score CHUGIAK – Xavier’s Dan Przeniczny was the center piece to the Chinooks 6-0 victory over the Anchorage Glacier Pilots at Loretta French Field on Sunday night.

Przeniczny hurled a four-hit shutout and did not allow a single baserunner of the Pilots to advance past second base.  He struck out seven batters and walked three on his way to his second winning decision of the summer.  It turns out to be the second team shutout for the Chinooks, but the first complete game thrown by the entire pitching staff.

The Glacier Pilots had a slew of substitutions in their final game of the season.  Fifteen different hitters took a swing against Przeniczny.  They were led offensively by Anchorage native Adam Manzer with two of his teams four hits.

The Chinooks offense would get all it would need in the first inning.  Nick Covello returned the lineup for the first time since early July for the Fish and delivered the first of his two hits after a walk by Jon Popadics.  Steve Karkenny came through with a two-out hit to drive home the first two runs of the game as both Popadics and Collevo scored.

Loretta French Field’s scoreboard read 2-0 for most of the contest.  Four runs came around in the eighth inning highlighted by Mark Lindsay’s bases-clearing double to open up a six run lead.  Przeniczny sat down the Pilots in order in the ninth inning to complete the shutout.

The Chinooks move to 13-25 with the win, and they will conclude their season on Monday night at Loretta French Field at 6 pm AKDT against the Peninsula Oilers.

Decker’s Extra Inning Walk Off Spoils Chinooks’ Final Trip to Mat-Su Valley

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PALMER – The Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks suffered a walk off loss in their final road trip of the year, falling 5-4 to the Mat-Su Miners in the tenth inning. The Fish have now lost three of their last four, while the National League Champion Miners picked up their 11th win of the summer against the Chinooks.

Michael Fairchild received the starting nod For the Chinooks and responded by turning in his strongest outing of the summer. The Asuza Pacific right hander went seven strong innings, surrendering just one run on three hits while striking out six. The Miners countered with a bevy of hurlers, as seven arms combined to defeat the Fish.

The game was tied at three apiece when the Miners failed to get a run in the bottom of the ninth, and the Chinooks got to play extra innings for the first time in 2014. The Fish got a run in the top of the tenth, but it was undone when Matt Decker hit a line drive to the center field wall that plated two of his teammates in the bottom half.

The Miners walked off on the Chinooks for the second time this year and carry momentum into their Sunday doubleheader. Individually, Vince Arobio went down as the pitcher of record for Mat-Su, while Tell Taylor was on the wrong end of things in the tenth.

At the plate, Jon Popadics (The Master’s), Bret Collins (Vanguard), and Steven Karkenny (The Master’s) sparked two base hits apiece, while Karkenny was the only Chinook of the game with more than one RBI. Three other Fish hitters added a base hit, giving them nine as a team.

The Miners managed eight hits for the game, highlighted by Decker and Johnny Locher, who combined for four hits and three runs driven in. Four of their teammates had a base hit each, and though Mat-Su was outhit by their guests, it proved to be all for naught.

Having already clinched the National League, the Miners play their final two games of the year on Sunday, when they host the Anchorage Bucs in a twin bill. The Chinooks turn their attention to the Anchorage Glacier Pilots, who head to Chugiak for their final game of the summer. First pitch from Loretta French is set for 5:00 pm.

 

Rain and Pilots Slip up the Chinooks

Box Score CHUGIAK – In a rain soaked game at Loretta French Field, the Anchorage Glacier Pilots shut out the Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks for the second time this season at the same park.

The Fish sent their ace, Kyle McDorman, to the hill in search for their seventh win in the span of eight games.  However, the slumping Pilots had other thoughts and jumped all over McDorman early.  Two runs came home in the second frame, and both of them were with two men out.  Ray Guerrini punched home the first run of the game with a single and that ended up to be all the runs the Pilots would need.

Tyler Fox, Kyle Nelson, and Max Karnos teamed up for a four-hit shutout for the Glacier Pilots.  Each worked three innings apiece.  Billy Arendt led the Chinooks with two hits and led off the bottom half of inning number one and would turn out to be the closest thing the Fish would have to a run in the ballgame when he was stranded at third base.  Fox proceeded to retire the next nine in the Chinooks order and struck out five in a row that covered all three innings of work.

The Pilots bullpen followed the tone that Fox set when Nelson worked three scoreless surrendering the other three hits from the Chinooks.  Karnos worked a slippery slope quite literately for the final three innings while battling the steady rain and mud, but picked up an unconventional three inning save by setting down the final nine batters of the contest.

Six of the Pilots nine runs were charged to Kyle McDorman.  The right-handed starter worked his shortest full start of the year when he was yanked in the fifth inning, and Shane Armstrong completed the final four and a third innings.  Armstrong allowed three Pilots to cross home plate.

The Chinooks will take an off day to recoup from the 9-0 loss and will square off against the Mat-su Miners for their final road game of the season on Saturday.  First pitch is scheduled for 6 pm AKDT.  The Glacier Pilots have just one game remaining on the ABL schedule for 2014, and it will be in Chugiak against the Chinooks on Sunday afternoon.

Big Third Inning, Strong Outing From Altimont Aid Fish to 10-3 Victory

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CHUGIAK – The Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks returned to their winning ways on Tuesday evening, defeating the Anchorage Bucs by a final of 10-3 at Loretta French Park. The Bucs have now lost four consecutive games, while the Chinooks have now won six of their last seven.

Thomas Altimont (Abilene Christian) received the starting nod for the Fish, surrendering just two runs while striking out five over the game’s first six innings. New Mexico State’s Zach Freeman was the first man out of the bullpen, allowing a run in his lone frame before Lance Phillips (Arkansas) and Tell Taylor (Wisconsin-Milwaukee) hurled a flawless inning each.

Kyle Davis toed the hill for the Bucs but was roughed up for his worst outing of the year. The third inning featured eight straight Chinook hits and seven runs before the UC Irvine product saw his day come to a close. Blake Estep would hold the Fish to just one run over the next five innings, and Brandon Diaz allowed the final two runs in the bottom of the eighth.

The Chinooks finished the day with ten runs and 14 hits on the scoreboard, which proved to be more than enough for Altimont to pick up his first victory of the summer. Each Fish hitter that came to the plate recorded a base hit, and all but one managed to cross the plate.

Individually, Billy Arendt (Princeton) and Josh Altmann (Olivet Nazarene) lined three base hits apiece and combined for three RBI. North Alabama’s Kyle Conkle added two hits of his own, while Steven Karkenny (The Master’s) was the only other hitter to drive in more than one run. The bleeding never really stopped, and Davis was saddled with his third loss in as many decisions.

Both clubs have Wednesday off before returning to action on Thursday evening. The Bucs head down to the Valley to take on the Mat-Su Miners, while the Chinooks host the Anchorage Glacier Pilots. First pitch is slated for 6:00 pm from Loretta French Park.

Miners Put Up a Dozen, Snap ‘Nooks Win Streak

Box Score CHUGIAK – The Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks brought a five game winning streak into the Alaska Baseball League All-Star break, but it was ended harshly on Monday night with a 12-1 throttling by the Mat-su Miners.

Mat-su’s Jordan Rodgers got the scoring underway in the second inning with a two-run single.  The Miners offense continued to batter Chinooks starting pitcher Dan Przeniczny and make it a five-run inning.  Przeniczny maneuvered for two scoreless frames to follow, but the Miners would strike again in the fifth inning with another five-run frame.

Cam Newell led the offensive attack with a three-hit night and driving in two runs while Rodgers, Matt Decker, and Jonny Locher had multiple hits.  Terrence Connelly drove in three runs for the Miners on a bases-clearing triple in the fifth inning.

Przeniczny was responsible for nine of the Miners runs, and reliever Shane Armstrong was tagged for the final three runs of the ballgame from the visiting Miners.  Armstrong surrendered two runs in the sixth inning mostly due to a loss of command and was lifted for Steven Wagar.  Wagar had a strong outing, striking out four Miners hitters.  Ryan Harris closed out the ninth inning with a scoreless inning of his own while striking out two All-Stars and Home Run Derby participants from the Miners in Cam Newell and Cam Frost.

On the other side of the scorecard, Miners starting pitcher Ryan Hendrix dazzled over seven scoreless innings.  He did not walk a single Chinooks batter and allowed four hits while striking out seven.

The shutout was ended just shortly after Hendrix’s night did.  All-Star Jon Popadics smacked a double down the left field line off of a different Matt Decker than previously mentioned.  Popadics reached third on a wild pitch and was scored on a sacrifice fly by Bret Collins for the lone RBI of the game for the Fish.

The Chinooks will look to regroup on Tuesday when they host the Anchorage Bucs at Loretta French Field.  First pitch is slated for 6 pm AKDT.

Six Chinooks Named to the ABL All-Star Game

ANCHORAGE – The 2014 Alaska Baseball League All-Star Game will take place Sunday, July 20th and will have six members of the Chugiak-Ealge River Chinooks on the National League roster.

Outfielder Steven Pollex (Westmont College), infielders Jon Popadics (Masters College), Jackson Cramer (West Virginia), Billy Arendt (Princeton), and pitchers Kyle McDorman (Charleston Southern) and Thomas Altimont (Abilene Christian) all have been given the nod by ABL coaches to represent the Chinooks.

Pollex jumps out on the stat sheet with his team-leading four home runs.  He carries 10 multi-hit games into the All-Star break and hit safely in eight consecutive contest early in the season.  Despite his solid 5-11 frame, he runs very well and patrols center field as one of the best in the ABL.

After finishing his freshman season at a Division 1 program, Chinooks first basemen and designated hitter Jackson Cramer has shown off his power in the ABL by leading the Chinooks with 11 doubles and a pair of home runs.  The big, left-handed hitting Cramer shares the team lead in walks with fellow Chinooks All-Star Billy Arendt.  The Princeton sophomore has served as the leadoff hitter for the Fish most of the season boasting a .404 on-base percentage.

Popadics joined the Chinooks near the end of June and has only played in 12 games in the ABL, but has impressed the right eyes to play on Sunday afternoon.  The shortstop has incredible speed, giving him great range on the infield to go with a strong arm that can make nearly every throw.  Popadics has already recorded 5 multi-hit games and is hitting a solid .370.

The two right handed starters in McDorman and Altimont have highlighted the Chinooks rotation and stymied ABL hitters on many occasions.  McDorman, without question, has set himself apart as the most consistent arm that the Fish hold in their arsenal.  The Chinooks are 6-2 when McDorman takes the hill while he will carry a 3-2 record and an impressive 2.66 ERA into the All-Star game.

McDorman teamed up with fellow All-Star Thomas Altimont with two other Chinooks hurlers on July 17 for the clubs only shutout of the season against the Peninsula Oilers.  Altimont is another Chinook that has had a limited sample size in the ABL, but he has dazzled with an ERA sitting at 3.78 and has had three scoreless outings in five appearances.  He only allowed four base hits over those three appearances.

All-Star festivities at Mulcahy Field will include a Home Run Derby beginning at 1 pm to be followed by the ABL All-Star Game to begin at 4 pm.  Steve Pollex and Jackson Cramer will represent the Chinooks in the Home Run Derby.

Below is the full roster of the ABL’s National League All-Stars:

Matsu Miners                 Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks Anchorage Glacier Pilots
Vince Arobio – P Thomas Altimont – P Riley Adams – C
Jon Ferrendelli  P Billy Arendt – INF Chandler Blanchard – P
Cameron Frost – OF Jackson Cramer – INF Henri Fauchoux – P
Ryan Hendrix – P Kyle McDorman – P Chester Pak – OF
Jonny Locher – OF Steven Pollex – OF Trevor Podratz – INF
Josh Meyer – C Jon Popadics – INF Cameron Pongs – P
Cameron Newell – OF Justin Protacio – INF
Ryan Oglesby – P Clayton Taylor – INF
Paul Panaccione – INF Kevin Viers – INF
Jordan Rodgers – INF Shaun Wood – OF
Tyler Stubblefield – P Johnny York – P

Chinooks Run Win Streak to Five

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ANCHORAGE – On the eve of the 2014 ABL All-Star Game, the Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks extended their winning streak to five games with a 6-1 defeat of the Anchorage Glacier Pilots on Saturday afternoon. The victory marks the first time the Chinooks have won five in a row since the team moved to Chugiak in 2012. The Pilots are on a streak of their own, though they likely would prefer to forget their current ten-game losing skid.

Ryan Harris (Cornerstone), Zach Freeman (New Mexico State), Shane Armstrong (Hillsdale), and Kyle Conkle (North Alabama) combined to hurl a one-hit ballgame on Saturday at Mulcahy Field. While Freeman was tagged with the game’s only run, the right hander picked up his third victory of the summer and now is tied for the team lead.

Day Two of the annual Showcase Weekend gave scouts more than enough different men on the hill. The first three Chinooks pitchers each went two innings before Conkle delivered a 1-2-3 seventh frame. The Glacier Pilots elected to go with six pitchers, while Grant Gunning was the only man to toe the rubber in multiple frames. Southpaw Kyle Nelson was saddled with the loss after surrendering four runs in the fifth inning.

At the plate, Steven Pollex (Westmont) sparked the offense with a double and a triple, while Notre Dame’s James Nevant finished as the lone Chinook with more than one RBI. Seven Fish hitters ended the day with a base hit, and the team cruised to an easy victory over a sliding Pilots ball club. Seven Anchorage All-Stars took swings, but Riley Adams ended as the only Pilot to collect a hit off a red hot Chinooks pitching staff.

Both clubs will now turn their attention to Sunday’s exhibitions, as the annual Home Run Derby will take place at 1:00 pm with the All-Star Game to follow at 4:00. Pollex, Jackson Cramer, Clayton Taylor, Trevor Podratz, and Nikko Saenz will be among those swinging for the fences, thought that’s only the beginning. The Pilots and Chinooks combine for 16 National League All-Star representatives and will team up with 11 Mat-Su Miners to square off with the American League’s top performers.

Chinooks Come Back To Win 4th Straight in Scout’s Showcase

Box Score ANCHORAGE – Friday afternoon gave the Chinooks an opportunity to impress a handful of Major League scouts at Mulcahy Field as the Fish went on to win their fourth straight contest, beating the Oilers 7-4.

Jackson Cramer was impressive once again with a double and three runs scored just one night after plaguing the Peninsula Oilers pitching staff.  Jon Popadics exhibited his speed and power with a pair of doubles and an infield single while Mark Lindsay had a two-hit afternoon and drove in a game high four runs.

Lindsay not only helped out the pitching staff for the Chinooks by knocking in plenty of runs, but also caught an excellent game.  He threw out a pair of would-be base stealers and caught all five pitchers that the ‘Nooks paraded in front of close to 20 scouts.  Michael Fairchild got the starting nod and went two innings followed by an inning from Steven Wagar.  Dan Przeniczny tossed two scoreless frames in route to getting to winning decision.  Tell Taylor allowed one run in his only innings, and Lance Phillips threw a scoreless seventh for his second save of the season.

The Oilers got their scoring in early and were led by Jake Sandlin who found base hits in the third, fifth, and seventh innings.  In the the second frame, the Oilers would get a run then added two more to break a 1-1 tie in the third.  Ethan McGill was the only other Oiler with more than one hit highlighted with a triple and eventually scored the fourth and final run of the game for the Oilers.

A big fifth inning sent nine batters from the Chugiak-Eagle River squad to the plate to led them to victory.  Popadics smacked his first double to deep left field and scored on a bases-loaded walk by Cramer.  James Nevant would get plunked in the left arm to bring home another runner when Lindsay came to the dish to bring around his third and fourth RBIs of the game.

A total of ten different pitchers gave up a combined 22 base hits.  Chinooks pitchers did not walk a single batter to follow up the staff’s first shutout of the season the night before.

The Chinooks will play the Anchorage Glacier Pilots in their second showcase game for the scouts on Saturday afternoon at Mulcahy Field.  First pitch is slated for 1 pm.

Big Night from Cramer, Pitching Staff Lead to Third Straight Fish Win

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CHUGIAK – The Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks won their third straight game on Thursday at Loretta French, blanking the Peninsula Oilers 4-0. The victory was the Chinooks’ first shutout of 2014, dropping the Oilers to 18-18 on the summer.

West Virginia’s Jackson Cramer opened the scoring with a towering home run to right field to open the second inning. James Nevant (Notre Dame) drew a walk, and Josh Altmann (Olivet Nazarene) drove him in two batters later.

The two-run cushion held up for the next four innings, when the Fish tacked on a couple more. Master’s College teammates Jon Popadics and Steven Karkenny each singled before Cramer plated them both to give him three RBI on the night.

Karkenny produced a 3 for 4 night at the plate, while six Chinook hitters combined for nine base hits. It proved to be plenty to aid a pitching staff that was dialed in from the game’s very first pitch.

Thomas Altimont (Abilene Christian) surrendered just one hit over the first two innings, but his outing was cut short in an attempt to keep arms fresh heading into Showcase Weekend. Cornerstone right hander Ryan Harris overcame three hits before Charleston Southern’s Kyle McDorman gave the team their longest outing of the evening.

McDorman lasted 2.2 innings and gave up just one hit en route to his third victory of the season. Shane Armstrong (Hillsdale College) hurled the game’s final 2.1 innings, qualifying him for his first save.

Sean Mason (3-2) went down as the pitcher of record for the Oilers after a rough five innings in which he allowed six walks, five hits, and two runs. Cody Richey gave Peninsula a flawless sixth, but Nolan Sheridan was tagged for the final two runs in two innings of work.

With the victory, Chugiak-Eagle River surpassed their win total from a season ago, while the three-game win streak is another feat the 2013 squad was unable to accomplish. The Chinooks and Oilers will meet again on Friday at Mulcahy Field as part of Showcase Weekend. First pitch from Anchorage is slated for 1:00 pm.

‘Nooks Solve the Miners, Win 7-4

IMG_0590Box Score CHUGIAK – Just one night after knocking off the Anchorage Bucs at Loretta French Park, the Chinooks capture their second straight victory at home on Saturday night against the Matsu Miners.  It is important to note that the Bucs and Miners are the leaders of their respective divisions in the Alaska Baseball League that have a combined record of 39-19 at the time the Fish played them.

The Miners grabbed an early lead off Chinooks starting pitcher Kyle McDorman on back-to-back hits by Nick Blaser and Matt Decker.  However, McDorman proceeded to pitch five scoreless frames in route to his second win of the season.  He would have a longer outing than his counterpart from Matsu, Kyle Serrano.

The Chinooks offense took three innings to get warmed up, but they were able to give McDorman all the run support he would need with a 4-run fourth inning off of Serrano.  Bret Collins led the way for the Fish offensively with a two-hit performance.  He led off the fourth with a single, went first to third base on a throwing error by Serrano attempting to pick off Collins at first, and scored on a wild pitch to tie the game 1-1.

Steve Pollex would start the charge again with the first of his two hits on the night followed by two walks issued by Serrano to load the bases.  Mark Lindsay and Jon Popadics each singled with the bases loaded to bring runs home for the Chinooks to make it 4-1 after the fourth inning.

Serrano would be lifted and the Miners turned to Josh Morris on the hill, but he gave up a run in each the fifth and sixth innings to the Chinooks.  Jackson Cramer smacked a solo home run to dead center field for his first long ball of the summer.  In the sixth, Collins batted in Billy Arendt to make it a 6-1 score for the Fish.

McDorman continued to deal for the home team into the seventh inning, but the Miners offense would figure him out by getting two runs to get within three runs.  Paul Panaccione hit his second of two hits and Cam Newell began his two-hit day with back-to-back singles to aid in loading the bases for the Miners.

Zach Freeman preserved McDorman’s lead by getting a bases-loaded, 6-4-3 double play on the first batter he faced to end the seventh inning.  With a three-run lead and the tying run aboard for the Miners, Freeman closed out the ballgame on the mound to earn his first save of the season.

The Fish grabbed an extra run in the seventh, and the Miners made a late push for a comeback when Newell gave the home crowd a scare with a double off the fence in right field to plate a run in the top of the ninth.  This made it a 7-4 final score.

The win gives the Chinooks 8 overall on the season and they will take their back-to-back home wins on the road to Fairbanks Monday and Tuesday for two games against the Goldpanners.  Both games will have a 7 pm AKDT first pitch.

 

Nevant’s Late HR, Strong Bullpen Combine to Give Chinooks 4-3 Win over Bucs

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CHUGIAK – The Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks held on for a narrow 4-3 victory over the Anchorage Bucs on Friday at Loretta French Park after an exciting final two innings. The Bucs were the only team the Chinooks hadn’t defeated in 2014, but the Fish ultimately snapped a five-game losing skid while simultaneously ending a four-game win streak for Anchorage.

Chugiak-Eagle River got the scoring started in the bottom of the first, when centerfielder Steve Pollex (Westmont) singled home Bret Collins (Vanguard) from third base. The Bucs waited until the third inning to respond, but did so with three runs that held up for the majority of the night.

Chinook starter Dan Przeniczny (Xavier) didn’t have his best outing but still managed to keep his team in the game. The right hander surrendered all three runs on five walks and two hit batters over his five innings before turning things over to Hillsdale’s Shane Armstrong for the sixth. Armstrong overcame three hits to give the Fish 3.1 scoreless innings on the bump.

Blake Estep made his first start of the year for the Bucs, allowing just one run over five frames before the bullpen took over. Phillip Wilson and Bret Marks then combined for two flawless innings, and Sean-Luke Brija was called on for the eighth. It was in the bottom of the eighth inning when the Chinooks knew they were running out of opportunities and ultimately capitalized.

Steven Karkenny (The Master’s) opened the frame with a single before Pollex followed with one of his own. West Virginia’s Jackson Cramer then reached on a fielder’s choice, bringing James Nevant to the plate with runners on the corners and just one gone. After working the count full, Notre Dame outfielder yanked one over the wall in left field, leaving his recent slump behind him and giving the Chinooks a 4-3 lead.

After a groundout and a pair of singles off of Armstrong, his day was over and Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Tell Taylor was called upon to pick up the game’s final two outs. With the tying run just 90 feet away, Taylor got Andy Crowley and Dylan Butler to strike out swinging, sending the Fish Faithful into a frenzy.

Armstrong went down as the man of record for the Chinooks, picking up his first victory over the year, while Taylor earned his first save. In a game that turned into a battle of bullpens, Brija got saddled with the loss for the Bucs, dropping the righty to 2-2 on the summer.

The Chinooks scattered a dozen base hits through the lineup, with John Popadics (The Master’s), Josh Altmann (Olivet Nazarene), Nevant and Pollex each sparking a multi-hit ballgame. Those four combined for nine of the team’s hits and all four RBI, while Billy Arendt (Princeton), Karkenny, and Collins added a hit apiece.

Shortstop Cade Reiten finished the night as the only Buc with more than one hit, as his three were good enough for half of his team’s production at the plate. Grant Palmer, Dylan Butler, and Mark Kreuger added a base hit, but the Chinooks ultimately proved a bit too much for Anchorage to handle.

The Chinooks will march in the annual Bear Paw Festival Parade in Eagle River before their contest on Saturday night against the Mat-Su Miners. If you would like to visit the Chinooks booth during the Festival, you can find them at Booth #205 across the street from Garcia’s Restaurant.

The final game before a trip to Fairbanks will be Meet the Chinooks night at Loretta French, with the players signing autographs and kids running the bases after the game. First pitch is set for 7:00 pm.

Miners Outlast Chinooks Once Again in the Valley

Box Score PALMER – The Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks and the Matsu Miners combined for 20 runs on Thursday night at Herman Brothers Field as the home team came out on top  with a 13-7 win.  The Miners have had the Fish’s number this season winning nine out of 10 meetings.

Leading the charge for the Miners offensively was first basemen Hunter Simmons from the nine spot in the batting order as he drove in a game high 4 RBI with three singles in four at bats.  Cameron Frost also had three hits while Nick Blaser and Brandon Smith knocked in a pair of runs each.

The Miners would score all the runs they needed in the second and third innings off Chinooks starter Michael Fairchild.  Blaser filed his two RBI by tying the game at two a piece with a single to right field.  Simmons would give the Miners the lead for good by singling over the Chinooks infield that was playing to potentially cut down a base runner at home.  Five runs eventually came home in the second inning on five hits, and an error.

Simmons drove in two runs in the third inning and his fourth RBI of the game in the eighth as the Miners put the game out of reach.  The score would be 8-2 in advantage of the home club, but the offensive momentum would swing to the other dugout during the middle innings as the Chinooks climbed back to within two runs after inning number six.

The Chinooks were led offensively by Jon Popadics, who went 2-5 and drove in three of his team’s seven runs.  His first RBI came in the fourth inning when he beat out a close play at first base that forced Miners shortstop Paul Panaccione to make a nifty, barehanded toss.  Popadics made the score 8-6 just two innings later when he smacked a 2-run double to left-center field.  The Fish also had single RBIs from Jackson Cramer, Billy Arendt, Bret Collins, and Griffith Roark.  Cramer and Arendt also had multi-hit games along with Popadics.

Josh Morris relieved Miners starting pitcher Jon Ferrendelli after the Popadics double, and the Miners bullpen would stop the bleeding by combining on just two hits and one run over three-plus innings.

After the seventh innings stretch and two superb scoreless innings from Shane Armstrong, the Miners bats woke up and got to the Chinooks bullpen.  Three runs came home against Tim Knesnik in the seventh, and two more in the eighth off of Steve Wagar.

Despite allowing 13 runs, one bright spot for the Chinooks pitching staff would be how they handled one of the Alaska Baseball League’s top hitters, Jonny Locher.  Locher went 0-5 with four strikeouts for the Miners.  Fairchild fanned him three times and Armstrong would send him packing for the fourth time for the mystical “Golden Sombrero.”

The Miners have now captured four straight wins, but the Chinooks have dropped five in a row.  Fortunately, the ‘Nooks will have two games in front of their home crowd at Loretta French Park to right the ship or potentially face their longest losing streak of the year at seven.  The Anchorage Bucs will come to Chugiak on Friday night for a 7 pm first pitch.

Newell’s Walk Off Grand Slam Sinks Fish, Miners Win 5-3

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PALMER – The Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks fell 5-3 on Wednesday evening at Hermon Brothers Field, falling to the Mat-Su Miners 5-3. The Fish dropped their fourth consecutive ballgame, while the Miners have still lost just one league contest on their home field this season.

Chugiak-Eagle River got the scoring started in the top of the fourth when Steven Karkenny (The Master’s) drew a walk with two outs. West Virginia’s Jackson Cramer then strolled to the plate and one-hopped the wall in right center field to score Karkenny from first. The lead held until the bottom of the seventh inning, when Cameron Newell drew a bases-loaded walk to get the Miners on the scoreboard. It would be the first of two at-bats for Newell with the bases loaded, and he gave the home crowd reason to cheer both times.

Chinook starter Thomas Altimont (Abilene Christian) matched Mat-Su’s Ryan Hendrix almost pitch for pitch, as the two combined for 13 innings, one run, five hits, and 13 strikeouts. Of those, six strikeouts, three hits, and six innings belonged to Altimont, but neither starter picked up a decision despite strong outings from each.

Zach Freeman (New Mexico State) was the first man out of the Chinook bullpen, recording two outs and allowing a run before Lance Phillips entered the game. The Arkansas sidewinder overcame a walk and recorded the next four outs to keep things interesting heading into the final frame. For the Miners, Ryan Oglesby provided relief of Hendrix but gave up two runs and retired just one hitter.

Steve Pollex (Westmont) drew a walk to open the eighth, and Karkenny was hit by a pitch while trying to lay down a sacrifice bunt. Cramer again delivered a clutch base hit, plating Pollex to regain the Chinook lead. Mark Lindsay (San Francisco State) followed with a single of his own to give the Fish a 3-1 lead that looked like it would be enough to pull out the victory, but the bottom of the ninth provided a great deal of suspense.

Mat-Su’s Brandon Smith lined a one-out single before third baseman Terrence Connelly and shortstop Paul Panaccione drew back-to-back walks to load the bases. Newell again stepped into the batter’s box, worked ahead in the count, and smashed a home run over the right field wall to end the game and give his team the win. The long shot gave Newell his second grand slam against the Fish in as many games and kept him near the top of the ABL leaderboard.

Tell Taylor (Wisconsin-Milwaukee) was hit with his first loss of the summer after being the Chinook pitcher on the mound for the entire ninth inning, while Isaiah Terrazas’ was the Miner arm to benefit from Newell’s grand slam. With the loss, Chugiak-Eagle River’s current losing skid was extended to four, and Mat-Su picked up a game on the Anchorage Glacier Pilots in the ABL’s National League standings.

The same two teams will square off again on Thursday from Hermon Brothers Field in Palmer. First pitch is slated for 7:00 pm.

 

 

 

Chinooks Cannot Hold on to Early Lead, Fall 3-2 to Bucs

Box Score ANCHORAGE – The Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks returned to Mulcahy Field Monday night to face the Anchorage Bucs, but a few defensive bounces did not go in favor of the Fish and found the Bucs on the winning end of a 3-2 score.

In yet another one-run affair, it was a pitchers battle throughout the entire ballgame.  Coming off an eight inning winning decision in his last outing, Kyle McDorman had another stellar start for the Chinooks going six strong innings.  However, he would be handed another tough losing decision.  The Bucs sent Brandon Diaz to the hill, but he only lasted three innings.  Joie Dunyon picked up the winning decision as he relieved Diaz for four scoreless innings to act as a bridge to the back end of the Bucs bullpen.

The Bucs brought home single runs in three separate innings off of McDorman.  In the second inning, Grant Palmer drove in the first of his two RBIs on the night.  Working with a first and third situation in the fourth, Dylan Butler swiped second base and the throw down from Chinooks catcher AJ Derr wound up in center field allowing the runner to come home from third.

Palmer drove home the eventual winning run for the Bucs in the sixth inning.  Palmer was given the chance to hit in the inning with a two-out, dropped third strike that allowed the inning to continue and a runner to advance from second to third.

Both runs scored by the ‘Nooks came around in the top of the first inning to give McDorman some early run support before he even took the mound.  Billy Arendt walked to lead off the contest followed by an Altmann single.  Arendt scored on an error by Bucs shortstop Garrett Copeland on a ball batted by Kyle Conkle allowing Altmann to advance to third.  Steve Pollex hit next and scored Altmann on a sacrifice fly.

The Fish would squander scoring chances in the seventh with the tying run in scoring position and one out as well as in the ninth frame.  Arendt and Bret Collins, who replaced an injured Altmann in the sixth inning, each singled with one out and advanced to third on a Conkle ground out.  Pollex then walked to load the bases, but Devon Stewart would strike out Steve Karkenny to earn his second save of the season for the Bucs.

The loss is the third straight for the Chinooks, dropping them to 6-20 overall and a 1-5 record in one-run games.  They will recoup with a day off on Tuesday before seeing divisional-foe Mat-su in a two-game series in Palmer on Wednesday and Thursday.

 

 

Glacier Pilots Shut Out Chinooks at Mulcahy

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ANCHORAGE – The Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks fell in a 10-0 shutout on Sunday at Mulcahy Field, making them 2-6 on the season against the Anchorage Glacier Pilots. With the loss, the Fish now stand at 6-19 on the year, while the Pilots improved to 19-7.

Xavier right hander Dan Przeniczny (0-4) surrendered five base hits over his six innings of work, while striking out three and walking three more. Hillsdale College’s Shane Armstrong was on the wrong end of five runs in his only frame on the hill, but Kyle Conkle (North Alabama) overcame a single hit to record a scoreless eighth inning.

Pilot starter Cameron Pongs (5-1) pitched one of his strongest outings of the year, allowing just three hits over 6.1 innings. He issued just one free pass while striking out eight before turning things over to his bullpen. Tyler Fox gave up just one hit over the next 1.2 frames before Taylor Kaczmarek struck out two in the top of the ninth.

Individually, Steven Pollex (Westmont) was the only Chinook hitter with a multi-hit game and extended his hitting streak to eight games. Jonathan Popadics (The Master’s), Mark Lindsay (San Francisco State) and Griffith Roark (Oklahoma State) each added a base hit to give the team a total of five for the evening.

Anchorage’s Clayton Taylor regained the ABL’s lead in home runs (6) when he hit his fifth in the sixth inning, while teammate Nikko Saenz remains right on his heels. Kevin Viers stroked four base hits, including three for extra bases, whileTrevor Podratz lined his first deep ball of the season, and JJ Wagner drove in a pair of runs, as well. All nine Glacier Pilots recorded at list one hit, while six found more than one.

The Glacier Pilots are off on Tuesday, but the Chinooks return to Mulcahy Field with a different outcome in mind. First pitch against the Anchorage Bucs is slated for 7:00 pm.

 

 

 

 

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