Thank you from the Chinooks

As the fourth season of Alaska Baseball League play wraps up for the Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks, we would like to send out thank you’s to all the people that made the wheels go around around.  This summer could not be possible without all the help between our sponsors, host families, booster club, and countless volunteers.


First of all, we would like to recognize our extensive list of sponsors that back this team throughout the Chugiak-Eagle River community.

The Alaska Club

Healtwise Care Center

The Master’s College

Jalepeño’s Mexican Restaurant

Alaska Digline

Mat-Valley Federal Credit Union

Bella Vista

Edward Jones Financial Investments – Gavin Rueb

Chinook Roofing

Chugiak Senior Center

Northwest Carpet Company

The Crossing

Fred Meyer

Matanuska Telephone Association

Holland America

Conoco Phillips

Home Optics

Chugiak Volunteer Fire Department

Laborer’s Local 341

Matanuska Electric Company

CBS Sports

Northern Chiropractic

Capstone Family Medicine

British Petroleum

Eagle River Lions Club

Statewide Independent Living Counsel of Alaska

The Beck Family

The Beck Family

The Chinooks would like to give appreciation to our Marketing Director Katherine Singer for all she does around the calendar year to secure these sponsorships and relationships with local businesses.

We also would like to recognize our extensive list of host families who pour so much into the players each and every year:  Jay and Amy Belmear, Greg and Judy Upton, Scott and Karen Deplessis, Brad and Cathy Jorgensen, Brent and Ellen Koenen, Tim and Sena Nunley, Anthony and Marci Perry, the John Simms family, Sharon Trischler and family, Stacy Walker and family, Betty-Jo Worthington, Kristy Sanderson and family, and Chirsty McNeil and family.

Special thank you’s go along to our Booster Club president Lee Jordan, public address announcer Dave Stroh, Chinook Shack manager Bill Wadell, merchandise tent volunteer Betty-Jo Worthington, and team photographer Al Clemens.  Their hard work behind the scenes does not go without the thanks of everyone who attends games at Loretta French Park.

Lastly we would like to appreciate the entire Beck family, general manager Chris and Danielle as well as their sons Ryan, Jackson, and Ty “BB” Beck who make this whole organization possible.

Four Former Chinooks Selected in 2015 MLB Draft

The dream of playing professional baseball is made into a real possibility for young men all over the continent.  Between June 8 and 10 of 2015, four players that wore the Chinooks blue and red at Loretta French Park took one step closer to becoming future big leaguers by being selected in the 50th Major League Baseball Draft.  Their selections are as follows:

Drew Turbin

Drew Turbin

Daniel Salters

Daniel Salters











Daniel Salters – 13th Round, Cleveland Indians

2013 Chinooks, Dallas Baptist University

Drew Turbin – 14th Round, Baltimore Orioles

2012 & 2013 Chinooks, Dallas Baptist University

Steven Karkenny – 19th Round, Milwaukee Brewers

2012 & 2014 Chinooks, The Masters College

Josh Altmann – 22nd Round, Texas Rangers

2014 Chinooks, Olivet Nazarene University

Josh Altmann

Josh Altmann

Jason Karkenny

Jason Karkenny

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.


Be sure to give us a like!


Give us a follow!

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!


Live stats:

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



If you experience any issues or questions, contact the Chinooks Sports Information Directors by email at

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.