Chinooks Split Independence Day Doubleheader with Goldpanners

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CHUGIAK – The Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks salvaged a Fourth of July split on Friday, taking the second game of a twin bill from the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks. The Fish dropped the first of two seven-inning affairs 6-2 before holding on in the nightcap with a thrilling 9-8 victory.

On a comfortable sunny day when a parade and spectators flooded the Old Glenn Highway for a couple of hours, the Chinooks and Goldpanners were preparing to square off for the first time this season. It proved to be a perfect evening for baseball, and the two teams on the field would not disappoint.

Azusa Pacific right hander Michael Fairchild took the hill in the opener, surrendering four runs on six hits and three walks over his five innings of work. The first man out of the Chinook bullpen was Hillsdale College’s Shane Armstrong, who overcame a hit in the sixth for a scoreless frame before Tell Taylor (Wisconsin-Milawukee) allowed two unearned runs in the top of the seventh.

For the Goldpanners, Mike Benson toed the rubber and gave his team a strong performance for six solid innings. He gave up just one run on three hits before Torgen Soderlund hurled the bottom of the seventh. The Chinooks managed a couple of hits and a run on Soderlund, but the rally came up well short and the Panners claimed victory in their first 2014 game in Chugiak. Fairchild took the loss for Chugiak-Eagle River, while it was Benson picking up the win for the red and gold.

At the plate, five Chinook hitters were credited with a base hit, though Princeton’s Billy Arendt received the team’s only RBI. Tanner Pinkston and Cody Nulph each drove in a pair of runs for Fairbanks, while Brandon Caruso and Scott Hurst sparked multi-hit ballgames. It proved to be plenty of run support, as the Goldpanners held on for the win in the series opener.

The second game saw an increase in offensive fireworks, as the two clubs combined for 17 runs on 15 base hits and eight different pitchers. The Chinooks were hoping to salvage a split by picking up a victory, and they would do just that in an exciting nightcap.

The Fish again got on the scoreboard in the first inning, but their guests responded with a two-run top of the second and plated another run in the third. Chugiak-Eagle River cut the lead to 3-2 in the home half of the inning before the Panners added two more runs in the fifth.

The bottom of the fifth inning proved to be the difference maker, as the Chinooks sent 11 batters to the plate and managed to score seven times. The home nine carried a 9-5 lead into the seventh inning, but Fairbanks made it close, scoring three times in the final inning. When the final out was recorded, the Chinooks led 9-8, and the Fish Faithful on hand let out a collective sigh of relief.

Individually, Arendt had three base hits in four plate appearances, and Westmont College’s Steven Pollex hit a single off the right field wall that would have cleared had it been two feet higher. Pollex would add another hit before his day was through, while Jackson Cramer (West Virginia) and AJ Derr (Point Loma Nazarene) were the only other Chinooks to record a hit.

Caruso, Vahn Bozoian, and Hunter Villanueva combined for five hits, five RBI, and three walks to highlight the effort for the Panners. Three other Fairbanks hitters found a base knock, but the late rally attempt came up just short.

Goldpanner starter Joel Belk hurled lasted four innings before turning things over to the bullpen, but that’s when things went sour for the visitors. Andrew Buehler surrendered four runs and recorded just one out, and Russell Harmening only got out of the inning after allowing two more. Jayson Balades pitched a flawless bottom of the sixth, but the Chinooks didn’t need to send a man to the plate in the seventh.

Steven Wagar (Puget Sound) allowed three runs in his three innings of work, and North Alabama’s Kyle Conkle was the first Fish out of the left field bullpen. Conkle held the Panners scoreless in his lone frame, making him the only Chinook pitcher of the game to do so. Zach Freeman (New Mexico State) and Lance Phillips (Arkansas) struggled a bit over the game’s final three innings, but Freeman ultimately held on for his second victory of the year.

The Chinooks will host the Goldpanners in the rubber match of the series on Saturday, when Stony Brook right hander Timothy Knesnik will take the hill for the home team. First pitch from Loretta French is slated for 7:00 pm.

Chinooks Lose Lead Late, Fall to Oilers in Series Finale

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KENAI – The Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks fell to the Peninsula Oilers by a final of 5-4 on Thursday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park, giving the Fish their second loss in three days. The Chinooks now stand at 5-16 on the year, while the Oilers improved to 15-7 with the series victory.

The visiting Chinooks got the scoring started in the third inning with a single from Josh Altmann (Olivet Nazarene) before Kyle Conkle (North Alabama) drew a two-out walk to continue the inning. Back-to-back doubles from Westmont’s Steven Pollex and West Virginia’s Jackson Cramer made it a 3-0 advantage, but the Fish weren’t done.

Griffith Roark double in the fourth and came in to score on Altmann’s second base hit of the contest, but that was all they would get off Oilers pitching. The home team waited until the sixth inning to cross the plate, but when the Oilers opened the frame with a pair of baserunners, it seemed certain they would finally get on the board. After Jordan Sanford’s sac bunt and Mylz Jones reached on an error, the scoreboard read 4-1 in favor of the Fish, but the guests weren’t able to keep it that way for long.

Alex Hernandez launched a double that made it a one-run ballgame before the eighth inning undid the Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks for the final time in the Peninsula. Two unearned runs scored on a double by Alex Rubanowitz, giving the Oilers a 5-4 lead that held up after a 1-2-3 top of the ninth.

Individually, Altmann and Cramer each sparked a pair of base hits, Roark added an extra base hit, and Pollex finished with half of the team’s runs driven in. Rubanowitz paced the Oilers with three base hits, while he joined Hernandez to combine for four RBI.

On the hill, Abilene Christian’s Thomas Altimont surrendered two earned runs over five innings while issuing three walks and striking out four. Shane Armstrong (Hillsdale) surrendered an unearned run over the next two innings before New Mexico State’s Zach Freeman was on the wrong end of the pitching decision.

Freeman allowed two runs in the bottom of the eighth, but neither was earned because of a two-out error, but it didn’t prevent him from being hit with his fourth loss of the summer. Oilers starter Nick Rogowski gave up all four runs over five innings while issuing five walks before turning it over to the bullpen.

Cody Reiser recorded two perfect innings that featured two strikeouts before Nick Sheridan hurled a flawless eighth inning. Sheridan was the man on the hill when the winning run crossed the plate, helping him pick up the victory in the series finale. Jeff Paschke came in from right field to pitch in the ninth, and after the Chinooks went in order, he picked up his fourth save of the year.

The Chinooks return home on Friday, when they will host the Alaska Goldpanners in a Fourth of July doubleheader. First pitch from Loretta French Field is slated for 5:00 pm.

 

McDorman Goes 8+, ‘Nooks Snap Losing Streak

Box Score KENAI – Kyle McDorman delivered another solid start for the Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks on Wednesday night as the Fish snapped their seven game losing streak with  a 6-4 victory over the Peninsula Oilers.

McDorman looked a little rocky in the first inning by walking two and allowed a run that came home on an error.  He would settle in getting 20 of his 24 outs recorded among the infielders behind him.  He also got the offense behind him to aid the Charleston Southern University right hander to his first winning decision of the summer.

Steve Pollex tied the game at one in the second inning for his fourth home run of the year.  Chinooks catcher AJ Derr would record his first base hit with a lead-off double in the third inning, but he would be stranded at third base.  Steve Karkenny and Bret Collins walk to lead-off the fourth to be bunted over by Kyle Conkle.  A past ball by Oilers catcher Drake Zarate allowed Karkenny to score and take the lead for good for the Chinooks.

Second year Chinook Griffith Roark expanded the lead 5-1 with a three-run triple after Pollex and Derr walked to load the bases.  In the fifth inning, the Fish bats would add another run with another lead-off extra-base hit by Josh Altmann with a triple.  It looked like another runner stranded on the base paths with a pair groundouts with the Oilers infield drawn in, but Conkle would deliver a double down the right field line to get Altmann home.

Billy Arendt also had a stellar day at the plate for the Chinooks with his fourth straight multi-hit game from the leadoff spot for the Fish.  Altmann also had two hits from the second batting position to follow up his four hit night from the night before.

By the ninth inning, it looked like McDorman would have an easy finish by allowing just two hits only tossing 85 pitches entering the final frame.  The Oilers would finally figure out McDorman and got three runs in the ninth to make it a 6-4 game.  Among the hits for the Oilers were Zarate’s second hit of the game as the only player for the home team with multiple hits.

Chinooks pitching coach, Chris Beck, would make the move to the bullpen with one out by calling upon Lance Phillips to close out the win for the Fish.  Phillips would do his job and slam the door shut on the Oilers comeback to earn his first save of the season.

The Oilers and Chinooks will duel in a rubber match to conclude their three game series in Kenai on Thursday at 7 pm AKDT.  The Chinooks Thomas Altimont will take the ball for the ‘Nooks and no starter for the Oilers has been announced at this time.

Chinooks Fall in First Game Against Oilers

KENAI – In their first game in the Peninsula of the year, the Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks fell in their first game at Coral Seymour Memorial Park on Tuesday by a final score of 9-7. The Chinooks have now fallen in seven straight, while the Oilers picked up the victory in their ABL home opener.

The two clubs exchanged zeroes on the scoreboard for the game’s first five innings before Chugiak-Eagle River eventually drew first blood. Steven Karkenny (The Master’s) opened the frame with a double before Steven Pollex (Westmont) singled him over to third. North Alabama’s Kyle Conkle followed with a single of his own that plated Karkenny for the first run of the contest.

That lead would hold only until the next inning, as Jake Sandlin picked his second hit against the Fish in the biggest situation of the game. With the bases loaded and two outs, the Peninsula outfielder lined a ball over the head of Pollex in centerfield to empty the bases and give his team a 3-1 cushion. The Oilers added six more runs in their half of the eighth inning before the Fish struck for a six-run ninth highlighted by a number of walks.

Dan Przeniczny (Xavier) went 6.1 innings and surrendered just one run on four walks and six strikeouts before turning things over to the Chinook bullpen. Timothy Knesnik (Stony Brook) was saddled with the loss after allowing two runs over a third of a frame before Cornerstone’s Ryan Harris finished the ballgame in a mop-up role.

Oilers starter Jimmy Nesult countered with three strikeouts over his six innings but failed to pick up the victory after departing with his team trailing. Cody Richey was the man on the hill for the home team when they took the lead and didn’t look back, making him 3-1 on the season. Nolan Sheridan pitched a scoreless eighth inning before allowing a hit in the ninth that brought Mitchell Daugherty in before Tyler Gibson ultimately finished the game.

At the plate, middle infielders Billy Arendt (Princeton) and Josh Altmann (Olivet Nazarene) sparked three and four hits respectively for the Chinooks, while Karkenny and Conkle were the only other Fish with a multi-hit game. Sandlin and Alex Rubanowitz combined for four hits for the home nine, but four Peninsula Oilers finished their day with more than one RBI.

The Chinooks and Oilers will go at it again at Coral Seymour Memorial park on Wednesday, with first pitch slated for 7:00 pm. Wednesday is the second game of a three game series in the Chinooks’ lone trip to Kenai this season.

 

Fish Fall 5-4 to Pilots to Close Out Month of June

Box Score ANCHORAGE – The Chinooks looked like they would close the month of June with a victory over the Glacier Pilots on Sunday afternoon at Mulcahy Field, but the home team obviously had other plans with a 5-4 walk off win.

Chugiak-Eagle River held the lead from the third inning until the final play of the ball game.  In that third inning, Billy Arendt led off the inning with a triple and came home for the first run of the game on a Steve Karkenny double.  Karkenny came home on a pair of miscues by Pilots pitcher, Dylan Nelson.  A pickoff attempt ended up in center field which allowed Karkenny to advance to third base followed by a wild pitch that brought the second run of the inning home for the Chinooks.

Aside from his RBI double in the third, Karkenny also tripled in the first and fifth innings.  He would score in the fifth on a groundout by Jackson Cramer to make it 4-0 in favor of the Fish.  Steven Pollex and Kyle Conkle would also add two hits apiece over the course of the afternoon for the guest at Mulcahy.

Despite the four runs allowed by Nelson, the Pilots hurler ended his day after the fifth inning with nine strikeouts.  Cameron Pongs relieved Nelson in the sixth inning and would proceed to hold the ‘Nooks offense in check with four scoreless innings in route to the winning decision.  The two pitchers for the Pilots would hold the Chinooks to just one base hit out of eight opportunities with runners in scoring position (that was the before mentioned double by Karkenny).  This has been one category that has plagued the Chinooks over their now six game losing streak.

The Chinooks pitching tandem of Michael Fairchild and Shane Armstrong hurled eight strong inning to rival the Nelson and Pongs duo.  Despite 11 Pilot base hits and six walks combined, they were able to wiggle in and out of jams the entire contest.  The Pilots had bases loaded situations in the second inning and again in the fifth with no outs that would force the Chinooks to make the move to the bullpen and call upon Armstrong in relief of Fairchild.

The first batter Armstrong faced resulted in one of the strangest double plays anyone could see.  Trevor Podratz hit a line drive over the Chinooks left fielder Bret Collins that allowed Justin Protacio to score the first run for the Pilots, but Chester Pak slipped on the turf trying to score from second.  This caused a log jam at third base as Pak retreated, but Kevin Viers was at the same base as Chinooks catcher Geoff Murphy walked the throw to the plate back to third base where both runners stood.  Murphy proceeded to tag the lead runner Pak, but Viers left third base in an attempt to get away from the tag as well.  He then was caught in another run down for the second out on the play.  Armstrong would then strike out the next batter to get out of the inning.

Apart from another run in the sixth, relievers Armstrong and Pongs were in command of the game on the hill for their teams.  The bottom of the ninth would see the Pilots load the bases for the third time of the game on two walks and a hit-by-pitch from Armstrong.  The ‘Nooks then called upon Zach Freeman to get out of the jam.

Viers singled the first pitch out of the right hand of Freeman to make it a 4-3 score.  Then it was Podratz at the plate again for the Pilots.  With the infield drawn in to make the force-out at home plate, Podratz rolled over on an 0-2 pitch from Freeman to the Chinooks shortstop, Josh Altmann.  Altmann fielded it cleanly, but made a wide throw to the catcher Murphy at home allowing the runner to score easily and allow Pak to redeem himself on his earlier base running blunder as he came home to score the winning run for the Glacier Pilots.

The Chinooks are now 2-5 head-to-head with the Pilots.  Four of the five losses have come in the final at-bats, and four out of five have come by a combined five runs.

Through 18 games in the month of June, the Chinooks take a 4-14 record on the road Tuesday to Kenai to square off against the Peninsula Oilers on July 1.

Miners’ Offense Explodes to Rout Chinooks 14-3

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CHUGIAK - Just one day after a pitcher’s duel with the Mat-Su Miners, the Chinooks fell in a blowout 14-3 loss at the hands of the same squad. The Chinooks have now suffered five straight losses and stand at 4-13 on the summer, while the Miners remain in first place in the ABL’s National League with a 12-4 record.

Mat-Su scored early and often against the Fish on Saturday, crossing the plate in six different innings. Right hander Jon Ferrendelli pitched 6.2 innings and allowed just one earned run before Jonathan Reid and Josh Morris combined to pitch the final 2.1 frames. With the victory, Ferrendelli now stands at 3-0 on the campaign.

Thomas Altimont (Abilene Christian) was on the wrong end of things for the Fish, surrendering six earned runs over the game’s first five innings. Steven Wagar (Puget Sound) was the first man out of the bullpen, and the Miners didn’t miss a beat offensively, as Cam Newell launched a grand slam that put the Chinooks away for good. Lance Phillips (Arkansas) gave up just one earned run over his two innings before Zach Freeman (New Mexico State) pitched a scoreless ninth.

At the plate, Newell’s grand slam highlighted the offensive outburst for the Miners, while Billy Arendt (Princeton) paced the Chinooks. Arendt went 2-4 with a single, a double and two RBI, while shortstop Josh Altmann (Olivet Nazarene) was the only other Fish hitter to record an extra base hit.

Mat-Su will put their five game win streak on the line on Sunday when they host the Peninsula Oilers in a doubleheader at Hermon Brothers field. The Chinooks will travel to Anchorage to take on the Glacier Pilots in an effort to snap a five game skid. First pitch from Mulcahy Field is set for 4:00 pm.

 

 

 

 

Chinooks on the short end of a Pitcher’s Duel at Loretta French

Box Score CHUGIAK – Friday night’s starting pitchers would combine on 13 innings, only allowing seven hits and 3 runs as the Matsu Miners outlasted the Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks with a 4-1 final score.

The Miners would get the first run of the ballgame in the 2nd inning off of ‘Nooks starter Kyle McDorman would deliver a wild pitch that allowed Nick Senzel to scamper home for the visitors. However, McDorman would be sharp through seven innings without allowing a walk and sitting down the Miners in order in innings number four, six, and seven.

His counterpart, Ryan Hendrix, kept the Chinooks offense in check the entire six innings he spent on the hill for the Miners. Hendrix struck out four and walked two in route to his first winning decision of the 2014 campaign. His lone blemish came in the bottom of the fourth inning when Steve Pollex punished his third home run of the year over the right-center field fence.

Mitchell Nau was quick to answer Pollex’s bomb when the Miners catcher led off the very next inning with a solo homer of his own to make give the Miners a 2-1 lead. Matsu would not relinquish the lead after that, and that at bat would be the deciding factor that made Kyle McDorman the tough-luck loser on the pitchers mound.

In the eighth inning, the Chinooks turned to Tim Knesnik in his first appearance of the season for the Fish. Cameron Frost and Paul Panaccione would welcome him to the Alaska Baseball League with back-to-back doubles to add a third run on the scoreboard for the Miners. Senzel added a fourth run for the Miners with a solo home run in the top of the ninth.

A pivotal situation in the ballgame came in the bottom of the sixth inning. Looking to tie the game again was Pollex with Jon Popadics standing on third base. An 0-2 pitch from Hendrix would go to the backstop and Popadics would come home for what was thought to be the tying run, but the play was called dead when the umpire revealed that the pitch hit the batter Pollex which forced Popadics back to his post at third base.

Popadics would be part of another offensive threat for the Chinooks in the eighth inning when he and Griffith Roark hit back-to-back singles. Popadics would force a pickoff throw from Miners reliever Hayden Howard that would trickle into left field and allow Popadics to third. However, Howard would shut the door on the ‘Nooks rally by striking out Steve Karkenny and Pollex to retire the side.

Inning number nine would prove to be too litte, too late for the Chinooks. Vince Arobio came to the mound for the Miners in search of his fourth save of the year when Jackson Cramer would get a two-out double past the diving attempt of Brandon Smith in left field followed by a walk by Geoff Murphy. Mark Lindsay would then fly out to close the ballgame.

The Chinooks fall to 4-12 on the season and the Miners improve to 11-4. The same two ball clubs will convene at Loretta French Park on Saturday night at 7 pm to wrap up the Healthy Alaskans Doubleheader.

Pilots Sweep Rainy Twin Bill over ‘Nooks

Box Score 1 Box Score 2 CHUGIAK – The Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks were swept by the Anchorage Glacier Pilots in a cold doubleheader on Thursday, falling 3-2 in the opener and 4-2 in the nightcap. The Pilots now own the season series between the two clubs, taking four of 2014’s six meetings against the Chinooks.

The first game was rescheduled after being rained out on Monday before being forced back another hour so the Chinooks could prepare Loretta French Field for game action. On a night when Chugiak High School celebrated their 50th anniversary at the park, the two teams played two seven-inning ballgames that provided another pair of close contests.

In one of the lowest scoring games of the year, North Alabama’s Kyle Conkle and Boston College’s Geoff Murphy each found a pair of base hits, while Steven Karkenny (The Master’s) was credited with the team’s only RBI. Trevor Podratz, Chester Pak, and Clayton Taylor each provided a hit for the visiting Glacier Pilots, but that proved to be enough offense to back the pitching staff.

On the hill, Anchorage turned to Drew Morovick lasted five innings, surrendering five base hits and two runs while issuing four walks and striking out two in his first victory of the summer. Fred Schlictholtz hurled a flawless sixth before Justin Dellinger closed the door in the seventh to pick up his first save of the ABL.

For the Chinooks, Dan Przenicny (Xavier) pitched 5.1 innings of one-hit baseball while allowing one earned run before giving way to the bullpen. Lance Phillips (Arkansas) recorded the final five outs, allowing two hits and fanning a pair.

The Fish got on the scoreboard first in Game Two, but the Pilots responded with a run in the third and another in the fourth. Chugiak-Eagle River managed to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth, but it was short lived, as Anchorage plated the game’s final two runs in the final frame.

Steve Pollex sparked two base hits and now has hit safely in ten of his last eleven games, but just two other Chinooks were able reach first base safely. Jonathan Papodics (The Master’s) and Bret Collins (Vanguard) combined with Pollex to do all the damage in the nightcap, but the Fish still kept the game close.

Pak and Podratz again did the damage for the Pilots, combining for four base hits, an RBI and a run scored. Shaun Wood hauled in the final hit of the game for the visitors, and Anchorage held on for their second victory of the day.

Glacier Pilot starter Cameron Blanchard allowed five runs over his five innings before reliever Grant Gunning allowed two runs while recording just two outs. Dellinger came on in the bottom of the sixth when the Chinooks had the go-ahead run in scoring position, but he managed to wiggle his way out of the jam. When his offense got him two runs an inning later, Dellinger then became eligible for his first victory.

Cornerstone’s Ryan Harris received the starting nod for the Chinooks, hurling three innings and surrendering a lone unearned run. Shane Armstrong (Hillsdale) and Thomas Altimont (Abilene Christian) combined for the next three innings, allowing one run and issuing a total four strikeouts.

Zach Freeman (New Mexico State) was on the wrong end of the decision for the third time this year after surrendering two runs in the seventh. The Chinooks went down in order in the bottom half of the inning, giving Dellinger his first win just a few hours after picking up his first save.

The Chinooks will now turn their attention to the Mat-Su Miners, who will come calling on Friday and Saturday. Both games are slated for 7:00 pm start times from Loretta French Field.

Miners Have the ‘Nooks Number Again

Box Score PALMER – For the third straight ball game, the Matsu Miners found the win column Tuesday night with a 10-4 win over the Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks at Herman Brothers Field.

A parade of extra-base hits in the early innings and a pair of home runs off Miners lumber ultimately did the Chinooks in.  Matt Decker doubled to left-center field to break a 1-1 tie in the third inning.

The Miners would not look back from there.  Nick Senzel would knock in Decker two batters later to make it a 3-1 game, and Nick Blaser would single home Senzel to score the fourth run of the game for Matsu.

The Chinooks would make a serious threat in the fifth inning when they loaded the bases against Miners starting pitcher, Kyle Serrano.  Jackson Cramer would walk in a run and would be the last batter before the Miners opted to bring in Ryan Oglesby in relief.  His first opponent would be Kyle Conkle, who would be hit by the first pitch to bring in a second run and making it a 4-3 game in favor of the Miners.

Michael Fairchild took the mound to start the game for the Chinooks and allowed the first four runs on seven base hits.  Shane Armstrong would follow with two scoreless innings and allowed one run in the sixth frame.  Jordan Rodgers singled to center bringing in Senzel who slid behind the tag at home on a ball thrown from Chinook center fielder, Steve Pollex.

In the seventh inning, Cameron Newell would launch a solo home run, his second in as many games against the Chinooks.  The score would become 8-3 just a few batters later when Senzel would hit a run-run blast, accumulating his third of three hits on the night.

Two more runs would come home for Matsu in the eighth inning with a tuple from Cameron Frost to drive in Rodgers followed by a Newell single.  Newell would record his sixth multi-hit game and better his second best batting average in the Alaska Baseball League.

The Chinooks would load the bases again in the ninth inning with a hit-by-pitch, walk, and a single by Steve Karkenny.  Cramer would groundout to bring a run home, but the Chinooks late rally would fall short with a 10-4 final score.

Fairchild took the loss for the Chinooks as the team falls to 4-9 overall on the 2014 season.  The win would be rewarded to Oglesby for his first win of the season with an inning and a third in scoreless relief for the Miners, who remain in first place in the National League of the ABL at 10-4.

Chugiak’s Loretta French Park will be the location of the next contest for the Chinooks.  After an off day on Wednesday, the Chinooks will play a doubleheader on Thursday with the Anchorage Glacier Pilots to make up Tuesday’s rain out.  The first game gets underway at 4 pm.

Fish Sink Pilots in Summer Solstice Showdown at Mulcahy

 

Box Scoremulcahy ANCHORAGE – The Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks defeated the Anchorage Glacier Pilots 8-5 in a thriller at Mulcahy Field on Saturday night, improving to 4-8 overall in 2014. With the loss, the Pilots dropped out of first place in the ABL’s National League and now stand at 7-5.

On Friday, it was the Chinooks that struck first with a big inning but ultimately fell thanks to a walk off sac fly by Ray Guerrini. On Saturday, however, with the same two teams at the same field, the roles couldn’t be more reversed.

The home team got the scoring started early, taking advantage of a catcher’s obstruction call and a close payoff pitch that missed just out of the zone. Anchorage carried a 4-0 lead into the second inning after left fielder Shaun Wood launched a bases-loaded double off the Chinooks’ starter. Kyle McDorman (Charleston Southern) settled down after the first frame, surrendering just one more run on a solo blast by Clayton Taylor in the sixth inning.

McDorman’s day ended after six innings, four hits, two walks, four strikeouts, and a 5-0 deficit, but that was only the beginning for the Fish. Tell Taylor (Wisconsin-Milwaukee), Ryan Harris (Cornerstone), and Steven Wagar (Puget Sound) each hurled a scoreless inning out of the bullpen, combining for six strikeouts and zero walks.

The eighth inning saw the Chinook offense come to life for the first time of the contest, as four runs came across to score. Mark Lindsay (San Francisco State) was hit by a pitch to open the frame before West Virginia’s Jackson Cramer followed with a single. Billy Arendt (Princeton) then reached on a fielder’s choice, and Olivet Nazarene shortstop Josh Altmann walked to load the bases. Griffith Roark (Oklahoma State) laced a base hit to plate the first Chinook run, Geoff Murphy (Boston College) sparked an RBI groundout, and Westmont’s Steven Pollex hit a two run double.

It only seemed fitting that the Chinooks and Glacier Pilots would end up deciding things in the ninth inning, but Chugiak-Eagle River made sure that Saturday night didn’t end up with the same result as the night before. With two outs in the final frame, Cramer clobbered a double over the head of Chester Pak in center. Arendt followed with a double of his own to score the tying run, and Altmann was hit by a pitch that forced a pitching change. Roark recorded another base hit, and two errors helped give the Chinooks their second consecutive four-run inning.

When the Chinooks tied the game in the ninth, Pilot starter John York was suddenly no longer eligible for the victory after making easy work of the Fish through the game’s first five innings. Max Karnos struck out two over the next two frames, but Kyle Bovy surrendered the first four runs that allowed the Chinooks the momentum to claw their way back. Once Taylor Kaczmarek went from a save situation to a blown save, Cameron Pongs was called on for the final out.

Wagar was able to hold on for the Chinooks’ first save of the year, as Harris picked up his first victory in the Alaska Baseball League. Taylor Kaczmarek was hit with a blown save and a loss for the Glacier Pilots, but the Summer Solstice Showdown proved to be filled with excitement until the game’s final pitch. Overall, the Chinooks posted ten hits, highlighted by Roark’s three, while Cramer and Bret Collins (Vangaurd) each finished with a multi-hit game, as well. Wood was the only Pilot with more than one base hit, and he also drove in three of the team’s five runs.

The Anchorage Glacier Pilots will now head to Hermon Brothers Field in Palmer on Sunday to take on the new division-leading Mat-Su Miners. The Chinooks have the day off on Sunday before hosting the Pilots at Loretta French at 7:00 on Monday evening.

 

 

Five-run 1st Inning not enough for Chinooks to stop losing skid

Box Score ANCHORAGE – The Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks put up five runs in the opening frame of action against the Glacier Pilots at Mulcahy Field on Friday night, but the home team would come back to win in walk-off fashion.

It was the second contest between the two squads over the course of three days.  The Chinooks were coming off of their first off day of the season while the Pilots suffered a tough loss to the Mat-su Miners the night before.  It was a back-and-forth affair between the two squads back on Wednesday, and their latest matchup followed the same script.  However, this time around the Chinooks had their skipper, Jon Groth, back at the helm who returned to Alaska following minor surgery.

Chinooks’ center fielder Steven Pollox led off the ballgame with his second home run on the season that landed beyond the left field wall.  Jackson Cramer of West Virginia would tack on three more runs for the visitors with a bases-loaded, bases-clearing double to the alley in left-center field.  Cramer would eventually score on a groundout by Josh Altmann (Olivet Nazarene Univ.) that would make it a 5-run first for the Fish.

The Pilots eventually struck back with 6 runs of their over a span of four innings.  Two rans came across in the bottom of the 1st inning.  With two outs in the 3rd, the Pilots’ Shawn Wood would lace a triple to dead center field that brought home two runners, and Collin Theroux would double Wood home to tie the game at 5.

The Pilots would take their first lead of the game in next inning that started with a single from Justin Protacio, and then forcing Chinooks’ starter Dan Przeniczny from the ballgame.  Shane Armstrong of Hillsdale College would come to the mound and had the go ahead run pass while he was on the hill.  Since Przeniczny was responsible for the runner Protacio, the earned run was charged to the pitcher from Xavier.

His offense would get him off the hook for a losing decision when the ‘Nooks struck for a run in the 5th and 6th innings to take a 7-6 lead.  On the other side of the card, Armstrong would toss three scoreless innings before Nikko Saenz would strike again against the Chinooks with his second home run in as many games versus Chugiak-Eagle River.  This time it was a solo shot to tie things up for the third time in the contest after 7 innings.

Lance Phillips would throw a scoreless 8th for the Chinooks, and Zach Freeman took the ball for the Fish in the 9th.  With one out, Saenz would start the offense for the Pilots again with a single, Nate Nolan then doubled putting runners at second and third, forcing Freeman to intentionally walk Wood to put the double play into effect.

For the second straight game, the Pilots called upon a pinch hitter to become the hero off of Freeman.  This time it was Ray Guerrini who lifted an 0-2 pitch into deep left field, deep enough to score Saenz from third base and award the Pilots a walk-off win.

Chandler Blanchard picked up the winning decision and Zach Freeman would take the loss moving his record to 1-2.  All three of his decisions have come in games against the Anchorage Glacier Pilots.  The Chinooks have now lost 4 straight ballgames, two in a row to the Pilots, and now have a 3-8 record overall.

The same two teams will tangle at Mulcahy Field on Saturday night in the Summer Solstice Showdown.  First pitch is tabbed for 10 pm AKDT.

 

Pilots defeat Chinooks 11-6 on Military Appreciation Night

IMG_0485Box Score CHUGIAK – With a small army of active and former members of the U.S. Military on hand, the Chinooks fell to the Anchorage Glacier Pilots by a final of 11-6 on Wednesday at Loretta French Field. The Fish have now lost three in a row and stand at 1-5 in Alaska Baseball League action, while the Pilots’ 4-2 record in league play is tops in the National League.

More than 20 veterans from WWII, Vietnam, and Desert Storm lined up with the Chinooks on the third base side of the field, providing the Fish with the opportunity to thank them for their service. Each military branch was represented, and the Alaska Military Youth Academy took up half a section in the third base bleachers. A glorious National Anthem was performed, and Brigadier General Catherine Jorgensen hurled a perfect first pitch. The stage was set for an exciting night of baseball, and the two teams on the field would not disappoint.

Azusa Pacific’s Michael Fairchild got the starting nod for the Chinooks and responded by giving his club the chance to strike first after setting down the Pilots in order in the opening frame. Chugiak-Eagle River did just that, as Notre Dame’s James Nevant laced a triple to right center before Bret Collins (Vanguard) brought him in to give the home team their only lead of the game.

The 1-0 score wouldn’t hold for long, as Anchorage responded with a run of their own in the second inning. The ‘Nooks got another hit from Collins in the fourth, and after a sac bunt and a deep flyout to right, Princeton’s Billy Arendt drove him in with the second single of the inning. The fifth saw the Glacier Pilots respond in a big way, as outfielder Chester Pak stroked a bases-loaded triple before scoring four pitches later.

The home half of the fifth continued to keep those in attendance on the edge of their seats, as AJ Derr (Point Loma Nazarene), Griffith Roark (Oklahoma State) and Nevant each found ways to score. Each team plated a run in the eighth, and it was clear that the battle between the two clubs would not be easily won for either party.

Anchorage finally had enough of the back-and-forth, however, as five runs crossed the plate in the top half of the final frame. Highlighting the late inning effort was Nikko Saenz, who launched a pinch-hit three-run home run. Zach Freeman (New Mexico State) was on the wrong end of the Pilots’ big ninth, and the right hander was hit with his first loss of the summer. Fairchild allowed five runs over four innings before turning things over to Shane Armstrong (Hillsdale) and ultimately Freeman.

Nevant, Collins, and Cornerstone University’s Nick Covello combined for seven hits and four RBI for the home nine, while Pak’s four hit day and Saenz’ homer highlighted the effort for the visiting Glacier Pilots. The game featured 17 runs, 25 hits, and flawless defense, treating those that packed the park to a contest that easily lived up to its’ expectations.

Starter Dylan Nelson went 4.2 innings for the Pilots, surrendering five earned runs on six hits while striking out five and walking three. Taylor Kaczmarek and Tylor Megill combined for the next 2.2 frames before Cameron Pongs picked up the win for Anchorage after recording the final five outs of the game and benefitting from the offensive eruption.

Chugiak-Eagle River has their first scheduled off day of the summer on Thursday before returning to action on Friday against the Glacier Pilots in Anchorage. First pitch from Mulcahy Field is slated for 7:00 pm.

Errors plague the Chinooks early, fall to Miners at Home

Box Score CHUGIAK – On Tuesday night at Loretta French Park, the Chinooks fell 13-2 to the Mat-su Miners, who scored double digits for the second straight night.

The Chinooks offense managed to gather 12 hits off of three different Miners pitcher, but stranded 12 runners on the base paths.  Steve Pollex of Westmont College had his third consecutive multi-hit performance while Cornerstone University’s Nick Covello and Billy Arendt of Princeton each recorded three-hit nights.

It seems as if hits were plentiful, but that one big hit to get the offense going could not be found.  Much of this was due to crafty pitching by winning pitcher Jon Ferrendelli, Seve Romo, and Josh Grissom for the squad from Mat-su.

On a night that pushed the start of the game back nearly an hour, when it rained it certainly poured for the Miners at the plate.  They managed 13 runs and did so on 15 base hits.  However, four errors by the Chinooks in the first three frames helped set the table as Mat-su got out to an early 3-0 lead.

Inning number four would be considered the turning point of the game that put things out of reach early.  Miners catcher Mitchell Nau of Texas A&M delivered a one-out solo home run on a line drive to left field.  Just four batters later, Cam Newell yanked a 2-0 pitch over the right field fence to put the Miners ahead 7-0 at the time.

The Miners would fail to score only in second and fifth innings.  The ‘Nooks on the other hand would score in the sixth and ninth innings on a fielder’s choice ground out by Jackson Cramer and a single from Vanguard’s Bret Collins.

Mat-su moves to 5-3 overall on the season and will host the San Francisco Seals in Palmer, AK tomorrow night.  The Chinooks (3-6) turn their attention to another division foe in the Anchorage Glacier Pilots.  That game will be a 7 pm AKDT first pitch and it will be Military Appreciation Night at Loretta French Field.

Miners Offense Erupts, ‘Nooks Fall 15-6

PALMER – The Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks fell to the Mat-Su Miners for the first time in league action on Monday by a final score of 15-6. The Chinooks dropped to 3-5 overall and 1-3 in league play with the loss, while the Miners went to 4-3, including a 2-2 mark in the ABL.

Shane Armstrong received the starting nod for the Fish but would last just 1.1 innings against a powerful Miners offense. The Chinooks struck first on the scoreboard, but Mat-Su posted a six-run first before following with a five run-second. The Fish again attempted a rally in the ninth, posting two runs before being erased.

Chugiak-Eagle River cut into the lead a bit in the fifth, getting their final three runs of the contest. The Miners put their finishing touches on the victory in the sixth inning, as four crossed the plate to make it 15-4. Right hander Adam Oller pitched five innings for the home team and qualified for the victory before turning things over to the Miner bullpen.

At the plate, Westmont University’s Steven Pollex laced three singles, while fellow outfielder James Nevant (Notre Dame) and catcher Mark Lindsay (San Fransisco State) combined for five more hits. Nick Covello drove in the first run of the game for the third straight night and ended up with a single and a double. Six different Chinooks scored a run as the team racked up an even dozen hits in the loss.

The Fish and Miners return to action on Tuesday evening, when they will square off at Loretta French Field for the first time in league play. Matanuska Electric will sponsor Kids’ Night, and details can be found on the Chinooks’ website. First pitch is slated for 7:00 pm.

Three-run 9th inning moves Chinooks past Pilots

Box Score ANCHORAGE – The Chinooks headed back to Mulcahy Field for the second day in a row, but this time came out on top 4-1 against the Anchorage Glacier Pilots.

This game would be a pitchers duel through and through. Kyle McDorman threw seven strong innings for Chugiak-Eagle River. Three of the six hits he would surrender came in the bottom of the second inning when the Pilots loaded the bases thanks to singles from Ray Guerrini, Clayton Taylor, and Trevor Podratz. McDorman would get Shaun Wood to bounce to first for a 3-2 double play. The second out came with a tag at home plate to keep the Pilots off the board.

The Pilots next threat would come during inning number four when Taylor and Podratz would get back-to-back singles with two outs. That would put runners at the corners for Wood, who dropped a single into shallow center to get the first run of the game home for Anchorage. McDorman would then send 10 straight batters back to the bench on the hill for the Chinooks.

John York received the starting nod for the Glacier Pilots and went a scoreless 4 and 1/3 innings before being lifted from a bases loaded jam. Anchorage native Max Karnos would get a double-play ball to get out of the inning with no damage done.

Karnos would continue to shut down the Chinooks offense, working with a 1-0 lead, until the top of the eighth inning. Bret Collins got aboard on a walk, then stole second base. Kyle Conkle grounded out to advance Collins to third. Nick Covello took a 2-0 pitch to deep center that would be caught, allowing Collins to come home to tie the game at two runs each.

Just one night after a walk-off grand slam shot down the Pilots, the last at-bat for their opponent would be their undoing yet again.

The ‘Nooks would get to Karnos again by scoring three runs in the top of the ninth inning. AJ Derr led things off with a walk and went second to third on a single by Griffith Roark. The bases were loaded after a pitch from Karnos hit Steve Pollex. James Nevant smacked a 375-foot single over the head of Wood in center field. This only plated one run, but Collins would follow this up with a sac fly and Conkle would drive home a third run on an infield single that made the score 4-1 in favor of the visiting Chinooks.

Zach Freeman pitched the final two frames for the Chinooks and picked up the victory. The loss would go to Max Karnos.

The Chinooks (3-4 overall) will play their next two against the Mat-su Miners. Monday night will be in Palmer at Hermon Brothers Field and then back at Loretta French on Tuesday. Both games start at 7 pm. Glacier Pilots (4-3 overall) play their stadium-mates, the Bucs, on Monday at Mulcahy before seeing the ‘Nooks again on Wednesday.

Upcoming Events at Loretta French: June 15-21

Upcoming Events at Chinooks’ Games

Tuesday, June 17 VS Mat-Su Miners:

Kids’ Day sponsored by Matanuska Electric

  • ALL kids 12 and under can register for a bike giveaway FREE OF CHARGE
  • Two (2) bikes will be given one (one boy’s bike, one girl’s bike)
  • Lots of other giveaways and prizes
  • Kids can run the bases after the game!

Wednesday, June 18 VS Anchorage Glacier Pilots:

A Salute to Our Armed Forces

  • First 500 fans through the gate will win a FREE hot dog courtesy of Chugiak-Eagle River Legislative Delegation
  • Brigadier General Catherine Jorgensen will throw out the first pitch
  • Recruiters from each brand of the Military and cadets from the Alaska Military Youth Academy will be present.
  • The Alaska Army National Guard is providing a bounce house, rock wall, and obstacle course!
  • Some proceeds will go to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project

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.

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” – Hebrews 12:1

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Pair of HR Help Bucs Take Second Straight From Fish

ANCHORAGE – The Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks (2-4, 0-2 ABL) dropped their second straight game to the Anchorage Bucs on Saturday night, falling 5-1 at Malcahy Field. The Bucs (5-2, 2-0 ABL) have now taken a game at each team’s home field from the Chinooks.

Vanguard University’s Bret Collins singled three times on Saturday evening, highlighting the offensive effort for the Fish. Cornerstone’s Nick Covello drove in the only run of the contest for the visitors on an RBI groundout in the first inning.

Five other Chinooks found base hits, but the Bucs tied the game in the fourth inning. Anchorage eventually pulled away after two run homers from Gage West and Cade Reiten in the home sixth. Despite a strong performance from Trevor Lacosse, the Buc starter left after the fourth inning with an apparent injury, making him ineligible for the victory.

That stat went to Devon Stewart, as was the man on the hill when Anchorage took the lead for good. Stewart hurled four innings without allowing a run before turning it over to Joie Dunyon for the final frame. The Chinooks looked to be building a rally, but Dunyon got some help from right fielder Tyler Ware and the Bucs ultimately held on for the victory.

Chugiak-Eagle River’s Dan Przecnizny (Xavier University) countered with four strong innings of his own. University of Puget Sound right hander Steven Wagar pitched the fifth, but his second inning of work didn’t last as long. Wagar ended up being hit with the ‘Nooks second loss in league play before Zach Freeman (New Mexico State University) and Lance Phillips (University of Arkansas) combined for the final seven out.

The Bucs will now turn their attention to the Mat-Su Miners, as the two squads will square off at 2:00 from Mulcahy Field on Sunday afternoon. The Chinooks, meanwhile, will see the Anchorage Glacier Pilots at 7:00 at the same stadium.

Bucs raid Loretta French, win 6-1 over Chinooks

Box score CHUGIAK – On the opening night of official league play for the Chinooks (2-3), the Anchorage Bucs (4-2) took the win at Loretta French Park on Friday night.

The Chinooks offense would get its only contribution to the scoreboard on the second pitch of the bottom of the first inning.  Jimmy Lambert, the Bucs starting pitcher, left a fat one right over the plate for Steve Pollex who punished the ball high over the fence in right-center field.

Lambert would go on to shut down the Chinooks offense surrendering just two more base hits, not allowing any Chinooks touch second base.  After Bret Marks came on to relieve Lambert in the fifth inning, the trend would continue.  The Fish would not string together multiple base hits in an inning until the sixth when Bret Collins and Nick Covello would single, and Mark Linsday walked to load the bases.  Next came Griffith Roark with the bases loaded and two outs, but Marks would get him to fly out to left field.

Michael Fairchild made the start for Chugiak-Eagle River.  He made it through the Bucs order in order the first time through, but the fourth inning would be all the offense the Bucs would need.  Garrett Copeland and Cabe Reiten would single to start off the inning followed by a third single from Andy Crowly to tie the game at one run apiece.

The big knock came from Mark Krueger.  The Bucs first basemen would launch a 3-run homer off of Fairchild to make it a 4-1 advantage for the visitors.  And that is the score that would be seen on the scoreboard for much of the game until inning number nine.

The first two hitters drew walks off of Shane Armstrong, who relieved Fairchild in the sixth inning, followed by a fielder’s choice that put runners at the corners.  Mac Gridley would then strike out for the second out of the inning, but Chane Lynch was off running on the pitch that drew a throw from Chinooks catcher Mark Lindsay.  Lynch would get the stolen base allowing a run to come home for Anchorage.  The next batter would find open pasture on the right side of the infield allowing Lynch to come on home to make it a 6-1 lead for the Bucs.

In the bottom of the ninth innings, the Chinooks opened up the inning with a pair of walks by Billy Arendt and Josh Altmann.  They were able to work their way into scoring position, but Brandon Diaz of the Bucs slammed the door shut and finalized the victory for the Bucs.

Same two teams meet Saturday night in Anchorage.  First pitch is set for 7 pm AKDT.

‘Nooks hold off late rally by Miners for first victory in 2014

Box Score PALMER – The Chugiak-Eagle Chinooks (1-2) find the win column on Wednesday night with a 9-5 victory over the Mat-su Miners (2-1) to wrap up a series of four scheduled non-league games.  Tuesday’s game slated between the two clubs was waived off due to rain that fell over much of south-central Alaska, forcing a rematch back at Herman Brothers Field.

Jon Ferrendelli took the ball for the Miners, and he met an already surging Chinooks offense.  After walking James Nevant and hitting Bret Collins with one out in the top of the 1st inning, cleanup hitter, Kyle Conkle, singled to right field plating Nevant for the first run of the game.  Ferrendelli would then strike out Billy Arendt followed by a single off the bat of Jackson Cramer that would score Collins.  2-0 Chinooks.  Geoff Murphy drew a two-out walk followed up by a Griffith Roark rocket to right field that scored Conkle.  This concluded a 3-run opening frame for the Fish that saw all nine men in the order face Ferrendelli.

The bottom of the 1st inning was the Alaska Baseball League debut for righty Kyle McDorman.  Miners center fielder, Cameron Frost, legged out a dribbler between the mound and third base for an infield single before he was erased on a fielder’s choice hit by Dan Wunderlich.  The Miners then put runners at the corners when Nick Senzel got one under the glove of Jackson Cramer at first base.  Hunter Simmons drove in the lone Miners run for the first eight innings with a groundout to second baseman Griffith Roark.

The Chinooks offense added another run in the 2nd and 4th innings before roughing up Wasilla, Alaska native, Josh Grissom, with four runs in the 6th.  Collins recorded the 3rd of his three hits to lead off the inning, then Arendt would draw a one-out walk.  Cramer then plugged the left-center gap over the heads of the Miners outfielders who played shallow defense on the hefty left-handed slugger.  That would score Collins easily form second base and Arendt all the way from first.

Two walks, a single by Roark, and three wild pitches in a row by Grissom allowed two more runs to scamper home for Chugiak-Eagle River forcing another pitching change for Mat-su.  They turned to another Wasilla gent, Jonathan Boyer, who froze the Chinook rally with first-pitch 4-6-3 twin killer.  Boyer would go on to toss 2 and 2/3 scoreless innings for the Miners.

On the other side of the scorecard, the Chinooks rode the right arms of McDorman, Lance Phillips, Shane Armstrong, and Zach Freeman through the entire contest.  McDorman allowed the one hit by Frost in the first, but would shut down the Miners the next three innings seeing just one over the minimum during that period.

Phillips (1-0) would pick up the winning decision working the 5th and 6th innings while allowing just one base hit.  Shane Armstrong followed that up with a 1-2-3 7th and used 15 pitches to maneuver through a scoreless 8th frame.

As the game entered the 9th inning, things seemed eerily similar to the previous contests between these two teams with another wild finish.

The Chinooks had two men aboard, but were quickly turned away thanks to a line-out double play at first.

Freeman took the mound for Chugiak-Eagle River in the bottom of the 9th.  He walked Senzel to lead off the inning, then struck out Hunter Simmons.  Four runs (only one earned) on just two hits and three errors would come next that found the Miners in a ballgame again.  However, Freeman would need just one pitch to get Frost to fly out to deep center field to put the cap on a 9-5 victory for the visiting Chinooks.

Miners pitching surrendered 11 walks versus 12 hits in the contest, while the Chinooks stranded 14 runners on the base paths.  Terrence Connelly was the lone man on the home side with a multi-hit game.  He had two of their six total hits.  The Chinooks offense was paced by Bret Collins’ three hit, two double night and Jackson Cramer who also recorded three hits while driving home three.

The Chinooks are back in action Thursday night at Loretta French Park where they will host the American Legion All-Stars from Chugiak and Eagle River at 7 pm.

Miners Hold On for 10-7 Victory in Mat-Su

Box Score PALMER – The Chugiak Eagle-River Chinooks (0-2) dropped their second consecutive game at the hands of the Mat-Su Miners (2-0) on Monday evening by a final score of 10-7. The Miners and Chinooks are now halfway through their opening non-league series before picking up regular action later in the week.

The Chinooks struck first, but the Miners stormed back with a four-run second inning before adding a pair of runs in the fourth and two more an inning later. The sixth and seventh frames each saw the home team tack on another insurance run, but Chugiak-Eagle River cut into the lead a bit with a run in the eighth.

The ninth inning proved to be eerily similar to yesterday’s final inning, as the visitors scored five runs in the top of the final inning. The threat ended with a hard hit double play, but the Chinooks certainly made a game of it before ultimately falling by three runs.

Individually, North Alabama’s Kyle Conkle rebounded from a rough Sunday with a three hit, two RBI contest on Monday. James Nevant and Griffith Roark each laced a pair of base hits, while Jackson Cramer and Mark Lindsay helped give the team a total of nine base knocks.

Jordan Rodgers and Brandon Smith highlighted the effort for Mat-Su, as they combined for six hits in eight at-bats.  Four other Miner hitters contributed a multi-hit game, giving the team just enough runs to defeat Chugiak-Eagle River for the second time in as many days.

Dan Przeniczny was hit with the loss on the mound for the visiting Chinooks after allowing four unearned runs on five hits while striking out three through two innings. Ryan Harris was the first man out of the bullpen for the guests, surrendering four runs on four hits in his three frames on the hill. The final Chinook pitcher of the night was Steven Wagar, who gave up a pair of runs over the final three innings.

Ryan Hendrix received the starting nod for Mat-Su but did not qualify for the win after permitting just one run over the game’s first three innings. Henry Rodriguez came in behind him and picked up his first win of the year after three flawless frames. Vince Arobio surrendered his lone run in the top of the eighth, while Spencer Jack was on the wrong end of the Chinooks’ big ninth.

Jack was able to finally escape the final inning with the lead intact, and the Miners took the second of a four-game series 10-7. The Chinooks and Miners return to action on Tuesday at Loretta French Field, where first pitch is slated for 7:00 pm.

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