Three Chinooks Alumni Named All-GSAC

XENIA, OH – Current Chinooks players JJ Turbin and Andrew Work were both honored by the Golden State Athletic Conference as All Conference Performers. Turbin was also named to the All Gold Glove Team for his defensive skills in the outfield this Spring. Work and Turbin are both returning for the 2012 season after a successful summer last year for the Chinooks. Former Chinook Charlie Gillies was named GSAC Pitcher of the Year, as well as being named to the All-GSAC Team.

To see the complete All-GSAC Team, click here.

Work named NAIA National Pitcher of the Week

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A.J. Work of The Master’s (Calif.) has been named the NAIA National Baseball Pitcher of the Week, the NAIA national office announced Tuesday. Work was selected based on his performances from April 16 – 22 and was chosen out of a pool of conference/independent/unaffiliated groupings.

Work, a native of Boise, Idaho, finished the week 2-0 after leading the Mustangs to victories against Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) rivals Vanguard (Calif.), 9-1, on April 16 and then-No. 12 Concordia (Calif.), 2-1, on April 21. Against Vanguard, the junior lefthander scattered five hits over 7.1 innings, while allowing one run, striking out four and walking one. Work continued his stellar week against the nationally ranked Eagles, allowing one run on six hits over seven innings. The performance marks the ninth time in 14 appearances that he has thrown at least seven innings.

On the year, Work leads the squad with a 9-2 record and ranks second on the team in earned run average (2.02), innings pitched (89.0) and strikeouts (50).

For a complete listing of all the national statistical leaders, click here.


This article was taken from The Master’s College Website.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis called up to Mets

NEW YORK – AIA Alaska and Azusa Pacific Alum Kirk Nieuwenhuis has been called up to play centerfield for the New York Mets. Nieuwenhuis, who had a great shot of reaching the big leagues last season before landing on the DL with a torn labrum, hit .298 in limited action in AAA Buffalo on top of slugging six homeruns in 188 at-bats.

To read more about Nieuwenhuis being called up, check out this article from the New York Mets Website.

Donaldson opens season as A’s starting third basemen

XENIA, OH – Athletes in Action Alaska (Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks) Alum Josh Donaldson opened up the 2012 season in Japan as the Oakland Athletics’ starting third basemen. Donaldson, who played with AIA  in 2005, is a graduate of Auburn University. A converted catcher, Donaldson is making his second appearence at the big league level. He was called up in 2010 as a catcher for the A’s where he received 32 at bats in his 14 games with Oakland. On May 1, 2010 he got his first major league hit, which also happened to be a 2 run homerun.

Donaldson was named to the All Alaska Baseball League team for AIA in 2005 and was drafted in the first round of the 2007 MLB Draft by the Chicago Cubs.


Welcome to the NEW Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks Website!

Athletes in Action Baseball is pleased to announce an all new website for its franchise based in the Alaska Baseball League. Formerly based in Fairbanks, AK and known as the AIA Fire, AIA Baseball has relocated to the Chugiak-Eagle River area and will be known as the Chinooks. Athletes in Action has been a member of the Alaska Baseball League since 2001. General Manager Chris Beck has been with the team since it broke into the league, and was fortunate enough to win the Alaska Baseball League title in 2008.

“We are excited to have our team move to the Chugiak-Eagle River area. We enjoyed our time in Fairbanks, and were fortunate to share the city and ballpark with the Goldpanners. They did a lot for us, and really helped us adjust and grow our presence in Alaska.” Chris Beck said. AIA played an exhibition game last season at it’s future home, Loretta French Field, and instantly saw the endless possibilities of a franchise calling the area home.

With the help of Booster Club President Lee Jordan, Athletes in Action has made the move quickly. Jordan has assisted greatly in connecting the community with the new team, and has helped adopt the “Chinooks” name. Jordan notes that the Chinook name was chosen for several reasons, including the notorious wintertime Chinook winds that blow through the area, the well-known Chinook helicopters used by the U.S. military and — of course — the state’s largest and most sought-after salmon.

In November, Jordan — with the help of Bear Paw princess Maggie Wallace — unveiled its new logo, a tough-looking king salmon getting ready to toss a baseball.  Now January, AIA Baseball is pleased to unveil their all new website devoted to the Chinooks that will feature stories from AIA Alaska Alumni, team updates, stats, scores, and links to listen to live games during the season.

Stay tuned as the all new will continue to reveal more news as we close in on the June 12 home opener against the Bucs at 7pm at Loretta French Field.