Kirk Nieuwenhuis Delivers Father’s Day Walk-Off HR to Lift New York Mets in 4-3 Victory Over Cubs

By ANTHONY RIEBER (New York Newsday)

A day which had been miserable and embarrassing for the Mets Sunday ended joyously with Kirk Nieuwenhuis’ walk-off three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth and a 4-3 victory over the Cubs at Citi Field.

Nieuwenhuis’ no-doubt blast off second-deck facing in rightfield was the icing on a four-run rally that ended with the Home Run Apple up and the Mets’ three-game losing streak over.

Nieuwenhuis flung his helmet into the air after rounding third and leaped onto home plate into the arms of his pumped-up teammates. The Mets celebrated as if they had just done something big — which, considering how lousy they have been of late, is exactly what they did.

“If we can’t use this as a spark,” manager Terry Collins said, “I don’t know what else we can do.”

The Mets trailed 3-0 entering the ninth and had three hits. They had allowed two unearned runs in the fifth inning on a play on which they threw the ball away three times.

And that came a day after Jordany Valdespin was charged with an error for throwing the ball away on a routine toss back to the pitcher. David Wright called a players-only meeting after Saturday’s game. It took 8 ½ innings to have any effect, apparently.

“I really hate team meetings,” Wright told MLB.com. “They’re one of my least-favorite things, because it usually means that things aren’t going so well. But there’s times where it’s good to get together and get some things off of my chest.”

Had the Mets lost, Collins said: “I know what would have been said, what would have been written. You know what? That’s what should have been written.”

But Nieuwenhuis sent the scribes back to their typewriters with his fourth hit and first home run of the season in his 32nd big-league at-bat. It earned him a postgame pie in the face courtesy of Justin Turner.

“Apple pie,” Nieuwenhuis said. “I could taste it.”

 

Chinooks Secure First League Win In Marathon 14 Inning Father’s Day Contest vs Defending Champs

Game Recap Provided by Lee Jordan

Sunshine bathed Mulcahy Park as the seventeenth day of clear skies and mid- seventies temperatures marked Father’s Day. There was no breeze, making it one of the few times in long memory that one could sit through a game at Mulcahy in shirt sleeves. And it was a very long game.

But enough scene-setting. Let’s get right to the meat of the matter.

The Chinooks got to the park down zip-two in league play after suffering a stinging defeat by the Anchorage Glacier Pilots at home on Friday. That followed their league-opening loss to the Fairbanks Goldpanners three days earlier.

Tonight’s game against the Pilots looked bleak in the bottom of the first when some miscues, both physical and mental, were seen. The problem wasn’t the heat, but shuffling of the lineup necessitated by having two starters on the disabled list.

The visiting Chinooks were sat down one, two, three in the first. Then, with two out in the bottom half, a single and an error placed a Pilot on third. Starter Mike Jeffreys struck out the Pilots’ cleanup man to save a run.

In the top half of the second, number five Chinook catcher Daniel Salters singled only to see both himself and Tyler Krahn, who also hit his way on, erased when Griffin Gum grounded into a double play.

The lead-off Pilot in the bottom of the second singled, stole second, then moved to third on an error. He scored on a sacrifice fly that almost became an out at the plate after centerfielder Collin Radack threw a 350-foot strike that was a bit wide.

Two more Pilot runs came in, both with two out, in the bottom of the third. There were three up, three down innings on both sides until the Chinooks came up in the sixth frame. Jake Murray drew a walk, Nick Covello grounded out to third, then Stephen Ventimilia doubled home Murray. Ryan Shackelford singled home Ventimilia, then Radack drove one down the left field line that brought the tying run across. He then scored on a single by Danny Arthur.

Had there not been the miscues earlier, those runs would have won the game. Instead, a pitching duel between a series of relievers continued the three-three tie for eight more innings. Jeffreys, the Chinook starter, went until two were out in the seventh. Max Bruckner, Bryce Clifton and Kenneth Knudsen all had turns. Meanwhile, the Pilots went through five pitchers before calling on their right fielder and then his replacement, who ended up taking the loss.

By the time the top of the fourteenth inning began, half of the Pilots faithful had given up and departed the stadium. They missed seeing Gum double into the left- center gap, then score when Murray drove the ball up the middle.

Chinook Asa Johnson, who came on in the bottom of the thirteenth, sat down the lead-off Pilot batter, gave up a single to the number two man, then got the save when the number three batter grounded into a double play, pitcher to second to first.

Knudsen picked up the win for the ‘Nooks after four hours of play.

Mulcahy will be the scene for the next two games–the Anchorage Bucs on Monday and the Pilots on Tuesday. The Pilots return to Loretta French Park for back to back games on Wednesday and Thursday nights. First pitch for each of these games will be 7:00pm

Cover Photo Provided by Al Clemens

First Pitch of Today’s Game vs Pilots moved back to 5:40 PM

Today’s Chinooks vs Pilots game is the second game of a Father’s Day double-header at Mulcahy Park. With the first game running long, first pitch for Chugiak-Eagle River and Anchorage has been moved to 5:40. We will be on the air at 5:30 with Jason Patterson calling the action.

In Celebration of Chugiak-Eagle River Baseball, Chinook Bats Come To Life For 9-0 Victory

Game Recap by Lee Jordan

Tonight’s scrimmage in which the Chinooks hosted the American Legion high school All-Stars from Chugiak and Eagle River ended as a 9-0 shutout.

Nine to nothing is the score entered in the books when there is a forfeit. To- night’s game was no such thing, but a big positive for both teams.

The young Legion pitcher went six innings out of the regulation seven. He hit one and walked but one or two. Behind him, both the infield and outfield made some good plays. When the ‘Nooks scored their first three batters in the top of the first, the visitors settled down to business and got the next three on two fly-outs and a second-to-first ground out.

As a matter of fact, the only red star in this writer’s scorebook came in the bottom of the third when Chinooks second baseman Griffin Roark drove one to the warning track in right-center. The Legion centerfielder, Ricky Ayala, raced to his left and dove to the ground, squeezing the slicing ball into his outstretched glove.

On their side, the Chinooks scored three in the first, four in the second, one in the fourth and another in the sixth. Getting some needed at-bats were Nick Covello, Ryan Shackleford, Collin Radack, Daniel Arthur, Tyler Krahn, Rich Har- bison, Griffin Gum and Griffin Roark.

On the mound for the fish was Hunter Totemeier–like some of the Legion players, a recent high school graduate himself.

Stats and a play-by-play are not here because those were of secondary im- portance in this game. What was important was giving the high school players a glimpse at what they can expect when they get to the next level. Several of the Chi- nooks they faced are college juniors, at least three years beyond the experience of the All-Stars.

Let’s just say it was a good night for baseball, one in which a big turnout of fans came to watch. They saw a good game and had plenty to cheer about on both sides of the field.

Sponsor of tonight’s game was Bella Vista Restaurante and Pizzeria. The Peters Creek eatery has served fine Italian food since 1977. Owner Bobby Alefanti- nos was busy cooking for the Saturday night dinner crowd and unable to throw out the first pitch. Designated first-pitch substitute Ty Beck stood in, tossing a 12-6 strike to his dad Chris at the plate.

At the beginning of the seventh and final frame, the long-awaited drawing for an ounce of gold was decided when Chinooks supporter and non-ticket-holder Heide Kroeker pulled the name of Nancy McGee of Palmer from the container. No- tified immediately, McGee was both surprised and thrilled to learn she will receive the large nugget and a vial of coarse gold.

On Father’s Day, tomorrow, the Chinooks seek revenge at Mulcahy Stadium in a game that starts at 5 p.m. Take Dad out to the old ball game on his day.

Former Chinook Tyler Shyrock Drafted by Chicago

Shyrock headlines group of 3 former players drafted by Major League Clubs

The White Sox selected former Chinooks infielder Tyler Shyrock in the 12th Round of this week’s Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft.

Tyler played in the Alaskan League each of the past two seasons. The talented young infielder from California was with the team in Fairbanks (then known as the AIA Fire) in 2011 and made the move to Chugiak-Eagle River in 2012 as a member of the inaugural Chinooks ball club.

Ben Heller, a teammate of Shryock on the 2011 Fire, was chosen in the twenty- second round, number 651 overall, by the Cleveland Indians.

Joining Shryock in the White Sox organization is Troy Wimmer, a member of the 2009 Fire. He was chosen as number 693 in the twenty-third round.

Shyrock was the 363rd overall pick in the draft.

Chinooks Fall to Glacier Pilots in First Meeting of 2013

Game Recap provided by Lee Jordan

It was the fifteenth day of sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-seventies at Loretta French Park as the Chinooks hosted the Anchorage Glacier Pilots tonight. There was a good crowd on both sides of the field, with fans seated down both fence lines, on the hillside and behind the right-field fence.

That is the good news. The bad news for Fish fans, though, is that the fliers flew and the Fish threw too far inside too many times.

A look at the scorebook shows HP (hit by pitch) a total of seven times. Only one of those, unfortunately, was courtesy of a Pilots pitcher. Six of those bases-by- bruises were from a combination of three Chinooks pitchers. Three came in the Pi- lots’ big inning, the third, when three hit batters contributed to five runs after one had come across in the second frame.

The game started off with three up and three down in the top of the first thanks to a strikeout by starter Andrew Klausmeier, a line drive into the glove of shortstop Stephen Ventimilia and a long fly caught by Collin Radack in center.

A couple of singles were slapped through in the bottom of the first, the first by Radack and the second by catcher Daniel Salters. Radack was unable to move past second, however, before three fish were thrown back into the water.

Disaster fell in the top of the third with two Pilots out when Klausmeier plinked the third man up square on the helmet, causing enough concern for the coaches and trainer to check to make sure the blow did not cause serious injury. That it did not was exhibited on the next pitch when the runner speedily stole second in retaliation. An error, a single, a double and two other hit batters were experienced before the third out came on a grounder to Ventimilia who threw sharply to Tyler Krahn at first.

The Pilots loaded the bases in the fourth, but reliever Devin Stanton was able to escape giving up a run, getting the potential grand slam to turn into a ground out, short to first.

A lead-off single in the top of the sixth led to the seventh Pilots run.

Chinooks fans’ spirits were lifted by a two-out rally in the fourth. Krahn singled and moved to second thanks to a walk given up to Jake Murray, followed by a base on balls drawn by Nick Covello. Ventimilia became the hero of the game when he drove a single into the outfield, scoring the runners from third and second.

Strong Pilots pitching held the Chinooks at bay after those two runs came in. For five consecutive innings it was one-two-three.

Tomorrow night at seven, the Chinooks host the All-Stars from the Chugiak and Eagle River American Legion teams in a seven-inning contest.

At the end of the sixth inning, a drawing will be held for an ounce of gold. Pro- ceeds from the raffle are to be used to equip the new concession stand being con- structed at the field. Completion is scheduled for June 30.

Chinooks return home Friday night for ABL game versus Glacier Pilots

Chugiak-Eagle River works its way into the 2013 Alaskan League season with a home date agains the Glacier Pilots following on Friday night. The contest will mark the 2nd league game of the year. All game action will be available live via Teamline and the Chinooks website. The first pitch is scheduled for 7pm at French Park.

Chinooks tie exhibition at Miners with 9th inning rally before game called in 10th to save arms, prepare for league play

Game Recap by Lee Jordan

The Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks led the Mat-Su Miners in every category tonight. They had more hits, more outstanding plays in the field, threw more strikeouts—and, unfor- tunately, more men left on base. But they didn’t lose. After 10 innings and at 10 p.m., the non-league game at Palmer was called as a 2-2 tie in order to conserve pitchers for the Min- ers’ first league game tomorrow night.

Drawing first blood were the Miners who had their most productive inning of the night in the bottom of the third. The Mat-Su catcher gained a walk and Jack Amaro was hit by Chinook starting pitcher Lance Phillips. Both went on to score in an inning that featured what initially was called a triple play on a sparkling catch by Chinook right-fielder Griffin Gum. With the bases loaded and no one out, Christin Stewart pounded one into the gap in right-center. Thomas on third tagged up to await the catch. The other two runners, however, were on their horses with visions of a grand slam dancing in their heads.

The fleet-footed Gum raced to the fence to haul in the ball, then threw behind the runner who had left first. On an appeal that the runners had left too early, all three bases were tagged. Initially the signal was that the batter and two runners were out. Following a great deal of discussion, though, it was ruled that only the runner from first was guilty, meaning that both runs scored. It was not Gum’s only play, nor was he the only Chinook that rated a red star in the scorebook, but we’ll get to that later.

After four innings of stranding runners, the visiting team finally got on the scoreboard with two out in the fifth. Jake Murray singled and was held on first while Daniel Arthur compiled a full count. When the three-two pitch came across, the night’s designated hitter doubled down the left-field line. Going with the pitch from first base on the two-out full count, Murray slid across the plate under the tag.

After leaving 16 other runners stuck on base without any coming across, The ‘Nooks finally hit paydirt with one out in the ninth. Catcher Zach Harbison singled. Matt Kimmel, who had joined the team just the day before, was put in as a pinch-runner and advanced to second on a passed ball, then stole third. He was driven in by Stephen Ventilia. That feat rated another of the gold stars because the speedy shortstop, who hails from California and attends the University of Hawaii, beat out the throw by a whisker on the grounder to second.

The game thus knotted at two-all, each side went three up and three down in the tenth frame. Gum’s other gold star came with the third Miner out. What appeared to be a double into the gap was snared as the right-fielder slid to make the catch and save the game.

Each team had used five pitchers in the game. Although none had been overworked, it took a toll on the bullpen and threatened the Miners’ first league game coming up tomorrow.

The team has an off-day tomorrow. They host the Anchorage Glacier Pilots on Friday and on Saturday play the American Legion All-Stars from Eagle River and Chugiak high schools. Both games are at 7 p.m. at Loretta French Park.

During the seventh inning stretch on Saturday, the drawing will be held to determine the winner of an ounce of gold. Proceeds from the sale of tickets will be used to equip the new Chinooks Shack concession stand which is scheduled for completion June 30.

Chinooks late rally comes up just short in ABL opener

Game Recap by Lee Jordan

Despite mostly sunny skies at Loretta French Park, the Fairbanks Goldpanners rained on the Chinooks’ parade tonight. Fans waited for the come-from-behind sev- enth-inning rally that saved their bacon in the first two games, but it did not come in that frame, nor in the next, and too little, too late in the final inning. The bottom of the ninth held out hope when two were on after a run scored and the middle of the order was up to bat. Hopes were dashed, however, when the ‘Panner first baseman fielded a hard-hit grounder and stepped on the bag. It ended 5-4, Fairbanks.

The Chinooks drew first blood in the bottom of the first when Shortstop Stephen Ventimilia walked and scored from first when, with two out, Catcher Daniel Salters doubled to the fence in right-center.

Fairbanks catcher Jim Sinatro tied the game with a two-out homer over left- center in the second inning.

Chinooks third-baseman Drew Turbin put the home team ahead again when he led off the bottom of the second getting a free pass when the Fairbanks pitcher’s curve hit in on the arm. Second sacker Nick Covello doubled with two out to drive in Turbin.

Home team fans began to feel good about the first league game of the season when Collin Radack hit a sharp grounder to the ‘Panner shortstop–who promptly threw the ball over his first baseman’s head to allow the Chinooks’ left fielder to coast in to second.

Their hopes dimmed, however, when the first three batters to face starter Mike Jeffreys in the top of the fifth were able to score. He was pulled with two out and Caleb Dirks took over, striking out the second batter he faced to end the inning.

Unlike the first two non-league games for the Chinooks, it was the Goldpanners who did the scoring in the seventh, getting three hits off Dirks, the third one driving in both preceding runners.

The Chinooks were stifled until the bottom of the ninth. Covello had been at bat in the bottom of the eighth when a runner tried to score from third only to find Sal- ters waiting at the plate with the ball in hand. Within 10 feet of the plate, the runner turned and tried to retreat, but Salters ran him down for the third out. Starting the ninth with a new count, Covello doubled, then took third on a wild pitch. He scored on a sacrifice fly.

The loss was a poor birthday present for General Manager Chris Beck, who turned 41 today. He was surprised when public address announcer Dave Stroh ad- vised the crowd that the skipper was to do the honors. The pitch was taken by mid- dle son Jackson, mercifully called a strike by wife Danielle Beck, “umpire pro tem.”

The team travels to Palmer tomorrow night for another non-league contest with the Mat-Su Miners at 7 p.m.

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Volume II, Game 3 June 11, 2013

Chugiak-Eagle River Victorious in Home Opener

Game Recap provided by Lee Jordan

It was another sunny day in Chugiak as the Chinooks welcomed fans to Loretta French Park for their home opener. It was the second of four non-league games during the 2013 season and a repeat contest with the Mat-Su Miners. Game 1 was played at Hermon Brothers Field on the Palmer Fairgrounds and featured some drama as the Chinooks came from be- hind to win, 6-4.

There were fewer dramatics tonight, although the home team again had to come from behind to win, 3-1. As the score indicates, there was more defensive action than offensive.

Mat-Su scored first, in the top of the first, after a bunt was thrown away to allow the hitter to end up on second. That hitter advanced to third, then was brought home. Center- fielder Collin Radack had to traverse a lot of territory to haul in a high fly deep to right cen- ter to get the second out. Chinooks pitcher Andrew Klausmeier was able to head to the dug- out when catcher Daniel Salters threw out a Miners runner attempting to steal second.

Third-sacker Drew Turbin tied the game in the bottom of the seventh after he singled, advanced to second on a passed ball, then scored on right-fielder Griffin Gum’s scorching double to right.

Bryce Clifton took over the mound in the top of the sixth and immediately found his first Miner batter aboard on a bunt. That runner moved up on a sacrifice bunt. The second out came on a pop-up to second. A great play by Stephen Ventimilia at shortstop retired the side when he dove to smother a hard grounder close to the bag and deep, then hopped up to make the strong throw to Tyler Krahn at first.

Clifton then got three quick outs to put his offense back onto the field, getting a ground out to first, another to third and a fly out to center. In the bottom of the seventh Ryan Shackelford singled to right, stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch, then scored on a fielder’s choice.

Chinook Max Bruckner took over the mound in the eighth and promptly got a popup to center, a high fly that he handled himself and a ground out, third to first. Krahn drew a walk to lead off the bottom of the eighth, stole second and scored with two out when Jacob Murray slapped a single past the first baseman.

Bruckner closed down the Miners one-two-three on fly balls to the outfield, the second one causing Radack to race back to the fence to make the catch. Clifton was the winning pitcher.

Tomorrow night in the Chinooks’ first league game, the storied Fairbanks Goldpanners come to Chugiak. The ’Panners are always a threat.

Throwing out the first pitch to open tonight’s game was Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan who was presented with a baseball autographed by the entire 2013 Chinooks team.

2013 Chinook Collin Radack named #3 Prospect in D3 by Baseball America

CONWAY, Ark. – Hendrix College junior outfielder Collin Radack was named to Baseball America’s Top 10 and PerfectGame.org’s Top 30 Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League Prospect List. The Austin, Texas native ranked eighth on Baseball America’s list and 27th on PerfectGame’s. He was the only non-NCAA Division I player to be featured.

Pat Hickey of Baseball America says “Radack is a diamond in the rough at Division III Hendrix (Ark.). He proved himself against mostly D-I competition this summer, hitting .393/.429/.563 in 112 at-bats. He has an athletic frame at 6-foot-4, 205 pounds and has plenty of room to add strength. His 6.7-second time in the 60 at the scouting combine makes him a slightly above-average runner. As the season progressed, Radack showed considerable improvement in adding loft to his swing, though it has yet to translate into game action. A line-drive hitter, most of his doubles came to the pull side. Defensively, he may have to move to a corner outfield position unless he can improve his routes in center.”

Radack spent the summer playing for the Xenia Scouts, a team sponsored by Athletes in Action in Ohio. He ended the season hitting .393, ranking third in the Great Lakes League, and was tied for fifth with 13 doubles. He also recorded two home runs, 19 RBI and six stolen bases in 29 games, earning All-GLSCL First Team honors. He was also selected to play in the league’s All-Star Game.

As a sophomore at Hendrix, Radack earned All-Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference First Team honors for the second consecutive year, as he hit .403 with 45 RBI, 64 hits, 39 runs, 12 doubles, four triples, two homers and 13 steals.

He ranks third in Warrior history with a .380 career batting average.

 

article taken from the Hendrix University Athletic Website: www.hendrixwarriors.com

Wimmer’s Walkoff HR Sends Liberty to Big South Title Game

FROM LIBERTYFLAMES.COM – A two-run, two-out home run [by former Chinook] Trey Wimmer propelled the No. 3 seed Liberty Flames to a 4-3 walk-off victory over the No. 4 seed Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs, Friday at Willard Stadium, earning Liberty a berth in the Big South title game.

Trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the ninth, first baseman Alex Close opened the inning with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by second baseman Bryan Aanderud.  After advancing to third base on a ground out by designated hitter Tyler Cox, Wimmer drove the first pitch from Runnin’ Bulldog reliever Jeff Howell over the left field fence for the victory.

Liberty moves to 41-18 on the year and advances to tomorrow’s “winner take all” championship game at 4 p.m. The appearance will be the 10th by Liberty in the title game and its first since 2010. The Flames have made the second-most appearances in the championship. Gardner-Webb finishes the season at 32-28.

After a scoreless first inning, Liberty, the home team on the scoreboard, pushed across the first run of the contest.  Close drew a walk to open the frame and moved to second on a wild pitch by Gardner-Webb starting pitcher Brock Wilson. After advancing to third on a ground out by Aanderud, Close scored on an infield single by Cox for a 1-0 edge.

Gardner-Webb tied the contest in the top of the fourth, only to see Liberty answer with a run in the bottom of the inning. Runnin’ Bulldogs catcher John Harris led off the top half of the inning with his fourth home run of year to knot the contest at 1-1.

In the Flames half of the fourth, Liberty went back in front with a run, benefiting from a Gardner-Webb error.  Right fielder Michael Robertson began the inning by reaching on a fielding miscue by third baseman Brad Collins. After moving to second on a wild pitch by Wilson and third on a deep fly out, Robertson came home when Aanderud singled to right for 2-1 Flames advantage.

The Runnin’ Bulldogs tied the game in the fifth. With one out, second baseman Scott Johnson walked. Two batters later, center fielder Benji Jackson lined a hit-and-run single to right field. And when Liberty’s Robertson could not come up with the ball, Johnson scored, tying the game at 2-2.

Meanwhile, the Flames left runners in scoring position with two outs in each of fifth and the sixth innings. In the fifth, Liberty advanced runners to second and third, only to be turned away.  In the sixth, the Flames moved a runner to third base, but were unable to break the deadlock.

In the top of the eighth, Gardner-Webb took advantage of a Liberty error to take the lead. With two out, Robertson dropped a fly ball to right, hit by right fielder Adam McFarland, for a two-base error. After a pitching change by Liberty, Harris followed with a single to score pinch runner Danny Yelverton for a 3-2 edge, setting the stage for Wimmer’s ninth-inning home run.

Brooks Roy continued the run strong outings by Liberty starting pitchers during the conference tournament. In his longest start of the year,  the right-hander pitched eight innings, allowing three runs, two unearned, on three hits.  He struck out four batters and walked two.

Reliever Matt Marsh moves to 1-1 on the season. The Liberty right-hander allowed one hit over 1 1/3 innings in recording the victory.

Howell falls to 3-4 on the year.  In relief of Willson, Howell pitched 2 2/3 innings, giving up the winning runs. He struck out one.

Liberty collected nine hits in the game.  Wimmer had two hits for the Flames.  Six different Liberty players had hits in the contest.

Gardner-Webb had six hits in the game.  Harris had two hits for the Bulldogs.

Tomorrow’s title game will be televised by ESPN3, starting at 4 p.m. The Flames will take on either No. 1 seed Coastal Carolina or No. 7 seed High Point in the Big South Baseball Championship final.

See the full story from www.libertyflames.com

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 cerchinooks.com 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.

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