Chinooks playing well at home

Tuesday, August 1, 2017 - 14:57
  • Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks baserunner Micah Pries dives back to first base during the Chinooks’ 4-3 win over the Peninsula Oilers on Sunday, July 9, 2017 at Lee Jordan Field in Chugiak. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks pitcher Robert Winslow delivers to the plate during the Chinooks’ 4-3 Alaska Baseball League win over the Peninsula Oilers on Sunday, July 9, 2017 at Lee Jordan Field in Chugiak. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Peninsula Oilers pitcher Devin Hayes delivers to the plate during a 4-3 Alaska Baseball League loss to the Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks on Sunday, July 9, 2017 at Lee Jordan Field in Chugiak. (Photo by Matt Tunseth/Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Photo by Matt Tunseth/Chugiak-Eagle River Star Peninsula Oilers catcher Mikey Hoehner holds up the ball after tagging Chugiak-Eagle River’s Micah Pries during the Chinooks’ 4-3 Alaska Baseball League win on Sunday at Lee Jordan Field in Chugiak.

The home cooking in Chugiak has been mighty fine this summer.

The Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks continued their solid play at Lee Jordan Field Sunday, taking a pair of games from the Peninsula Oilers to improve to .500 at their home field at the Loretta French Sports Complex off the Old Glenn Highway. Eight of the team’s 12 wins this season have come at home, including a pair of one-run victories on a sunny Sunday evening.

Brandon Michie’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fifth inning was the difference in Sunday’s opener, a 4-3 Chinooks win which saw starter Robert Winslow give up just one earned run in five innings. In the nightcap, Micah Pries had two hits and three RBIs to lead the Fish to a 7-6 victory. Alex Schmitz pitched two innings of no-hit relief to pick up the win.

Pries has been one of the league’s top offensive players this season, batting .324 with 13 RBIs in 27 games played this season. During that time, the 6-foot-4, 190-pound outfielder from Point Loma Nazarene University has racked up 35 base hits and stolen six bases for the Chinooks.

The wins lifted the Chinooks into fourth place in the five-team league, 5.5 games behind the first-place Anchorage Bucs. Unfortunately, the home magic didn’t last, as the team dropped a 7-2 decision to the Glacier Pilots Monday night at Lee Jordan.

Upcoming Chinooks home games include July 13 against the Oilers and July 18 against the Seattle Sluggers. Both games are at 7 p.m.

For more, visit alaskabaseballleague.com

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