Chinooks to honor Jordan in home opener Thursday

Monday, June 3, 2019 - 11:11
  • Chugiak-Eagle River’s Nick Kreutzer takes a practice swing as a rainbow appears over the Chugach Mountains behind center field at Lee Jordan Field during the team’s 7-1 Alaska Baseball League win over the Mat-Su Miners on Monday, June 11, 2018. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)

The fighting Fish have returned.

The Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks will play their 2019 Alaska Baseball League home opener Thursday, June 6 against the Anchorage Glacier Pilots at 7 p.m. at Lee Jordan Field in Chugiak.

The team will honor Jordan during a special ceremony at the game. The longtime area resident — who was a huge supporter of local baseball and instrumental in bringing the team to town — died last year at the age of 88.

The Chinooks are coming off their most successful season in Chugiak after reaching the ABL playoffs for the first time since moving to town in 2012. The team is run by Ohio-based Athletes in Action, an international Christian sports organization.

Chugiak-Eagle River opened its season Wednesday at the Mat-Su Miners at Hermon Brothers Field in Palmer. The team is at home Sunday against the Anchorage Bucs, on Monday against the Peninsula Oilers and Tuesday against the Miners. The team will then embark on a five-day road trip to Kenai for a series of games against the Oilers.

The team’s home games are played at the municipal Loretta French Sports Complex and are the only ABL games that are free admission. Dogs (on leashes) are allowed at the ballpark, which has a “Chinook Shack” concession stand.

For more about the team, visit them at cerchinooks.com or find them on Facebook.

Upcoming games:

Thursday, June 6

Pilots at Chinooks, Lee Jordan Field, 7 p.m.

Sunday, June 9

Bucs at Chinooks, Lee Jordan Field, 2 p.m.

Monday, June 10

Oilers at Chinooks, Lee Jordan Field, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, June 11

Miners at Chinooks, Lee Jordan Field, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, June 12

Chinooks at Oilers, Coral Seymour Park, 7 p.m.

Thursday, June 13

Chinooks at Oilers, Coral Seymour Park, 7 p.m.

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