A winning season isn’t always defined by standings, but by spirit. That’s the message Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks coaches and players delivered following the last-place Alaska Baseball League team’s final game of the season.
Despite this year’s poor king salmon run, one Outsider recently landed a 190-pound Chinook. Chugiak-Eagle River ace Mike Jeffreys signed a professional contract with the Kansas City Royals organization last week. Jeffreys left Chugiak the morning of Friday, July 26 to ink his deal at the Royals’ spring training camp in Surprise, Ariz., and was not available for comment.
The Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks finished the Alaska Baseball League regular season by winning two of three games over the Anchorage Bucs all at Loretta French Park.
Anchorage’s Scott Patterson and Kiersten Lippmann repeated as winners in the 30th Annual Crow Pass Crossing Saturday, July 27. Patterson’s time of 3 hours, 44 seconds was almost eight minutes faster than second-place Andrew Arnold. Matias Saari was third.
Eagle River’s baseball family just got a lot smaller — and younger. The tight-knit Wolves team is losing five starters including 2012 ERHS graduates Ricky Ayala and Greg Long and 2013 grads Kyle Frost, David Fuller and Colby LeBlanc. The group started playing together nearly a decade ago as Knik Little Leaguers.
Chugiak is back on the championship Chase. Starting pitcher Chase Wilson went 8 and 1/3 innings for his second win of the tournament and Chugiak got a 5-run fifth inning to key a 9-3 victory over Juneau Post 25 Tuesday, July 30 in the Alaska American Legion baseball tourney at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage. The winner’s bracket triumph advanced Post 33 to the championship for the second consecutive season.
Eight Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks earned a spot on the Alaska Baseball League All-Star team. Those included outfielders Collin Radack and Griffin Gum, infielders Tyler Krahn and Drew Turbrin, catcher Daniel Salters and pitchers Mike Jeffreys, Asa Johnson and Devin Stanton.