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.
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.
The American Legion AA state tournament begins today (July 25) at Mulcahy Stadium — and it’s anyone’s title to claim, said Chugiak Post 33 head coach Bill Lierman. “There’s a slew of teams that have an opportunity to win the state championship,” he said. “It comes down to who’s playing the best baseball.”
Chugiak Post 33 (13-5-1) is currently in third place heading into its final four games of the season. Chugiak hosts Juneau today (July 18) at 6:30 p.m. before traveling to Kenai the following day for a doubleheader starting at 12:30 p.m. at Coral Seymour Memorial Park. The Mustangs end their regular season against Juneau on Saturday, July 20 at 5 p.m. at Oberg Field.
Four Chinooks — Tyler Krahn, Daniel Salters, Ryan Shackelford and Drew Turbin — have a perfect fielding percentage through a combined 78 Alaska Baseball League games. Mike Jeffreys’ 30 strikeouts have him tied for second among ABL pitchers as of Monday, July 15.
Tom Tomsich’s bib number was a good omen. Wearing No. 1, the Anchorage man won the 5K Bear Paw Classic in 15 minutes, 22 seconds on a hot Saturday, July 13. Robert Walgren edged Tomsich at the finish line last year — both men finished in 15:11.
Former Knik Little League umpire Cliff Gilmore stepped onto a baseball field in Alaska for perhaps the last time Sunday, July 7. His days of calling balls and strikes behind him, Cliff and his wife, Dorothy, were honored prior to the Chinooks’ game for their years of service to the community.
Juneau fielded an American Legion AA team this year for the first time in more than a decade. The league is hoping that trend will continue. Last week, the league announced it is seeking to add AA teams for the 2014 season. New teams are being considered in Palmer, Kodiak, Ketchikan and a second squad in Fairbanks.
Ryan Stewart’s first Alaska Highland Scottish Games couldn’t have gone much better. The 34-year-old from Draper, Utah, won five of eight events and claimed the overall professional title out of a field of seven Saturday, June 29 at Lions Park in Eagle River.