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.
Eagle River picked up a pair of American Legion wins over Kenai to improve to 5-7 in league play and 8-10 overall. The Wolves earned a 6-5, come-from-behind win in extra innings Saturday, June 29 at Coral Seymour Memorial Park. Trailing by two in a league game scheduled for seven innings, Eagle River’s Ricky Ayala hit a two-run single in the seventh to tie the game at 3-3.
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.
Chugiak-Eagle River didn’t just snap its nine-game Alaska Baseball League losing streak — they obliterated it. The entire lineup scored at least once and eight different Chinooks had multiple hits and drove in at least one run in a 17-2 rout of the Anchorage Glacier Pilots on June 27 at Mulcahy Stadium.
The Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks looked poised to snap a seven-game losing streak, but the visiting Peninsula Oilers had other plans. Trailing by five, the Oilers racked up 13 runs in the final three innings to earn a 15-7 win and hand the Chinooks their eighth consecutive Alaska Baseball League loss Monday, June 24 at Loretta French Park.
Chugiak Post 33 crammed 17 games into the first month of its American Legion season to make time to travel to the Lower 48. The Mustangs left Wednesday, June 26 for an 11-day trip where they’ll play tournaments in Paducah, Ky., and Columbia, Tenn.
Eagle River’s Michael Blanchard posted a time of 3 hours, 2 minutes, 22 seconds to place 15th overall and lead all local competitors across the finish line at the 40th Mayor’s Midnight Sun Marathon Saturday, June 22 in Anchorage.
Eight professional athletes are coming to Eagle River Saturday to test their strength. This year’s pro category of field events is sure to wow the crowd at the 32nd Annual Alaska Scottish Highland Games, event chair Chris Anderson said.
High school may be over for David Fuller and Kyle Frost, but their baseball careers aren’t. Fuller and Frost, both recent Eagle River High graduates, are heading to Washington state to further their athletics and academics.