Kwak, Humes on a hot streak
Chinooks drop 5 straight despite sluggers’ hot bats
Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks catcher Adam Humes scrambles for the ball as Mat-Su Miners outfielder Bobby Boyd slides across home plate during a game at Hermon Brothers Field in Palmer on July 9. The Miners won 7-2. Through July 8, Humes was leading the Alaska Baseball League in batting average and RBIs.
The Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks’ Kris Kwak and Adam Humes continued their dominance in Alaska Baseball League play last week.
In a four-game series against the Peninsula Oilers, Kwak batted .625 and drove in seven runs. Through July 8, Kwak was tied for the most home runs (5), was third with a .378 batting average and had the third-most RBIs with 17.
Humes was leading the league in both batting average (.387) and RBIs (22) through July 8. Against the Oilers, Humes batted .529 and had six RBIs in four games.
The Chinooks continued their five-game home stand against the Oilers on Wednesday, July 11, but a score was not available when the Star went to press.
After a day off today, the Chinooks (10-12) have seven straight games, starting when the Glacier Pilots come to Loretta French for a two-game series beginning Friday, July 13 at 6 p.m. The two square off the same time the following day.
The Chinooks then have a home-and-home series with the Miners. The first game will be played at Loretta French on Sunday, July 15 at 5 p.m. with the second at Hermon Brothers Field in Palmer on Monday, July 16 at 6 p.m.
The Chinooks play the Anchorage Bucs at Mulcahy Stadium on Tuesday, July 17 at 7 p.m. before hosting the Bucs for two games at home. The first game will be played Wednesday, July 18 at 6 p.m. at Loretta French Park.
Oilers 9, Chinooks 6
The Oilers rallied for eight runs in the final three innings to hand Chugiak-Eagle River its fifth consecutive loss with a come-from-behind 9-6 win at Loretta French Park on July 10.
Miners 7, Chinooks 2
Despite 12 hits, the Chinooks could only manufacture two runs as the Miners won 7-2 on Monday, July 9 at Hermon Brothers Field in Palmer.
Nine different players recorded hits for the Chinooks. Kwak, Steven Karkenny and J.J. Turbin each had two hits.
Chugiak-Eagle River committed six errors.
Oilers 6, Chinooks 3
The Peninsula Oilers won their third straight over the Chinooks with a 6-3 victory to close out a four-game series Saturday, July 7 at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.
The Oilers only managed five hits, but a five-run fourth inning was too much for the Chinooks to recover from.
Four Chinooks supplied all the hitting, and each had at least two hits. Kwak went 3-for-4 with an RBI and scored a run. Humes went 2-for-4 and drove in a run. Brent Fukushima went 2-for-4 with an RBI and scored twice. J.J. Turbin went 2-for-4.
Oilers 5, Chinooks 4
The Oilers scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth to notch a 5-4, come-from-behind win over the Chinooks on July 6.
Kwak went 3-for-4 with two RBIs while Humes went 2-for-4 and scored a run.
Oilers 9, Chinooks 5
Humes went 3-for-4 with an RBI in a 9-5 loss to the Oilers on July 5. Stockton Taylor drove in two runs for the Chinooks.
Chinooks 9, Oilers 1
Seven different Chinooks recorded hits — three had multi-hit games — in a 9-1 win over the Oilers on July 4.
Kwak went 3-for-4, had three RBIs and scored three runs. Humes went 2-for-5 and drove in four runs.