Chinooks battle through tough stretch
Oilers rally to extend team’s troubles
Chinooks shortstop Stephen Ventimilia fields a ground ball during the June 19 game against the Glacier Pilots at Loretta French Park, a 9-0 Anchorage win.
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.
“This one was a hard one to swallow,” Chinooks manager Jon Groth said. “This was ours to have. We just let it get away.”
Chinooks starter James Scott held the Oilers to five hits and two runs through six innings, but the final four Chugiak-Eagle River relievers gave up a combined eight hits, six walks and 13 runs, eight of them earned.
“We just didn’t pitch it out of the bullpen in the last three innings,” Groth said.
Despite falling to a league-worst 1-10, the Chinooks are staying positive.
“Morale is high,” infielder Ryan Shackelford said. “We’re excited to come out each day.”
The team isn’t stressing about the losing streak, Shackelford said.
“We have talent,” he said. “We’re not too worried about that.”
The bounces will start going the Chinooks way as the season progresses, Shackelford said.
“We haven’t got some breaks early on,” he said. “Baseball comes around.”
Now that everyone on Chugiak-Eagle River’s pitching staff has played a few games, Shackelford said, they will settle in and show how talented they are.
“They’ll start shutting teams down,” he said.
The Chinooks haven’t had a game where their pitching, hitting and defense all perform well, Groth said.
“We have not been able to put all three phases together,” he said.
After getting shut out four straight games, the Chinooks’ offense has shown some promise recently, Groth said.
Collin Radack was a bright spot for Chugiak-Eagle River on Monday. The outfielder went 4-for-5 and scored two runs. Tyler Krahn was 3-for-4 with an RBI, and Daniel Arthur had a pair of hits, drove in a run and scored.
Shackelford was 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBI’s.
The Chinooks played at Mat-Su on Tuesday, June 25, but a score was not available when the Star went to press. They play the Glacier Pilots today (June 27) at 7 p.m. at Mulcahy before taking on the Bucs Saturday, June 29 at 4 p.m. at Mulcahy.
Chugiak-Eagle River hosts the Pilots on Sunday, June 30 at 5 p.m. before heading to Kenai for a four-game series.
Bucs sweep Chinooks
The Anchorage Bucs won a pair of games over the Chinooks on Friday, June 21 at Mulcahy Stadium.
The Bucs opened the summer solstice doubleheader with a 6-4 win. The Chinooks built a 4-0 lead in the second inning, but the Bucs scored two in the third and five in the fifth to win the seven-inning contest.
Both teams registered six hits as the Bucs won the second game 2-1. Griffith Roark went 2-for-3 and scored a run to lead the Chinooks.
Miners 9, Chinooks 6
Mat-Su beat the Chinooks 9-6 on Saturday, June 22 at Hermon Brothers Field.
Chugiak-Eagle River held a 6-5 lead through six innings, but the Miners regained the lead with four runs in the seventh.
Radack, Krahn and Griffin Gum had two hits apiece for the Chinooks. Krahn and Nicholas Covello drove in two runs each.
Pilots fly away with a pair
The Anchorage Glacier Pilots won back-to-back games 9-0 and 5-0 on June 19-20 at Loretta French Park to complete a three-game sweep over the Chinooks.
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