Matt Tunseth

Win and they’re in.

The Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks used a maserful pitching performance to force a winner-take-all season finale with a 2-0 Alaska Baseball League win over the Anchorage Glacier Pilots Sunday evening at Lee Jordan Field.

With the sun-drenched field’s namesake looking on, the Chinooks got a complete game two-hitter from southpaw Sam Brace to pull even with the Pilots in the ABL standings at 17-26. The winner of Monday’s 6 p.m. game at Lee Jordan will earn the fourth and final playoff spot in the five-team league.

When Lee Jordan arrived at the ballfield that bears his name Monday night, he had an inkling the game would make headlines.

“I just felt good about it,” he said.

If anyone knows about making headlines, it’s Jordan.

Fishing has been slow on the Kenai River, but that’s not stopping Alaska State Troopers from catching a boatload of dipnet delinquents.

Chugiak and Eagle River opened Alaska American Legion Baseball postseason play with victories Friday.

The Mustangs advanced to the second round of the Alaska State Tournament with a 3-2 win over Service Friday morning at Mulcahy Stadium. With the score tied 2-2 in the bottom of the sixth, the Mustangs scored the winning run on an error by Service shortstop Cobey Cupp that allowed Billy Smith to score from third base.

This is the last weekend for personal use fishermen hoping to fill their freezer with Kenai River reds.

State biologists are closing the popular Kenai River dipnet fishery at 12:01 a.m. Monday, July 30 due to a poor return of sockeye salmon.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced the closure in a Thursday press release. The season was originally scheduled to end at 11 p.m. July 31.

An unofficial parking lot popular with Glenn Highway commuters and cyclists is being closed in favor of a new lot across the highway.

According to Municipality of Anchorage Solid Waste Services spokesperson Suzanna Caldwell, the old lot near the entrance to the Anchorage Regional Landfill was a safety hazard.

“There have been numerous near collisions with pedestrians and cars going in and out of the parking area,” Caldwell wrote in a press release. “As a result, Solid Waste Services has identified it as a serious safety concern.”

State wildlife biologists killed a black bear on Monday in Eagle River after it was caught trying to break into someone’s garage.

According to Alaska Department of Fish and Game spokesman Ken Marsh, the bear was reported on July 20 when it broke out a garage door panel in an attempt to get at trash inside a home on Prudhoe Bay Avenue off Eagle River Road.

“Once they start breaking into buildings and cars and stuff that’s a red flag for us,” Marsh said.

Chugiak and Eagle River’s American Legion Baseball teams are heading for the postseason, but they’ll be playing in different tournaments.

The Post 33 Mustangs will participate in the state tournament at Mulcahy Stadium, while the Wolves will play in the consolation Matson Invitational at Bartlett High. Both tournaments will be held July 27-31.

State investigators believe they’ve identified the driver of a truck from which a rock fell and killed an 8-year-old boy Thursday on the Sterling Highway but have yet to release a name or further details about the incident.

“Investigators have tentatively identified the vehicle and driver involved,” Jonathon Taylor of the Department of Public Safety said in a Friday email.

The Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks broke out of their summer slump with back-to-back wins coming out of the Alaska Baseball League all-star break.

The Chinooks knocked off the Anchorage Bucs 5-1 on Monday at Lee Jordan Field, then took out the first-place Mat-Su Miners 7-5, also in Chugiak. The wins snapped a four-game losing streak for the Chinooks, who slipped into last place in the five-team ABL after dropping nine of 11 games dating back to June 30.

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