Chinooks notch first win at home
The Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks earned their first home Alaska Baseball League win 12-10 over the Peninsula Oilers on Friday, June 22 at Loretta French Park.
Chinooks manager Jon Groth was happy to give the fans reason to celebrate after a disappointing loss in the home opener June 18.
“It’s nice to get our first win at home,” he said.
Though the defense was lacking at times, Groth said he was pleased with Chugiak-Eagle River’s 16 hits on offense. The Chinooks benefitted from timely hitting, he said.
“When we got guys on, we got them around,” Groth said. “And we needed it. We needed all 12 of those runs.”
Trailing 12-7, the Oilers mounted a one-out comeback in the ninth inning. Nate Ring hit a two-run triple then scored on a single by Jordan Hein.
But relievers Kelby Deerman and David Mitroff combined to get the final two outs and seal the victory for the Chinooks. Deerman struck out the Oilers’ Josh Miller and Mitroff got Jeff Yamaguchi to pop out to catcher Chris Mattews to end the game.
Drew Shields, J.J. Turbin and Steven Karkenny each went 3-for-5 for the Chinooks. Adam Humes hit two, two-run doubles for a team-high four RBIs.
Karkenny and Kris Kwak each hit home runs for Chugiak-Eagle River. Kwak’s bomb in the sixth inning was his second in as many games at Loretta French.
Chugiak-Eagle River (X-X) finished its four-game road trip against Fairbanks on Wednesday, June 27, but a score was not available before the Star went to press.
The Chinooks have four home games in a row starting today (Thursday, June 28) against the Mat-Su Miners at 7 p.m. at Loretta French. After a doubleheader with the Miners starting at 4 p.m. on Friday, June 29, the Chinooks host the Oilers on Saturday, June 30 at 7 p.m.
Chugiak-Eagle River plays the Anchorage Bucs on Sunday, July 1 at 7 p.m. at Mulcahy then travels to the Valley for a 6 p.m. game with the Miners before starting a four-game series with the Oilers on Wednesday, July 4 at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.
Chinooks 6, Pilots 5
The Chinooks needed a late rally to down the Anchorage Glacier Pilots 6-5 in the “Midnight Sun” game that carried into Sunday, June 24 at Mulcahy Stadium.
After giving up four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, Chugiak-Eagle River responded with three runs in the ninth. Karkenny provided the game-winning hit when he ripped a two-run single with the bases loaded.
Reliever Jacob Howell retired the Pilots in order to close out the game, which didn’t end until nearly 1 a.m.
Turbin and Tyler Shryock each had two hits for the Chinooks.
Panners 8, Chinooks 2
The Chinooks managed just six hits in an 8-2 loss to Fairbanks on Monday, June 25 at Growden Memorial Park. Scott Kalamar went 2-for-3 and scored a run for Chugiak-Eagle River.
Chinooks, Panners rained out
Chugiak-Eagle River and Fairbanks had a pair of games rained out on Tuesday, June 26 in Fairbanks.
The teams were scheduled to play a doubleheader Wednesday, but results weren’t available as the Star went to press.
Heading into Wednesday’s doubleheader, Chugiak-Eagle River was 5-3 in the Alaska Baseball League, good enough for second place behind the Peninsula Oilers (7-4).
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