Positive attitude lifts Chinooks out of slump
Star The Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks need no lessons in keeping their composure.
In the midst of a seven-game Alaska Baseball League losing streak, the Chinooks maintained an upbeat attitude — and it helped them get back to winning, said manager Jon Groth.
“It’s been challenging to stay positive,” Groth said after the Anchorage Glacier Pilots handed the Chinooks their seventh straight loss Friday, July 13 at Loretta French Park. “These guys have been great at doing that.”
The Chinooks used a four-run first inning to get past the Pilots 7-4 on Saturday, July 14 at home only hours after participating in the Bear Paw Festival. The team marched together in the parade, and Chinooks Kelby Deerman and Tim Duxbury won the Slippery Salmon Olympics.
The team extended its win streak to two games with a 6-3 victory over the Mat-Su Miners on Sunday, July 15 at Loretta French.
Again, the Chinooks got off to a fast start, scoring three runs in the first.
The team was able to keep an optimistic mindset even as the losses mounted, Groth said.
“I’m not concerned about the rough spots, but how we react to them,” he said. “And our guys have been staying positive.”
It’s that attitude that lifts teams out of slumps, Groth said.
“You’re not going to get into a hot streak if you mope around,” he said.
Groth said his team works hard every day, no matter what the scoreboard reads at the end of the night.
“On the effort side and attitude side, we’ve got a great group of kids,” he said.
The Chinooks started a two-game home series with the Anchorage Bucs on Wednesday, July 18, but a score was not available before the Star went to press. The two square off today (Thursday, July 19) at Loretta French Park at 6 p.m.
The ABL/MLB Scout Showcase will be held Friday, July 20 through Sunday, July 22 at Mulcahy Stadium. The Chinooks open against the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks on Friday at 4 p.m. before playing the Pilots on Saturday at 1 p.m.
The home run derby will be held Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Chinooks resume regular season play Monday, July 23 with a doubleheader against the Bucs at 4 p.m. at Loretta French Park.
The Chinooks then play the Pilots on Wednesday, July 25 at 7 p.m. at Mulcahy.
Bucs 13, Chinooks 2
The Anchorage Bucs beat the Chinooks 13-2 on Tuesday, July 17 at Mulcahy Stadium. The loss drops the Chinooks’ record to 12-16.
Miners 4, Chinooks 2
Mat-Su held the Chinooks to just four hits to claim a 4-2 ABL contest on Monday, July 16 at Hermon Brothers Field in Palmer.
Chinooks 6, Miners 3
For the second night in a row, the Chinooks used a quick start to earn their second straight win.
A three-run first inning helped the Chinooks beat the Miners 6-3 on Sunday, July 15 at Loretta French Park.
Four Chinooks (Tyler Shryrock, Kris Kwak, J.J. Turbin and Griffin Gum) had multi-hit games.
Kwak, who went 2-for-4, hit his sixth home run of the season and drove in three runs. Shyrock went 3-for-4 and scored twice; Turbin went 2-for-5 with an RBI and scored a run; and Gum went 2-for-3 and scored a run.
Winning pitcher Mike Jeffreys struck out five, giving up seven hits and three earned runs through six innings. As of Sunday, July 15, Jeffreys led the ABL with 36 strikeouts.
Relievers Jacob Howell and Matt Marsh kept the Miners scoreless through the final three innings.
Chinooks 7, Pilots 4
The Chinooks snapped a seven-game skid with a 7-4 win over the Anchorage Glacier Pilots on Saturday, July 14 at Loretta French Park.
The Chinooks jumped out a 4-0 lead in the first inning. By the fifth, the Pilots had cut the lead to one.
The Chinooks scored twice in the eighth inning to seal the victory.
Pilots 4, Chinooks 0
The Chinooks’ losing streak extended to seven games with a 4-0 loss to the Glacier Pilots on Friday, July 13 at Loretta French Park.
Pilots’ starter Ethan Gibbons had a stellar performance, holding the Chinooks to just three hits through eight innings.
Chugiak-Eagle River managed just four total hits.
Oilers 5, Chinooks 3
Drew Turbin went 3-for-4 with an RBI to lead the Chinooks in a 5-3 loss to the Oilers on July 11 at Loretta French Park. His brother J.J. Turbin went 2-for-4 and scored a run.