Eight Chinooks play in ABL all-star game
Eight Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks made the 2012 Alaska Baseball League All-Star Team.
Those included pitchers Clint Manzo, Caleb Dirks, Mike Jeffreys and Matt Marsh; catcher Adam Humes; infielders Kris Kwak and Tyler Shryock; and outfielder J.J. Turbin.
In the All-Star game, the North Team — made up of players from the Chinooks, Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks and Mat-Su Miners — defeated the South (Anchorage Bucs, Anchorage Glacier Pilots and Peninsula Oilers) 6-4 on Sunday, July 22 at Mulcahy Stadium.
Earlier in the day, the Bucs’ Zach Mathieu won the Home Run Derby with 13 bombs. Kawk and Humes represented the Chinooks in the contest.
The ABL All-League teams also were announced Sunday.
The Bucs’ Chase Compton was named Player of the Year and won the Silver Slugger award.
The Top Prospect honor went to Compton’s teammate Braden Shipley.
Alex Staehely, of the Oilers, won the Gold Glove. The Coaching Staff of the Year went to the Pilots and Bucs.
Kawk was the lone Chinooks player to be named to the First Team at first base.
Humes (catcher, outfield) and Turbin (outfield) received Second Team honors.
The Chinooks have just seven games left in the regular season — and five are at home. They played the Pilots at Mulcahy on Wednesday, July 25, but a score was not available when the Star went to press.
The Chinooks’ five-game home stand starts today (Thursday, July 26) against the Pilots at 6 p.m. at Loretta French Park.
Then, the Panners are in town for a four-game series. The first game is set for Friday, July 27 at 6 p.m. followed by a doubleheader starting at 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 28. The series concludes Sunday, July 29 at 6 p.m.
The Chinooks close out their ABL season at the Miners on Monday, July 30 at Hermon Brothers Field at 6 p.m.
Chinooks split with Bucs
The Chinooks split a doubleheader against the Bucs on Monday, July 23 at Loretta French Park to improve to 13-19.
Jeffreys pitched a complete game two-hitter to help the Chinooks to a 2-1 win in the first seven-inning game.
Drew Shields went 2-for-3 with an RBI, Shryock went 2-for-3 and scored a run, and Turbin went 1-for-3 with an RBI.
The Bucs won the second game 5-1. Shryock, Humes, Turbin, Scott Kalamar and Stockton Taylor each had a hit for the Chinooks.
Panners 2, Chinooks 0
The Goldpanners defeated the Chinooks 2-0 in the ABL Showcase on Friday, July 20. The Chinooks’ game against the Glacier Pilots scheduled for Saturday, July 21 was canceled due to rain.
Bucs 12, Chinooks 2
The Anchorage Bucs downed the Chinooks 12-2 on Thursday, July 19 at Loretta French Park.
Shryock went 3-for-5 for the Chinooks, who had 10 total hits. Steven Karkenny and Chris Matthews each went 2-for-4.
Marsh held the Bucs scoreless, giving up just one hit and one walk through three innings of work in relief.
Bucs 6, Chinooks 2
The Anchorage Bucs defeated the Chinooks 6-2 on July 18 at Loretta French.
Turbin and Brent Fukushima each had two hits to lead the Chinooks.