Chinooks snap nine-game losing streak
Chugiak-Eagle River didn’t just snap its nine-game Alaska Baseball League losing streak — they obliterated it.
The entire lineup scored at least once and eight different Chinooks had multiple hits and drove in at least one run in a 17-2 rout of the Anchorage Glacier Pilots on June 27 at Mulcahy Stadium.
It was the Chinooks first win in 11 days.
“There were lots of smiles after the game,” head coach Jon Groth said.
The team’s offense has improved over the past week, Groth said, and it showed Thursday night.
The Chinooks racked up 19 hits and had three players — Griffith Roark, Ryan Shackelford and Jacob Murray — with three hits apiece. All three had two RBI’s each, too.
“Everything we hit was finding holes,” Groth said.
Groth was also pleased the entire team contributed on offense.
“I’m happy because these kids have been working hard,” he said. “It’s nice for them to get results.”
Griffin Gum drove in a game-high four runs for Chugiak-Eagle River. Collin Radack, Tyler Krahn and Daniel Arthur scored three times for the Chinooks.
Starter Mike Jeffreys complemented the Chinooks huge offensive night with a stellar performance on the mound. Jeffreys, last season’s ABL strikeout leader, scattered just six hits in a nearly complete game effort.
Jeffreys’ strong showing through eight and two-thirds innings keyed the win, Groth said.
“He just set the tone for the whole ballgame,” he said.
Jeffreys, who struck out eight and only walked two, limited the Pilots scoring chances, Groth said.
“He didn’t give away free bases, Groth said. “He had good command of all his pitches.”
The margin of victory wasn’t as important as simply getting a win, Groth said.
“It just happened in a big way,” he said.
Keeping a positive attitude helped the Chinooks persevere through the nine-game skid, Groth said.
“They have played hard in every ballgame,” he said.
Chugiak-Eagle River was sharp in all facets of the game, Groth said, something the team will use to build on.
“We put all phases of the game together,” he said. “When that happens, you get wins.”
The Chinooks started a four-game series at Kenai on Tuesday, July 2, but scores were not available when the Star went to press. The team begins a three-game home stand Saturday, July 6 at Loretta French Park. They host Mat-Su on Saturday at 7 p.m. followed by Fairbanks at 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 7 and the Oilers are in town Monday, July 8 for a 7 p.m. start.
Pilots 9, Chinooks 5
Chugiak-Eagle River fell to 3-12 after the Glacier Pilots earned a 9-5 win over the Chinooks on Sunday, June 30 at Loretta French.
Chinooks 3, Bucs 2
Daniel Salters and Krahn each had two hits in the Chinooks’ 3-2 win over the Anchorage Bucs on Saturday, June 29 at Mulcahy.
Miners 5, Chinooks 4
Nick La Face hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth to lift Mat-Su to a 5-4 win over visiting Chugiak-Eagle River on June 25 at Hermon Brothers Field.
Salters went 3-for-4 to lead the Chinooks, who had four players with multiple hits.