The home cooking in Chugiak has been mighty fine this summer.
The Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks continued their solid play at Lee Jordan Field Sunday, taking a pair of games from the Peninsula Oilers to improve to .500 at their home field at the Loretta French Sports Complex off the Old Glenn Highway. Eight of the team’s 12 wins this season have come at home, including a pair of one-run victories on a sunny Sunday evening.
A trio of triathletes have signed up for what promises to be one of the most extreme endurace races of the summer.
Eagle River’s Britta Anderson, Tyler Boyd and Sara Kennedy are among 234 entrants in the inaugural Alaskaman Extreme Triathlon, a monster of a race that will send competitors on a 2.67-mile swim from Miller’s Landing to Waterfront Park in chilly Resurrection Bay, followed by a 113.5-mile bicycle ride from Seward to Bird Creek, and topped with a 27.5-mile run that includes two trips up Mt. Alyeska and 6,000 feet of elevation gain.
Chugiak and Eagle River’s “A” teams will be among five squads participating in this year’s annual Chugiak Wood Bat Tournament July 13-16.
“It’s down a little bit but still fun,” said Chugiak Post 33 manager Mark Bohrer.
Now in its ninth year, the tournament has had as many as 10 teams. But Bohrer said lower participation numbers overall and more teams statewide have helped thin out the ranks at the “A” level of play, which is roughly the equivalent of junior varsity in the high school-age summer baseball league.
Chugiak went 1-2 and Eagle River finished 0-3 through the pool play portion of the BP Invitational American Legion Baseball Tournament at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.
Chugiak fell 11-1 to Dimond on Thursday, then walloped South 15-4 on Saturday before falling 11-1 to Napoleon, Ohio, Saturday evening.
Sam Hall went 2-for-3 with three RBI in Chugiak’s win over South. Ian Frizelle and Braden Shackelford also had two hits each for the Mustangs. Frizelle struck out four Wolverines in 4 1/3 innings to earn the win.
Alaska’s latest long-distance endurance race kicked off July 7 in Chugiak, with teams heading south along a 175-mile course to Seward.
The inaugural Alaska Relay race began in waves at Mirror Lake Park, where Friday morning rainclouds had given way to sunny skies. Runners gathered near the water’s edge, chatting and stretching and adjusting bibs and watches and ipod armbands.
“It’s a little intimidating, but I think it’s going to be fun,” said June Gardner, captain of the team Alaska Run Wild.