Chinooks starter grounds Pilots to set up winner-take-all ABL finale

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 14:27
  • Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks starter Sam Brace delivers to the plate during the team’s 2-0 Alaska Baseball League win over the Anchorage Glacier Pilots on Sunday, July 29, 2018 at Lee Jordan Field in Chugiak. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)

Win and they’re in.

The Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks used a maserful pitching performance to force a winner-take-all season finale with a 2-0 Alaska Baseball League win over the Anchorage Glacier Pilots Sunday evening at Lee Jordan Field.

With the sun-drenched field’s namesake looking on, the Chinooks got a complete game two-hitter from southpaw Sam Brace to pull even with the Pilots in the ABL standings at 17-26. The winner of Monday’s 6 p.m. game at Lee Jordan will earn the fourth and final playoff spot in the five-team league.

Brace, a 6-foot-5, 255-pounder from Metamora, Illinois, faced one batter more than the minimum Sunday, stricking out four Pilots and walking none. The Lawrence Tehnological University lefty lowered his season ERA to 1.79 in 50.1 innings pitched.

Nick Kreutzer and Bailey Collins had two hits each for the Chinooks. The winner of Monday’s game will play the top-seeded Mat-Su Miners Wednesday in the opening round of the ABL playoffs.

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