Alaska American Legion baseball players have been camping this week.
Instead of taking to the woods, teams are taking the field at Mulcahy Stadium for the league’s annual College Coaches Camp, a showcase for players to show their stuff in front of eight college coaches. The four-day camp culminates in an all-star game Thursday, June 22 against the Alaska Baseball League’s Anchorage Bucs. This year’s camp includes instruction by coaches from the College of Idaho, Pierce Community College, Dixie State, Montana State, West Virginia and Northern Colorado.
(Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part story about hiking on Mount Baldy. This week’s story talks about basics of hiking the 3,218-foot mountain near Eagle River, while next week’s will deal with access and maintenance issues facing the popular hiking area.)
Hiking Mount Baldy is a rite of passage for Chugiak-Eagle River residents. Peeking protectively over the town, the 3,218-foot mountain is everything from afternoon workout spot to weekend getaway for locals, who flock to its slopes in summer.
A big crowd turned out Thursday as the Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks made their annual return to Lee Jordan Field in Chugiak.
The local Alaska Baseball League team lost 4-1 to the Mat-Su Miners, but the outcome didn’t seem to dampen spirits at the park, where hot dogs, hamburgers and split-the-pot tickets were in high demand all evening.
A heavy rain fell Monday morning, but the clouds lifted by early afternoon and a friendly summer sun appeared.
With it came summer.
Opening Day of the Alaska Baseball League season is as much a sign of summer as chinooks returning to Ship Creek, and this year’s arrived at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage on a breeze smelling of hope and grilled hot dogs as Chugiak-Eagle River’s own “Fighting Fish” began their 2017 run with a 5-2 exhibition loss to the Anchorage Bucs.
What do you call a 500-yard swim, followed by a 20-kilometer bike ride capped by a 5-kilometer run?
If you answered fun, congratulations: You’re insane.
“The most important thing is finding that balance between work and life and training,” said Eagle River Triathlon participant Alyssa Sweet Sunday after completing the race, which is held each year at and around the Chugiak High School campus.