Chinooks head home after finishing fifth in ABL standings
The Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks have returned home after finishing fifth in the Alaska Baseball League standings and missing out on the league’s four-team playoff.
The Chinooks dropped their final home game of the season 14-2 to the Mat-Su Miners on Tuesday at Lee Jordan Field in Chugiak to finish 13-30 overall. The team finished 1.5 games behind the Peninsula Oilers for fourth place after losing five straight games to close out the year.
Despite the tough season, the team did have several standout individual performances. Chinooks outfielder Haden Keller of Mendocino College hit .262 this year with 26 RBIs, good enough for fourth in the ABL. Chugiak-Eagle River catcher J Paul Fullerton finished with 25 RBIs in 42 games played, while infielder Ethan English blasted a team-high four homers.
On the mound, starter Michael Barker (Fresno Pacific University) led the team with three wins this season, with Tyler O’Clair (University of Alabama-Birmingham) racking up a team-best 41 strikeouts in just 36 innings pitched. Chinooks reliever Joey Leavitt (Biola University) also had a solid year, allowing just five earned runs in 24 innings pitched over 10 appearances.
The Chinooks play their home games at Lee Jordan Field but are based in Xenia, Ohio as part of the Athletes in Action program, a Christian faith-based athletic organization that also operates collegiate summer teams in Ohio and New York.
For more on the team, visit cerchinooks.com.