For the Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks, they’re just glad to have a home.
After playing the entire 2011 Alaska Baseball League season as visitors and starting this year with three road games, the Chinooks — formerly Athletes in Action Fire — played in front of a home crowd for the first time at Loretta French Park on Monday, June 18.
It was a welcome change for the team, manager Jon Groth said.
“It’s nice to have some people on our side,” he said.
Eagle River's Nychele Fischetti, 21, set the school record in the mile for the Biola University track and field team this spring and also teamed up jane Kerner, Alexandra Sciarra and fellow Alaskan Brooke Forsi to set the school's 4X800 meter record at the NAIA 2012 Indoor Track and Field Championships. Fischetti graduated from Biola this spring. She is a 2008 graduate of Anchorage Christian Schools and the dauther of Susan and Michael Fischetti of Eagle River.
The first-place Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks ran their record to 2-0 with a 13-9 win over the Anchorage Glacier Pilots on Friday, June 15, at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.
Trailing 7-5 after five innings, the Chinooks racked up eight runs in the final four innings. Five Chinooks had multiple hits and four different players drove in two runs apiece.
Griffin Gum went 3-for-6 with one RBI and scored a run for Chugiak-Eagle River. Brent Fukushima and Adam Humes each went 2-for-3 for the Chinooks. Humes drove in two runs while Fukushima had two RBIs and scored a run.
After suffering a rainout in their scheduled home opener on Tuesday, June 12, the Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks will begin their tenure at Loretta French Park with a clash against the Mat-Su Miners at 7 p.m. Opening ceremonies for the historic game begin at 6:30 p.m.
Chinooks returner AJ Work couldn’t be happier to be moving into town.