Alaska Baseball Honors Summer Solstice


by Jake Ryle

ANCHORAGE, Alaska--The summer solstice in the Last Frontier offers a chance for baseball to be played where the sun never sets.

Ironically enough, the sun made absolutely zero guest appearances in Midtown Anchorage on Friday as the league-leading Anchorage Bucs battled the last place Chugiak Chinooks in a double-header.

In game one, the Chugiak Chinooks got on the board early. Something they haven't been able to do in their prevoius four games.

The Chinooks jumped out to a 4-0 lead on three hits.

But the Bucs bats would come alive in the third and fifth innings. Don Andre Clark would lead the team to their first two runs. Clark reached base, stole second, and would later score.

However, it was the fifth inning that proved to be the nail in the coffin for the Bucs. University of Louisiana-Lafayette catcher Michael Strentz belted a ball to deep left field for a grand slam.

FINAL (Game 1): Anchorage Bucs 6, Chugiak Chinooks 4.

FINAL (Game 2: Anchorage Bucs 2, Chugiak Chinooks 1.

Univeresity of Tennesee freshman, A.J. Simcox, led the Matsu Miners going 2 for 3 on the night with 2 runs scored.

A five-run third inning would be more than enough for the Miners to pick up an in-league win against the Peninsula Oilers.

FINAL: Matsu Miners 7, Peninsula Oilers 2.