By Tim Barto
The Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks baseball team proudly calls our community home.
The squad is comprised of college players who want to keep playing competitive ball during the Summer and perhaps catch the eyes of Major League scouts.
The Chinooks are part of the Alaska Baseball League, which currently consists of five teams and is known as one of the top three or four Summer college baseball leagues in the United States. The players come from all over our country. They apply for a spot on the team, raise their funds to participate, and then have a busy June and July playing baseball on almost a daily basis. Most of them also try to find time in their busy schedules to do Alaska things: hiking, fishing, and sightseeing. They also take time to give their testimonies at local churches and visit the library to read books to children.
The team was founded on a commitment to community and family entertainment, so admission to home games has always been and will continue to be, free.
Chinooks players are housed by individuals and families who are willing to provide rent-free rooms for the Summer months. Another neat feature of the team is that members of the community volunteer to provide meals following every home game.
The Chinooks are scheduled to play 21 home games this season at Loretta French Park in Chugiak. The first one is set for 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 6th, when the team hosts the Anchorage Glacier Pilots.
If you would like to be an active part of the team, please contact Chinooks Booster Club president Tim Barto at firstname.lastname@example.org.