By Luke O’Roark | Post Register | @Lukeoroark
Some Chukars are enjoying a nice, three-days off from baseball.
Others are having a little fun in Hillsboro, Ore.
Five Chukars participated in this year’s annual Pioneer League All-Star game Tuesday, which pitted the best players from the Pioneer League against the Class A Short Season Northwest League, at Ron Tonkin Field.
The game began at 8 p.m. (MT), as the Northwest League led the Pioneer League 5-4 prior to the Post Register’s deadline Tuesday.
The Pioneer League took an early 4-0 lead after Dallas Carroll singled to left field to score I.F.’s Robby Rinn and Grand Junction’s Ryan Vilade.
After a Shael Mendoza’s single-RBI to right field, Chukars’ right fielder Amalani Fukofuka scored Mendoza (Grand Junction) with a shot to center field to extend the Pioneer League’s lead.
Fukofuka finished the night 1 for 2 with an RBI and a strikeout at the plate. He also had two stolen bases. Darrell Miller Jr. (who is batting .453//500/.616 in 20 games this season) finished the night 0 for 2.
Rinn — the Pioneer League’s RBI leader (38) — was 1 for 3 at the plate by the Post Register’s deadline. He also had one run.
Most of the Northwest League’s damage came against Chukars pitcer, Holden Capps. Capps allowed four earned runs on four hits in 0.2 innings pitched Tuesday night. He finished with a 54.00 ERA.
The Chukars’ Janser Lara, though, looked a bit sharper on the mound. He allowed just one hit in one inning pitched. He did have a wild pitch.
The Pioneer League had six hits and no errors by the bottom of the seventh. The Northwest League had seven hits and no errors.
The Chukars’ regular season continues Thursday at Great Falls’ Centene Stadium. First pitch is at 7 p.m.