Opinsky named Alaska Sports Hall of Fame Athlete of the Week

August 3, 2020

Jack Opinsky flashed leather and had one of the biggest clutch hits in Alaska baseball memory in on his way to being named our Alaska Athlete of the Week.

The West High School senior  hit a two-run single that provided a 3-2 walk-off victory over Wasilla in the championship game of the Alliance Baseball State Tournament.

In a stunning reversal of fortune, the Eagles scored three runs with two outs in the bottom of the seventh and final inning capped by Opinsky’s frozen rope into the outfield.

The head coach’s son, Opinsky was named the tournament’s Gold Glove Award winner.  But it was his big hit that gave West High School its first state title since 1977 and gave his father, who is a battling a brain tumor, a “proud dad” moment for the history books.

The athlete of the week recipient is selected by a panel each Friday and announced Saturday at 11 a.m. on the Sports Guys on CBS Sports Radio 590AM and 96.7FM.

View past winners here.