ALASKA BASEBALL LEAGUE
W L Pct. GB Overall
Oilers 24 12 .667 -- 31-15
Miners 21 15 .583 3 23-17-1
Glacier Pilots 17 19 .472 7 21-23-1
Bucs 16 20 .444 8 21-30
AIA 12 24 .333 12 15-28
SCHEDULE AND RESULTS
Kenai Peninsula Oilers 5, Anch. Glacier Pilots 3
Mat-Su Miners 2, Anchorage Bucs 1, 7 inn.
AROUND THE HORN
-- The 36th Alaska Baseball League season ended Sunday as it started with the Kenai Peninsula Oilers putting an exclamation point on their wire-to-wire run to the league title, defeating the Anchorage Glacier Pilots 5-3 at Mulcahy Stadium.
Mike Miller, a junior from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and selected Saturday as the league's player of the year, went 2 for 3 with a sacrifice fly and a stolen base to lead the Oilers.
Brandon Kizer (2-0), the third of five Kenai hurlers, got the win.
For the Pilots, the loss ended their late-season hopes of finishing at .500 after starting 0-7 and 1-10.
But they still finished third, one game ahead of the rival Bucs.
Second baseman Kavin Keyes hit a two-run double in the ninth inning as the Pilots rallied for three runs to make it close.
Brady Hohl, a junior from Nebraska-Omaha, was the recipient of the Bernie Kosinski MVP and Jack O'Toole Most Insprational awards, announced by the club on its website.
-- Adam Martin won the ABL's home run derby two weeks ago and he's still hitting homers. Martin hit two solo home runs at spacious Hermon Bros. Field on Sunday, accounting for all the offense the Mat-Su Miners needed to defeat the Anchorage Bucs in a seven-inning game 2-1.
The victory solidified the Miners second-place finish and denied the Bucs a chance for third.
It was the last Bucs' ABL game under general manager Dennis Mattingly, who is retiring after this week's three-game, non-league, season-ending series with the Pilots.
David Gibson (4-1) allowed three hits in going the distance on the hill for Mat-Su. The Bucs' Mr. Hard Luck himself, Bradley Durst, also pitched a complete game but fell to 0-7 on the summer.
Last week, the Miners announced that Ryan Ford, a sophomore from Middle Tennessee State University, was named the recipient of the Stan Zaborac Award, emblematic of leadership, sportsmanship and clutch play.