• Bucs 5, Oilers 2 (7 innings)
• Bucs 8, Oilers 6 (7 innings)
• Chinooks 5, Miners 2
• Oilers at Bucs, 7 p.m., Mulcahy Stadium
• Miners at Chinooks, 7 p.m., Loretta French
• Pilots at Goldpanners, 7 p.m., Growden Park
• Pilots at Goldpanners (DH), 5 p.m., Growden Park
• Miners at Bucs, 7 p.m., Mulcahy Stadium
• Oilers at Chinooks, 7 p.m., Loretta French
The ABL standings underwent some serious shuffling Thursday, when the Anchorage Bucs' doubleheader sweep of the previously league-leading Peninsula Oilers coupled with the Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks' win over the Mat-Su Miners reordered things.
With the Oilers losing twice, Chugiak's win leapfrogged it over Peninsula (11-8, 8-6 ABL) and into first place in the six-team league. The Chinooks (7-4, 7-4 ABL) lead the Oilers and Bucs (10-6, 6-4 ABL) by one-half game.
Chugiak used eight-plus strong innings from right-handed starter Clint Manzo for a 5-2 win over the visiting Miners at Loretta French Field. Manzo scattered 10 hits and gave up two runs, but also struck out three and did not walk a batter.
Adam Humes drove in two runs for the Chinooks.
The Bucs held on in their nightcap against the Oilers to secure an 8-6 win that came after they won the opener, 5-2.
In the nightcap, Bucs third baseman Chase Compton went 4 for 4 with a double and triple, three RBI's and two runs scored. Trey Richardson and Oscar Sanay homered for the Oilers.
The Bucs used 623 innings of strong work from starter Jeff Grijalva in the opener. He allowed just three hits and two runs, and struck out eight before Braden Shipley entered with two outs and two runners on in the bottom of the seventh. Shipley induced a fly-out to earn the save.
Anchorage's Zach Esquerra contributed an RBI single in the Bucs' three-run fourth inning and added a solo home run in the sixth. Josh Miller drove in both Oilers runs with a double in the second inning.
The Oilers have lost five of their last six league games.
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