Miners 5, Chinooks 0 (7 innings)
Miners 5, Chinooks 4 (7 innings)
Oilers 6, Bucs 2
Goldpanners 8, Pilots 3
• 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
• Pilots at Goldpanners, 2 p.m.
• Chinooks at Bucs, 2 p.m.
• Oilers at Miners, 2 p.m.
Welcome back to the top of the ABL, Oilers.
After spending one day in second place, the Peninsula Oilers regained the league lead by tripping the Anchorage Bucs 6-2 at Mulcahy Stadium.
Jimmie Koch slugged a two-run homer in the fourth and a two-run double in the sixth to lead the Oilers, who got a seven-inning, five-strikeout performance from starter Jon Maciel.
Garrett Mattlage accounted for three of the Bucs' seven hits, two of them doubles.
With the win, Peninsula improved to 9-6 and took a one-game lead over the Bucs (6-5) and the Chugiak Chinooks (7-6).
The Chinooks, who briefly displaced the Oilers atop the standings, dropped both games of a doubleheader against the cellar-dwelling Mat-Su Miners (5-10). The Miners romped 5-0 in the opener behind Jay Calhoun's five-hit shutout and staved off a last-inning rally in the final game to prevail 5-4.
In Friday's other game, the Fairbanks Goldpanners beat the Anchorage Glacier Pilots 8-3 in Fairbanks. Both teams are .500 and 11/2 games behind the Oilers.
The Panners and Pilots combined for four home runs -- Jordan Luplow and Matt Daugherty went deep for the Pilots and Blake Miller and Chad Carroll homered for the Goldpanners.
Next week, fireworks will come early at Mulcahy Stadium on the Fourth of July. This year, the fireworks display will come Tuesday -- July 3 -- following a doubleheader between the Anchorage Bucs and Glacier Pilots.
Gates open at 6 p.m. and the first game starts at 7. Expect a crowd.