Miners 5, Chinooks 0 (7 innings)
Miners 5, Chinooks 4 (7 innings)
Oilers 6, Bucs 2
Goldpanners 8, Pilots 3
• Pilots 5, Goldpanners 4 (7 innings)
• Pilots 11, Goldpanners 4 (7 innings)
• Bucs 8, Miners 2
• Chinooks 6, Oilers 5
• Pilots at Goldpanners, 2 p.m.
• Chinooks at Bucs, 2 p.m.
• Oilers at Miners, 2 p.m.
The big boys unlimbered the lumber in the Alaska Baseball League on Saturday, when nine home runs, including a two-out, two-run walk-off job, were clubbed in four games.
And all that long ball has created a logjam atop the standings. Four teams -- the Anchorage Glacier Pilots (7-5 ABL), Anchorage Bucs (7-5), Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks (8-6) and Peninsula Oilers (9-7) are tied for first place on the six-team circuit.
Chugiak-Eagle River first baseman Adam Humes delivered that walk-off in the ninth inning to give the Chinooks a 6-5 victory over the Oilers, who had plated three runs in the top of the inning to take a 5-4 lead.
Humes went 4 for 5 and also generated an RBI double. Kristopher Kwak homered in the first inning for the Chinooks.
In Fairbanks, the Glacier Pilots swept a doubleheader from the Fairbanks Goldpanners, using three homers to take the seven-inning nightcap, 11-4.
T.J. Bennett racked a three-run shot, Axel Johnson contributed a two-run blast and an RBI double, and Chris Mariscal chipped in a solo number. Kevin Casey homered for the Panners. The Glacier Pilots used the second of Tyler Spoon's RBI singles and Johnson's RBI single to scored two runs in the top of the seventh in the opener and earn a 5-4 win. Anchorage's Matt Munson pitched 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief and struck out five to earn the win, and Travis Pitcher retired the Panners in order in the seventh to gain the save.
At Mulcahy Stadium, the Bucs unloaded four home runs in their 19-hit barrage to earn an 8-2 win over the Mat-Su Miners.
Danny Susdorf homered for the Bucs, Ryan Leonards hit a two-run shot in the fifth and Brenden Kalfus followed with a solo shot, and Tanner Rust added a sixth-inning jack.
Bucs starter Scott Grist went six scoreless innings, gave up just three hits and struck out six.
Meanwhile, take note: Fireworks will come early at Mulcahy Stadium. 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.