• Chinooks 6, Miners 4
• Pilots 1, Oilers 0
• Miners 4, Panners 1
• Bucs 6, Pilots 0
• Bucs vs. Pilots, late
• Panners at Miners, 4 p.m.
• Chinooks at Oilers, 7 p.m.
• Pilots at Bucs, 7 p.m.
Baseball fans didn't have to wait for Fourth of July fireworks to see a rocket soar above Mulcahy Stadium.
Left-handed hitter Chase Compton unleashed a blistering line-drive home run over the right-field wall to spark the Anchorage Bucs 6-0 win over the Anchorage Glacier Pilots in the first game of a doubleheader that preceded the Bucs' and Pilots' annual fireworks show to celebrate Independence Day.
"I didn't think it was going out," said Compton. "It just kinda kept rising."
The home run put the Bucs up 1-0 through two innings, and starter Mike Theodore's shut down the Pilots the rest of the way, striking out four and scattering seven hits over a complete seven innings.
The Mat-Su Miners snapped a three-game losing streak with a 4-1 win over the host Alaska Goldpanners at Growden Memorial Park. Miners' starter Jake Long combined with reliever Andrew McGee on a five-hitter. Long struck out seven over six innings. The Panners' only score was an unearned run against McGee in the eighth inning.
Mat-Su's Clint Freeman went 3 for 3, and Bill Cullen notched a pair of hits for the Miners. Cullen scored the game's first run on an error in the bottom of the fourth inning, and picked up an RBI in the bottom of the fifth, driving in the second of two runs that extended the Miners' lead to 3-0.