Bucs, Miners win ABL Scout Showcase openers; Pilots-Panners in scoreless tie

sports@adn.comJuly 19, 2013 

— The Anchorage Bucs and Mat-Su Miners each used five-run innings Friday to win games at the Alaska Baseball League's Scout Showcase at Mulcahy Stadium.

The Bucs, trailing 3-0, erupted for a five-run fourth inning on the way to beating the Peninsula Oilers, 5-3, in seven innings.

The Miners exploded for five runs in the second inning of their 9-1 seven-inning victory over the Chugiak Chinooks.

Miners shortstop Nash Knight and third baseman Spencer Mahoney each delivered RBI singles in the second inning, and each contributed much more. Knight went 3 for 4, scored twice and drove in two runs, and Mahoney went 2 for 4 with a run scored and two RBIs. Each player also stole a base.

In the night game, the Anchorage Glacier Pilots and Fairbanks Goldpanners played to a scoreless tie in seven innings.

Four Goldpanner pitchers combined on a one-hitter. The Glacier Pilots didn't get that lone hit until Kewby Meyer doubled to lead off the bottom of the seventh. He was sacrificed to third base with one out and Fairbanks' Andrew Buehler walked a batter before working out of the jam by stranding both runners.

All Friday's games were non-league. Teams used multiple pitchers, which allowed Major League Baseball scouts to see many players.

The Scout Showcase continues Saturday at Mulcahy, where another three games are set. The Glacier Pilots entertain the Miners at 1 p.m.; the Panners play the Oilers at 4 p.m.; and the Chinooks face the Bucs at 7 p.m.

All-Star extravagnza

The top players in the ABL will strut their stuff Sunday at Mulcahy, where the league's Home Run Derby and All-Star Game are set.

The ABL's top power hitters will play long ball at 1 p.m., and the All-Star Game follows at 4 p.m.

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