Alaska Baseball League for Wednesday, June 26


Mat-Su Miners 7 3 .700 -

Anchorage Bucs 6 3 .500 ½

Goldpanners 4 2 .666 1

Glacier Pilots 6 4 .600 1

Peninsula Oilers 3 4 .428 2½

Chugiak Chinooks 1 11 .083 7


Wednesday's results

Goldpanners 4, Bucs 0 (Game 1)

Goldpanners 10, Bucs 7 (Game 2)

Oilers 3, Pilots 0 (Game 1)

Pilots 2, Oilers 0 (Game 2)

Miners 16, Legion All-Stars 0


Tuesday's results

Miners 5, Chinooks 4

Goldpanners 8, Bucs 3

Pilots vs. Oilers, suspended


Thursday's schedule

Chinooks at Pilots, 7 p.m., Mulcahy Stadium

Oilers at Miners, 7 p.m., Hermon Brothers

Bucs at Goldpanners, 7 p.m., Growden Park


Mound mess

New to Mulcahy Stadium this season is an artificial-turf pitching mound, which lasted less than a month of the ABL season before needing a major repair.

A couple of weeks ago, a tear appeared on the pitcher's landing -- the place where a pitcher's foot lands during delivery. The tear was patched, Pilots general manager Jon Dyson said, but the patch started to come loose during the first inning of Tuesday's game between the Pilots and Oilers.

The game was delayed for 11/2 hours while workers tried to fix the patch -- they even made a quick run to Home Depot -- but the repair didn't get the teams through a full inning before the game was suspended in the bottom of the second. The ballgame ended, but the work didn't.

"After the game we stayed pretty late, till almost 2, and we were back down there this morning at 8," Dyson said.

The original patch, made from turf left over from last fall's installation, was about the size of a 81/2x11-inch sheet of paper. The new patch measures about 5x4 feet, Dyson said.

"The reason we did a big patch is it's not gonna come loose," he said. "Pitchers aren't going to land on the seam. When it was the size of a piece of paper, guys were landing on the edges and pulling it off."

With the addition of a FieldTurf pitching mound and bullpens this year, Mulcahy is an all-turf ballpark. Many of the improvements were done by American Legion baseball, which shares the park with the ABL.

"We're all advocates for turf," said Dyson, who said turf means fewer rainouts, "but we weren't real thrilled when they decided to put a turf mound in because we figured there may be some issues like that come up."

Tuesday's late-night repair job should get teams through this season, Dyson said.

"It's a pretty long-term solution," he said. "At least now we're a little better prepared because we know how to properly fix it. Last night we were trying some really quick fixes but they weren't working."


Oilers, Pilots split

The Peninsula Oilers snapped the shutout streak by the Glacier Pilots pitching staff by taking a 3-0 seven-inning win in the first game of a Wednesday doubleheader at Mulcahy.

Pilots pitchers had gone 48 innings without allowing a run, not counting two scoreless innings in Tuesday's suspended game with the Oilers.

The Oilers scored a run in the first inning to stop the scoreless streak and added two more in the fourth on Michael Hoo's two-run triple.

Oilers righthander G.J. Strauss pitched six no-hit, shutout innings before leaving with one out in the seventh after giving up a single and a walk. Colby Blueberg retired the next two Pilots batters for the save.

The Pilots rebounded for a 2-0 win in the nightcap, getting an RBI double from Chris Hoo in the second innning and an RBI single from Kewby Meyer in the third.

Lefthander Michael RoBards took the win.


Panners sweep DH

Mikey Ramirez struck out four, gave up three hits and didn't allow a walk to lead the Goldpanners past the Bucs 4-0 in the first game of a doubleheader at Growden Park.

Chance Abrath slugged a leadoff homer and Casey Munoz drove in three runs on two hits for Fairbanks, including a two-run single in the fifth.

The Goldpanners completed the sweep with a 10-7 victory in the nightcap, a slugfest that featured 22 hits and seven pitchers.

Leadoff batter Nick Catalano was one of four Goldpanners with two hits apiece. He also scored twice and drove in three runs.


Miners 16, Legion 0

Service High's Johnny Meszaros threw three no-hit innings Tuesday to help the Mat-Su Miners cruise past the Legion All-Stars 16-0 in non-league action at Hermon Brothers Field in Palmer.

Meszaros, a recent Tampa Bay Rays draft pick, struck out four and allowed no walks in three innings of work in the seven-inning game.

Christin Stewart sparked Mat-Su offensively, scoring four times and tallying three hits and three RBIs.


-- Anchorage Daily News