Friday in the Alaska Baseball League

Goldpanners sweep

The Fairbanks Goldpanners wrapped up an ABL title Friday by sweeping a doubleheader with the Mat-Su Miners at Growden Memorial Park in Fairbanks.

The Goldpanners won 9-8 in the first game and took the second game 6-2 to take a two-game lead over the Anchorage Bucs in the standings with one game to play.

Goldpanners second baseman David Edwards was a key cog in both wins. In the first game, he went 4-for-4 with four RBIs and two runs. He notched two more hits in the second win, adding a run and an RBI.

Chinooks 8, Bucs 5

The last-place Chugiak Chinooks played the role of spoiler Friday, knocking off the Anchorage Bucs 8-5 at Loretta French Field and dashing any hopes the Bucs had of winning an ABL title.

The Bucs were just a half game behind the first-place Fairbanks Goldpanners at the start of the day, but the loss helped the Goldpanners seal first place with sweep of the Mat-Su Miners.

The Chinooks broke a 4-4 tie with a three-run outburst in the bottom of the fourth inning. Griffin Gum was instrumental in the inning, driving in a run and stealing home to score another.

Oilers 3, Pilots 2 (11 innings)

The Peninsula Oilers chipped away at an Anchorage Glacier Pilots lead Friday and prevailed 3-2 with a run in the bottom of the 11th inning at Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

The Pilots led 2-0 through three innings, but the Oilers scored runs in the fifth and sixth to knot the score at 2-2.



Team W L Pct GB

Goldpanners 22 12 .647 -

Anchorage Bucs 20 14 .588 2

Mat-Su Miners 19 15 .559 3

Peninsula Oilers 18 16 .529 4

Glacier Pilots 16 18 .471 6

Chugiak Chinooks 7 27 .206 15

Friday's results

Goldpanners 9, Miners 8

Goldpanners 6, Miners 2

Oilers 3, Pilots 2 (11 innings)

Chinooks 8, Bucs 5

Saturday's schedule

Miners at Goldpanners, 5 p.m., Growden Park

Pilots at Oilers, 6 p.m., Seymour Park

Bucs at Chinooks, 6 p.m., French Field

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