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Photos: A perfect night for Alaska baseball

Players for the Anchorage Bucs relax before a game against the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage on June 12, 2013. The Bucs won 9-1.
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Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks batting helmets lined up before a game against the Anchorage Bucs at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage on June 12, 2013. The Bucs won 9-1.
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Wood and wood-composite bats lie next to the Anchorage Bucs' dugout before a game against the visiting Alaska Goldpanners at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage on June 12, 2013. The Bucs won 9-1.
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Anchorage Bucs bat boy Dylan Maltby, 9, practices his pitch before a Bucs-Goldpanners game at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage on June 12, 2013. The Bucs won 9-1.
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Austin Stone pitched for the Bucs during a game at Mulcahy Stadium against the Alaska Goldpanners, visiting from Fairbanks, on June 12, 2013. The Bucs won 9-1.
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Anchorage Bucs catcher Michael Strentz broke a bat during a Bucs-Goldpanners game at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage on June 12, 2013. The Bucs won 9-1.
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Collin Ferguson provides color commentary during a Bucs-Goldpanners game at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage on June 12, 2013. The Bucs won 9-1.
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The Anchorage Bucs played the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage on June 12, 2013. The Bucs won 9-1.
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Bucs outfielder DonAndre Clark slides into home plate during a Bucs-Goldpanners game at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage on June 12, 2013. The Bucs won 9-1.
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The Anchorage Bucs played the Fairbanks, Alaska Goldpanners at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage on June 12, 2013. The Bucs won 9-1.
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Austin Stone pitched for the home team Bucs during a game against Fairbanks's Alaska Goldpanners at Anchorage's Mulcahy Stadium on June 12, 2013. The Bucs won 9-1.
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Baseball fans enjoyed perfect weather during a Bucs-Goldpanners game at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage on June 12, 2013. The Bucs won 9-1.
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A member of the Goldpanners keeps tabs on the stats during a Bucs-Goldpanners game at Mulcahy Stadium on June 12, 2013. The Bucs won 9-1.
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The Anchorage Bucs played the Fairbanks Goldpanners at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage on June 12, 2013. The Bucs won 9-1.
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The Anchorage Bucs played the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage on June 12, 2013. The Bucs won 9-1.
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The Anchorage Bucs played the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage on June 12, 2013. The Bucs won 9-1.
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A baseball fan watches a Bucs-Goldpanners game at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage on June 12, 2013. The Bucs won 9-1.
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Baseball fans enjoyed perfect weather during a Bucs-Goldpanners game at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage on June 12, 2013. The Bucs won 9-1.
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Scott Woodham

After emerging from a "spring from hell," Alaska's summer is now official. In case you haven't noticed, and, as baseball funnyman Bob Uecker might say, judging by the attendance you haven't, the Alaska Baseball League is back to play its 2013 season.

The Alaska Baseball League is one of the oldest sporting traditions in the state and one of the most prestigious wood-bat-only amateur leagues in the US. Each summer, for decades, it has helped young collegiate players hone their skills under Alaska's bountiful summer daylight.

Hundreds of future major leaguers, from unknowns to superstars like Dave Winfield and Tom Seaver, have made their way through the ranks of teams that roam the road system from Fairbanks to Kenai for several weeks in the heart of mainland Alaska's made-for-baseball summers.

For Southcentral fans, the 2012 season was marred by dark gray, cool weather, hardly the best for baseball diamonds. But the weather this year is off to a great start, perhaps too great.

The stands at Mulcahy Stadium were sparsely populated for Wednesday's Anchorage Bucs home game against the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks, perhaps because the weather beckoned people far from the city. But fans at the game were treated to an utterly sublime night for basball. Plus, the home team won.

The ABL has returned. All hail the crack of the bat, the smack of the glove and the Midnight Sun. All glory to the players, coaches and volunteers and their boundless love of the game. All hail summer, and bless the umpires' eyes.

The ABL schedule, rosters, scoreboard, standings and history, plus team websites and much more are available online.