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Miners, Bucs advance to Top of the World Series

  • Author: Alaska Dispatch News
  • Updated: August 4, 2017
  • Published August 3, 2017

The Mat-Su Miners and Anchorage Bucs swept best-of-3 semifinals series on Thursday to advance to the Alaska Baseball League's Top of the World Series.

Mat-Su defeated the Peninsula Oilers 2-1 in Palmer, and the Bucs downed the Anchorage Glacier Pilots 3-1 in Anchorage.

The Miners, the top seed in the playoffs, will host the best-of-3 Top of the World Series. Game 1 is Friday at 6 p.m. at Hermon Brothers Field. Game 2 is slated for 2 p.m. on Saturday, with a third game at 6 p.m. if necessary.

On Thursday, John Doxakis threw eight innings and six strikeouts while surrendering four hits and one run in Mat-Su's 2-1 win.

Brandon Chinea started the scoring in the fourth inning with a two-run single for the Miners.

Peninsula's Ryan Smith scored on a Mat-Su error in the sixth inning to make it 2-1.

The Oilers, who were the designated home team, threatened in the bottom of the ninth by putting runners on second and third with one out. Mat-Su got the second out on a groundout and ended the game with Elijah MacNamee's diving catch in center field.

In Thursday's game at Mulcahy Stadium, the Bucs rallied from an early 1-0 deficit to top the Glacier Pilots.

The comeback began in the sixth inning when Domenic Colacchio drove home Jake Vieth with a single.

The Bucs took the lead for good in the seventh inning when Todd Lott clubbed a solo home run. Ryan Williams pushed the score to 3-1 with an eighth-inning sacrifice fly.

Andrew Kneussle pitched a complete game for the Bucs, striking out three and allowing five hits and one run.

The Miners defeated the Bucs in the semifinals last season and defeated Peninsula in the Top of the World Series.