The Anchorage Bucs shut down the Mat-Su Miners in Game 1 of the Alaska Baseball League Top of the World Series 4-0 Friday in Palmer.
Bucs starting pitcher Jared Morton was effective in eight innings of work. Morton allowed seven hits, a walk, struck out one batter, but bageled a powerful Mat-Su offense.
Top-seeded Mat-Su entered the game on a nine-game winning streak, outscoring its opponents 52-12. With the victory, the Bucs ended their own seven-game losing skid to the Miners.
Anchorage is one win away from its first ABL title since 2015, also against the Miners. The Miners, who are the defending champions, are in their fourth consecutive Top of the World Series.
Michael Fuchs started the scoring for the Bucs in the top of the second inning, following a Mat-Su error.
The Bucs pulled away with a three-run sixth inning. Fuchs scored again on a Cole Kleszcz sacrifice fly to center field and Jace VanDeBrake provided a lethal two-run single to push the score to 4-0.
Robert Winborne relieved Morton in ninth inning and recorded the final three outs for the Bucs.
The Miners host the Bucs at 2 p.m. for Game 2 in the best-of-3 series at Hermon Brothers Field in Palmer. The Bucs will be the designated home team.
A third game will follow at 6 p.m. with the Miners as the home team if they even the series at 1-1.