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As the Alaska Baseball League heads into its final week, rain makes a rare appearance

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: July 23
  • Published July 23

For the first time this season, rain washed out an Alaska Baseball League game at Palmer’s Hermon Brothers Field.

Pouring rain — a welcome relief in a state where there are more than 200 wildfires burning — postponed Tuesday night’s game between the Mat-Su Miners and Anchorage Glacier Pilots. It will be made up Friday in a doubleheader beginning at 4 p.m. at Hermon Brothers.

“I’m happy about it, to be honest. I think about all the firefighters out there,” Mat-Su Miners general manager Pete Christopher said.

“It hasn’t rained since the players have been here the first week in June.”

A little more than one week remains in the ABL regular season, which ends Friday, July 31. After that comes the Top of the World Tournament, which runs Aug. 1-6 and will culminate in the crowning of a league champion.

Four of the league’s five teams will advance to the tournament, and right now the big question is which team will be left out.

The Miners (22-15 through Monday’s games), Pilots (20-16) and Anchorage Bucs (26-12) are locks to make the tournament. Up for grabs is the final spot, which will go to either the Chugiak Chinooks or the Peninsula Oilers. The Chinooks (13-25 through Monday’s games) lead the Oilers (13-26) by half a game.

Mat-Su is the reigning champion.

Heading into the season’s final stretch, Mat-Su’s Erik Webb is closing in on the batting title. He leads the ABL with a .350 batting average — Peninsula’s Bobby Goodloe and the Bucs’ Chad Castillo are next at .336 – and also leads the league in RBIs and hits, with 29 of each.

The Bucs boast two of the top pitchers in Robert Hamby, who is 5-0 with four saves, and Colton Rendon, who has nine saves and a 0.82 ERA. The Pilots counter with Hunter Rigsby, who leads the ABL with a .076 ERA, and Matthew Sanchez, who has a league-high 44 strikeouts.

Alaska Baseball League standings

Anchorage Bucs 26-12

Mat-Su Miners 22-15

Anchorage Glacier Pilots 20-16

Chugiak Chinooks 13-25

Peninsula Oilers 13-26

Wednesday’s games

Bucs at Oilers, 6 p.m.

Miners at Pilots, 7:10 p.m.

Thursday’s games

Bucs at Oilers, 6 p.m.

Chinooks at Pilots, 7:10 p.m.

Friday’s games

Pilots at Miners (doubleheader), 4 p.m.

Bucs at Oilers, 6 p.m.

Saturday’s games

Pilots at Chinooks, 6 p.m.

Bucs at Oilers, 6 p.m.

Sunday’s games

Bucs at Oilers, 2 p.m.

Pilots at Miners (doubleheader), 2 p.m.

Monday’s game

Pilots at Chinooks, 6 p.m.

Tuesday’s game (July 30)

Chinooks at Miners, 6 p.m.

Wednesday’s game (July 31)

Miners at Chinooks, 6 p.m.

(End regular season)

ABL LEADERS

Batting average (minimum 100 at-bats)

Erik Webb, Miners, .350

Bobby Goodloe, Oilers, .336

Chad Castillo, Bucs, . 336

Cole Tate, Bucs, .303

Camden Vasquez, Oilers, .299

RBIs

Erik Webb, Miners, 29

Matt Ottino, Pilots, 28

Ryan Sullivan, Bucs, 26

Haden Keller, Chinooks, 25

J. Paul Fullerton, Chinooks, 25

Runs

Erik Webb, Miners, 29

Matt Ottino, Pilots, 25

Isaac Barrera, Bucs, 25

Justin Kirby, Miners, 24

Ethan English, Chinooks, 23

Steals

Daylen Calicdan, Pilots, 15

Jess Davis, Chinooks, 14

Malcolm Tipler, Pilots, 11

Coby Boulware, Miners, 11

Earned-run average (minimum 17 innings)

Hunter Rigsby, Pilots, .76

Colton Rendon, Bucs, .82

Calvin Farris, Oilers, 1.04

Jeremy Cook, Bucs, 1.44

Randy Abshier, Miners, 1.52

Kyler Bush, Miners, 1.54

Strikeouts

Matthew Sanchez, Pilots, 44

George Arias, Miners, 41

Randy Abshier, Miners, 40

Zach Sundine, Chinooks, 37

Tyler O’Clair, Chinooks, 34

Innings pitched

Sam Brace, Chinooks, 50.1

Zach Sundine, Chinooks, 43.1

Ian Meijo, Bucs, 41.2

Matthew Sanchez, Pilots, 41.2

Randy Abshier, Miners, 41.1

Wins

Robert Hamby, Bucs, 5

Anderson Needham, Pilots, 4

Saves

Colton Rendon, Bucs, 9

Jacob McNairy, Miners, 7

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