The Top of the World Tournament — the Alaska Baseball League’s postseason tournament — begins Thursday with four of the league’s five teams vying for the league championship.
The regular-season champion Anchorage Bucs will host the fourth-place Peninsula Oilers in a best-of-3 series at Mulcahy Stadium.
The other series will pit the Anchorage Glacier Pilots against the Mat-Su Miners. The location was up in the air pending the outcome of the final regular-season game Wednesday between the Miners and the Chugiak Chinooks.
If the Miners win, they and the Pilots would finish with identical 26-18 records and the Miners would win the tiebreaker based on their 6-5 record against the Pilots during the regular season. The best-of-3 series between the Miners and the Pilots would be held at Hermon Brothers Field in Palmer.
If the Miners lose, the Miners would finish in third place with a 25-19 record, one game behind the Pilots. That would put both playoff series at Mulcahy Stadium.
Pilots general manager Mike Hinshaw said that if the Pilots clinch second place, they would host the Miners at Mulcahy Stadium with games at 3 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and 7 p.m. on Saturday, if necessary.
The Bucs (29-14) will host the Oilers (15-29) at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and at 2 p.m. Saturday, if necessary
The winners of the series will meet in a best-of-3 championship series hosted by the highest remaining seed.
Left out of the playoffs are the Chinooks (13-29), who had lost four straight games heading into Wednesday’s game against the Miners.