PALMER — Mat-Su needed five pitchers to do it, but the Miners staff put together a shutout on the mound.
The Miners blanked the Peninsula Oilers 5-0 Friday at Hermon Brothers Field in Palmer.
Randy Abshier earned the win on the mound, allowing a pair of hits and fanning five over four innings. Abshier, who hit 87 pitches, didn’t allow the Oilers to cash in on any of their six walks. The pitching staff combined to allow only four hits and strike out nine. Evan Floyd worked two innings, and fanned three. Owen Lamon, Grant Sloan and Jacob McNairy pitched in inning each.
Five different Miners finished with two hits each in the win. Sam Thompson finished with two hits and two RBI. Justin Kirby had two hits and scored twice. Aaron Walters had a run, hit and RBI. Coby Boulware and Kody Huff added two hits and an RBI each.
Bobby Goodloe collected two of the Oilers four hits in the games.
Mat-Su improved to 21-13 with the win, and in second place of the Alaska Baseball League, 3.5 games the Anchorage Bucs. The Oilers dropped to 12-26, and are now a game behind Chugiak (11-23) in the race for the final ABL playoff berth.
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