PALMER — The Mat-Su Miners plated 14 total runs during their first five games of the season. Tuesday night, the Miners nearly equaled that number in nine innings.
Mat-Su blasted Chugiak 12-4 at Lee Jordan Field in Chugiak.
Central Missouri junior Erik Webb enjoyed a stellar Mat-Su debut, finished 3 of 4 at the plate, with three runs scored and three RBI. Kent State’s Justin Kirby continued his strong start to the Alaska Baseball League season with three hits, three runs and two RBI. Kody Huff, who recently capped his high school career in Arizona, also scored three runs. Tanner Carlson drove in three runs. Tyler Porter added two hits, two runs and an RBI.
Connor Butler earned the win in relief, working four innings. He allowed three hits and two earned runs, and fanned six.
Mat-Su led 2-1 early and broke the game open with a five-run fourth. The Miners added a combined five runs in the fifth and the sixth innings.
Collin Montez sparked the Miners in the fourth with a leadoff walk, and scored on a Porter single. Kirby, Webb and Carlson followed with a run-scoring singles in the inning.
Mat-Su improved to 3-3 overall with the win.
The Miners continued their seven-game road trip with a 5-4 loss to the Anchorage Bucs Wednesday night in Anchorage. Carlson gave the Miners a 3-2 lead, scoring on a passed ball. Williamson had also scored on a passed ball to tie the game at 2. After Anchorage tied the score at 3, Kirby hit his second home run of the summer to give the Miners a 4-3 lead.
Anchorage grabbed the win with a pair of runs in the bottom of the ninth.
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