Sam Thompson

Mat-Su Miners catcher Sam Thompson tries to put the tag on Anchorage’s Malcom Tipler during a 5-1 loss to the Pilots.

PALMER — The Alaska Baseball League season has come to an end for the Mat-Su Miners.

The Anchorage Glacier Pilots used a 2-1 win over the Miners Friday night at Hermon Brothers Field in Palmer to complete the first-round sweep, and deny the three-time defending ABL champs’ bid for the historic four-peat. Anchorage plated both of its runs in the second, and it was enough to push the Pilots ahead to the ABL Top of the World Series championship set. Anchorage will play either the Anchorage Bucs or Peninsula Oilers in the final.

Mat-Su earned league titles in 2016, 2107 and 2018, and had advanced to the championship series for five straight seasons. The Miners and Pilots finished tie in the regular season standings with 26-18 records. Mat-Su won the season series against the Pilots, and earned the second seed in the four-team mini tourney and home field advantage throughout the first round of the playoffs.

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Anchorage was able to win back-to-back games at Hermon Brothers Field. The Pilots opened the series with a 5-1 win on Thursday.

Friday, Daylin Calicdan and George Mendazano each drove in a run for the Pilots in the second. Mat-Su was able to cut Anchorage’s lead in half in the sixth with an Erik Webb RBI, but could not get the equalizer. Kody Huff led the Miners with a single and a double. T

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