PALMER — The Mat-Su Miners have been in a battle with the Anchorage Bucs for the top spot in the Alaska Baseball League. But now the Miners have found themselves locked in another race.

This time it’s with the Anchorage Glacier Pilots.

Anchorage moved within a half-game of the second-place Miners in the standings with a 5-4 extra-innings win over Mat-Su Wednesday night in Anchorage.

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With the tightening of the gap between second and third, the weekend could decide which team will be hitting the road for the opening round of the upcoming ABL postseason. As of Wednesday night, the Bucs (27-12) stood in first place, 4.5 games ahead of Mat-Su (22-16) and five ahead of the third-place Pilots (21-16). The Miners host the Pilots in a pair of doubleheaders Friday and Sunday at Hermon Brothers Field.

George Mendazano tripled and scored in the bottom of the 14th to give Anchorage the walk-off win over the Miners. The Pilots tied the score at 4 in the seventh.

The Miners used three runs in the sixth to take a 4-3 lead. Coby Boulware scored on a Justin Kirby single early in the sixth. Tyler Porter followed with a two-run double later in the inning.

Porter led the Miners with two hits and two RBI. Erik Webb added two hits, and was one of four Miners to score a run.

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