PALMER — With a doubleheader sweep, the Anchorage Glacier Pilots have jumped ahead of the Mat-Su Miners in the Alaska Baseball League standings.
Anchorage, which trailed Mat-Su by a half-game going into action, is now two games ahead of the Miners after scoring a 3-0 win followed by an 8-6 victory Friday night at Hermon Brothers Field in Palmer.
Second-place Anchorage improved to 24-16, and the now third-place Miners dropped to 24-16. The ABL rivals will meet in another doubleheader Sunday afternoon in Palmer. They are the final games between the two teams during the regular season. The second-place finisher will host the third-place finisher during the first round of the ABL playoffs in August.
As of Friday night, the Anchorage Bucs (28-13) held a 3.5-game lead over the Pilots at the top of the standings.
Anchorage used four runs in the sixth to grab the 8-6 lead in the second game of the doubleheader. Tyler Porter and Collin Montez led Mat-Su with a pair of hits in the loss. Porter also scored twice. Four different Miners finished with an RBI.
Earlier in the day, Logan Freeman tossed six shutout innings to lead the Pilots to the 3-0 win over the Miners. Mat-Su finished with only three singles in the loss.
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