PALMER — The only thing hotter than the Mat-Su Miners at the start of their Alaska Baseball League season is the afternoon sun. Unfortunately for the Anchorage Glacier Pilots, both were blazing Monday evening at Herman Brothers Field as the Miners came from behind to top the Pilots 3-2 and move to 3-0 on the season.
Despite record temperatures in the Valley that hit 81 degrees, it was a tired but feisty Glacier Pilots team that took an early advantage over Mat-Su. Fresh off a 14-inning loss to the Chugiak Chanooks on Sunday, Anchorage broke the ice in the second inning on a Duane Parker double down the right field line, scoring Brody Russell, who led off the inning with a double. Another Glacier Pilot double in the fourth, this time from Micah Green, scored Russell again and gave the visitors a 2-0 cushion.
Although Miners starter Gavin Glanz began the game a little shaky, allowing the lead-off runner on the first two innings and giving up five hits in the first four, the Oral Roberts University junior settled down to pitch three more innings. He gave up only a single hit after the fourth and struck out six batters overall while giving up a walk.
While Glanz was settling down on the mound, a sluggish Miners offense found a little pop in the bottom of the fifth inning.
With two outs and left fielder Jack Amaro on first (he reached on an error), Ben Wylly singled and advanced Amaro to third to set up shortstop A.J. Simcox, who singled to score Amaro. That set the plate for newcomer John Williams, who singled to score Wylly and Simcox, giving the Miners a 3-2 lead they would hold.