By Mario Gonzalez
An error filled afternoon for the Mat-Su Miners defense led to the first loss of the year against the Anchorage Glacier Pilots. The Pilots beat the Miners 7-3 on Saturday at Hermon Brothers Field.
“Today was a tough one; I thought the kids played really hard,” head coach Ben Taylor said. “A couple of bounces didn’t go our way, [Ty] Schlottmann gave us a great start, and I think we competed really hard at the plate like we usually do.”
Mat-Su trailed 1-0 as the team entered the bottom of the 3rd inning. AJ Simcox tied the game with an RBI single that scored Spencer Mahoney. They were not done scoring in the inning as Chrsitin Stewart hit a two-run single for his 22nd and 23rd RBI of the year and gave his team a 3-1 lead.
“I’m in a spot where I’m suppose to bring people in and I just try to do my job every time I go up to the plate,” Stewart said. “[I] just try to move them, score them, do whatever I have to do.”
The Pilots took the lead in the 7th innings after a couple of defensive miscues from the Miners. The visitors pushed two more runs across in the 9th. This made four of five unanswered runs by the Pilots unearned.
The Miners’ defense made four errors in the game that led to four unearned runs for the pitching staff. The Miners have committed 11 errors over the past four games. Prior to the last four contests, the Miners had seven errors total in their first 18 games.
“Some days you don’t hit, some days you don’t pitch, [and] some days you don’t play good defense,” Taylor said. “I would be shocked with the quality of player and quality of young men that we have on this team that things would continue too trend this way.”
The Pilots return to Palmer on Monday night to take on the Miners for the final league play meeting between the two teams. Mat-Su has already won the series having won the first four games.