The Anchorage Bucs swept a doubleheader from the Peninsula Oilers on Tuesday at Mulcahy Field in Anchorage to end any chance of the Oilers winning the Alaska Baseball League.
The Oilers (17-15 in the ABL) fell to three games behind the league-leading Mat-Su Miners with three games to play. However, the Alaska Goldpanners (19-12) and the Bucs (19-13) also are ahead of the Oilers.
The scores of the games were 3-0 and 6-5 in eight innings.
The first game belonged to Collin Ferguson. He hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the first off loser GJ Strauss, and that completed the scoring in that game.
In the second game, the Bucs again jumped out fast, scoring two in the first and two in the second against Billy Strode.
In the third inning, the Oilers began to try and chip away at the lead when David Herd replaced starter Andrew Sopko on the mound.
Michael Hoo started the inning with a single, then Turner Clouse followed with a single. After Taylor Tempel struck out, Hoo stole third and Clouse stole second. Hoo then scored on a grounder by Alvarez.
In the fourth, Dillon Dobson led off the inning with a double, then Noah Holmes doubled to score Dobson with one out.
In the fifth, Cory Copping came in for David Herd and the Oilers kept inching back. With one out, Tempel singled.
He then stole second, took third on a passed ball and scored on a single by Alvarez.
The Oilers were able to draw even in the top of the seventh on Anthony Gonsolin. Clouse started the inning with a single, then Tempel and Alvarez both reached on bunts due to errors to load the bases.
Tim Proudfoot hit a sacrifice fly to score Clouse, move Tempel to third and Alvarez to second. Dobson then popped out to short and Adam Sonabend also flew out to end the threat.
The Oilers finally pulled ahead in the top of the eighth when Clouse had a single to score Ramirez.
However, the Bucs came back with two runs off of Brody Greer in the bottom of the inning to win the game.
The Oilers take Wednesday off before finishing the season with 6 p.m. games at Coral Seymour Memorial Park on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.