About the only thing that's been able to stop the Peninsula Oilers and the American Legion Twins lately is the rain.
Both the Twins and Oilers were scheduled to play games at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage on Monday. Rain kept either game from happening.
The Oilers, winners of seven in a row and 13 of their last 14, were slated to face the Anchorage Glacier Pilots at 7 p.m. The washed out game means the Oilers will face the Pilots in a doubleheader, with both games being seven innings, today starting at 7 p.m. The Oilers are 7-0 against the Glacier Pilots this season.
On Tuesday, the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks defeated the visiting Anchorage Bucs 6-5 to improve to 28-10, win their seventh straight game and remain in first place in the league. The Oilers are at 28-12, one game out of first place. Also in Fairbanks, the Mat-Su Miners lost to the Athletes in Action Fire 10-4 to fall to 26-13 and 2 1-2 games out of first place.
After the doubleheader against the Pilots, the Oilers have just two more games left in the ABL season -- at 6 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday against the Miners.
The Goldpanners will squeeze seven games into the rest of their season. Today, the Panners host the Bucs for a 5 p.m. doubleheader.
The Panners travel to play the Pilots on Thursday at 7 p.m., then play 3 p.m. doubleheaders on the road against the Miners on both Friday and Saturday.
The Miners have today off before playing the Oilers on Wednesday and Thursday and the Panners on Friday and Saturday.
The reason for the late start on the Oilers doubleheader today is the American Legion state baseball tournament, which is also taking place at Mulcahy. On Monday, the four teams with undefeated records at the tournament were supposed to play -- Wasilla vs. Fairbanks and Kenai vs. Dimond. The Twins had won the first two of the games in the tournament by mercy rule, topping Eagle River 14-4 on Friday and South 8-1 on Saturday.
Instead, those two quarterfinal games have now been moved to Wednesday, with Kenai set to take on Dimond at 10 a.m. and Wasilla taking on Fairbanks at 1 p.m.
Today, the state tournament will feature a pair of games in the losers' bracket. West will face Chugiak at 10 a.m. and Service will face South at 1 p.m.
If the Twins defeat Dimond on Wednesday, they will advance to the Thursday semifinal at 1 p.m. If the Twins lose, though, they will have to turn right around and play a losers' bracket game at 4 p.m. on Wednesday.
Three teams have already been eliminated from the 11-team tournament. On Sunday, West eliminated Eagle River with a 7-1 win, Chugiak eliminated Bartlett with a 23-3 win, and South eliminated East with an 11-1 win.
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