'Play ball!' is the phrase of the week for Glacier Pilots and Oilers
The Alaska Baseball League is a respected developmental summer league. Players from some of the best college programs across the country come to the 49th State to hone their skills. It's all about repetition. And playing games-- a lot of them.
This week, due to inclement weather combined with poor field conditions, the Anchorage Glacier Pilots and Peninsula Oilers are seeing a lot of each other in a short period of time.
How's six games in three days? Doubleheaders on Thursday, Friday and Saturday will keep them busy. And they're happy to be back on the field.
"It's been hard trying to rest, have fun, and also enjoy it, not being at home. It's been a bit of a struggle," said Glacier Pilots infielder Marc Mumper.
Now they feel free.
"Last couple of days, the kids have been cooped up, they just want to get out here and play," said Glacier Pilots head coach Larry McCann.
It's the same deal for Peninsula, except infielder Grant Wood and his teammates have the comforts of home.
"It feels good honestly. We've been cooped up inside, coming to the field, getting it ready, just to be disappointed not to play," he said.
Even the veterans haven't seen three doubleheaders in three days but, "there's a first time for everything," according to Oilers head coach Kyle Bown.
The games will be seven innings instead of the usual nine. Saturday's contests at Coral Seymour Memorial Park will be free of charge to the fans.
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