McCart becomes 4th local pitcher this summer to win ABL game

July 5, 2021

Taylor McCart

Anchorage’s Taylor McCart flourished in one of the biggest starts of his baseball career.

The 19-year-old pitcher started for the Anchorage Glacier Pilots in the annual Fourth of July doubleheader against the Anchorage Bucs in front of several thousand fans at Mulcahy Stadium.

McCart pitched four innings and picked up his first win in the Alaska Baseball League as the Pilots held on for a 4-3 victory.

McCart, of Bartlett High fame, became the fourth Alaskan this season to earn a winning decision in the ABL, one of the country’s premier summer college leagues.

The other three victorious Alaskans are Eagle River’s Cody Curfman of the Pilots, Wasilla’s James Arend of the Mat-Su Miners and Eagle River’s Justin Nevells of the Chugiak Chinooks.

They are among a group of 12 Alaskans playing in the ABL this summer.

McCart pitched his freshman season at Dakota Wesleyan University. He came back for a chance to play for his hometown ABL team.

This was his fourth appearances with the Pilots and by far his best effort. The Pilots are 4-0 when he pitches.

McCart has a 2.57 ERA in seven innings of work across four appearances with the Pilots.

Cody Curfman baseball

Cody Curfman

James Arend

Curfman has a 1-0 record in eight appearances with the Pilots. He has a 3.27 ERA in 11 innings with six strikeouts.

Arend has started two of his four games with the Miners and has posted a 1-1 record. He has 11 strikeouts in 11.2 innings.

Nevells has a 1-0 record and 3.48 ERA in seven appearances with the Chinooks. He has racked up a half dozen strikeouts in 10.1 innings.

Other Alaskans pitching in the league include Anchorage’s Leland Wilson (Bucs), Homer’s Mose Hays (Oilers), Anchorage’s Bubba Mendoza (Pilots) and Wasilla’s Austin Robertson (Miners).

Offensively, Anchorage’s Terren Sugita leads the Alaska contingent with a .356 on-base percentage and six base hits. Anchorage’s Luke Langnes (Bucs) is batting .286 on 2-of-7 hitting while Wasilla’s Waylon Payne (Miners) and Nevells (Chinooks) each have one hit.

Anchorage’s Ricky Gatter (Bucs) picked up his first ABL hit over the holiday weekend. Last month, he went 4-for-4 in an exhibition game against the Legion All-Stars.