It took 11 innings, but the Anchorage Glacier Pilots (2-0) managed to put away the Matsu Miners (1-1) 8-7 on Tuesday at Mulcahy Field.
Russell led the Anchorage Glacier Pilots' offensive threat, as he got on base four times in the game. He singled in the first inning and doubled in the fifth inning.
A bright spot for the Matsu Miners in the defeat was Steven Keenum, who allowed only zero runs while striking out six.
Justin Dellinger improved to 1-0 on the year by picking up the win for the Anchorage Glacier Pilots. He allowed one run over two innings. He struck out one, walked one and surrendered one hit.
Beau Hilton (0-1) took the loss for the Matsu Miners. He lasted just 1 1/3 innings, walked two, struck out one, and allowed two runs.