Goldpanners beat undefeated Bucs, win seventh straight

FAIRBANKS, AK-Your Alaska Goldpanners have won seven games in a row. Their latest W was last night against the Anchorage Bucs who came in 6-0; undefeated in ABL play.

The Bucs got off to a good start despite a two run homer being called a ground rule double. They got 10 hits off of starter Nathan Bannister and led 3-0 top of the second.

Bannister and the Panners recovered. In the bottom of the fourth Nolan Meadows double brought home Chance Abrath. Two runs scored in that inning.

Bottom of the sixth. Errors by Anchorage put the Panners ahead. They had a 4-3 lead when Payden Cawley-Lamb scored off an error. The Bucs had five in the game. Collin Feguson's error in the bottom of the seventh allowed more Panner runs. The home team led 7-4 at that point then Meadows brought in Cawley-Lamb for insurance.

The Panners win 8-4. Bannister got the win in eight innings of work with three Ks. The GoldPanners are 2-2 in the ABL. First baseman Nolan Meadows had two rbis on two hits for Alaska.

"I think we were just impatient. Pitchers weren't hitting their spots a lot so you've gotta wait for your pitch and we all waited for it and came up clutch," Meadows said.

Tony Cappuccilli, Anchorage Bucs head coach, gave the Goldpanners props.

"They started making some adjustments and we just didn't capitalize on some opportunities that we had offensively. They just did a better job than we did tonight," Cappuccilli said.

"It was nice setting the tone the right way," Goldpanners head coach Bryan Harris said. "They're [Bucs] a very good baseball team, they [Bucs] have a lot of talent on that team and I think we did a good job of exposing some of their weaknesses and sticking to our strengths which is why we came out on top of that game."