FAIRBANKS-Last night the Goldpanners bounced back from their first loss in the San Francisco Seals and closed out the five game series strong.
The Seals wanted to continue some winning ways from last night. Second baseman Jack Seaton spearheaded a double play to protect the Seals' 2-1 lead in the bottom of the third.
But Alaska's Jacob Hayes made the play of the night bottom of the fourth with two outs and two on and it's gone. Hayes hits his third homer of the year to give the Panners a 4-2 lead.
"On that pitch that I hit it was a low curve ball. Lefty on lefty curveball, you don't see those a lot and usually a lot of left handed hitters have trouble with that-myself included," Hayes said as he chuckled.
"His off speed stuff. It wasn't real fast so I was able kind of-I was able to see it and kind of wait back on it but I was still a little out front and so I didn't really like, crush that ball but I got enough it to get it out of here."
Joel Belk got the start for Alaska and responded with 9Ks in six innings with three earned. He is tied for second in the ABL with 14 strikeouts. He had defense behind him with Vahn Bozoian's nice sliding catch to snatch a dropping fly ball in the top of of the seventh.
The wheels came off for Seals pitcher Zach Hodgkiss but things didn't change win they went to Joe Valdez. 6-3 Alaska in the bottom of the seventh and Hayes is at it again with a two run rbi single. Teammate Eric Hutting got in on the action with a two run triple giving him nine rbis in seven games. He had nine total for Long Beach State this season.
Alaska wins 10-3 and wins the series over the Seals 4-1.
"Last night, that was a tough game, we should've won it but glad we came out today and got them back because I think it's good going into the next series and moving here from here on out so." Belk said.
Alaska is now 4-3 and have today off before starting their four game Midnight Sun Series with the Lake Eerie Monarchs out of Michigan on Thursday.