Goldpanners end summer home slate with a walk-off home run

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FAIRBANKS-The Alaska Goldpanners were looking for revenge Thursday night as they faced the Matsu-Miners for their last home game of the summer season. The night before the Miners handed the Panners there worst loss of the summer-a 7-1 game that felt like a blowout. The tables turned with Alaska first baseman Tanner Pinkston launching a walk off home run in extras handing the Miners a devastating loss.

The Panners were in a dog fight with the Miners on Thursday. Matsu was off to a great start early picking up three runs by the 5th inning and led 3-0.

Alaska started to heat up at the plate after Jacob Hayes hits a solo homer over center field putting the first run on the board for the Panners. It was a big scoring inning for Alaska. They tied the game picking up two more runs as Eric Hutting and Hunter Villanueva crossed home plate to end the fifth.

The Miners didn't answer back until late in the game in the top of the eighth with the contest tied 3-3. Matsu got the go ahead run after an overthrow from the Panners second basebman Hunter Villanueva to Pinkston after a base hit. Dayne Wunderlich crosses the plate to give Miners a lead 4-3.

But Alaska responded with a Vahn Bozoian's rbi that squared the game again at 4-4 in the bottom of the eighth. This game would end up going into extra innings.

In the bottom of the tenth Pinkston decides to not just end the game but give a firework show finish for the Panners home fans by hitting a three-run walk off home run to give the Panners the victory 7-4.

Pinkston, solid defensive first baseman for the Panners, felt responsibility to give the Fairbanks fans something to remember this team by in their final home game the summer.

"It's extremely important for me. Even if it's not the game winning hit I want to be able to do that whenever I can." Pinkston said. "It's special for me and this team because we want to do it for the town of Fairbanks and we wanted to put on a good show for the last game here."