ANCHORAGE-Winning the regular season ABL title was huge for the Goldpanners and you'll see why. Today the Panners earned a berth into the ABL Tournament championship series with a memorable finish. Nolan Meadows hit the walk off rbi single in the bottom of the tenth to lift the Panners to a 4-3 victory over Chugiak this afternoon.
The Goldpanners found themselves down 2-0 going into the the fifth frame but still faced a 3-1 two run deficit in the sixth. Rick Reigner got Alaska on the board with an rbi single brining in catcher Jimmy Sinatro in the fifth inning.
Alaska rallied and tied it a three all in the bottom of the sixth with David Edwards hitting a double. Meadows followed up with a rbi triple. Center fielder Nick Catalono brought Meadows in with an rbi single of his own to tie it up.
The fiesty Chinooks held off the Panners and vice versa as this game went into extras. Pitcher Matt Milke got the win for Alaska as he fanned the side in the top of the tenth setting up Meadows.
Meadows had runners at first and third after David Fletcher got on base with a walk. Alex Rubanowitz was put out but his at bat advanced Fletcher to third. Edwards reached base on single before Meadows ripped one to decide the 4-3 game.
The Panners had 12 hits in this game and left eight men base. That's also three straight extra inning games for the Goldpanners in this Tournament. They now have a 2-2 record.
Chugiak defeated the Miners 10-5 yesterday dropping the Miners to a 2-2 record. There was a three way tie for third place between the Bucs, Chinooks and Alaska. They were 1-2.
But tie breakers in the ABL tournament are based on the final season standings.
The Goldpanners were number one in the standings so they leap frogged the Miners for second place with a victory today over the Chinooks. The top two teams play in the championship series.
That championship round is the best out of three with a double header tomorrow between the Goldpanners and Glacier Pilots starting at 4 pm on Saturday.