FAIRBANKS-The Alaska Goldpanners had an epic 19 run second inning in a Saturday night's 26-7 win over the Anchorage Glacier Pilots. Kris Paulino hit two grand slams in one inning. That's first time that has happened in Goldpanners history. But the home run derby continued on Sunday.
The Panners were down 1-0 in the bottom of the first until Vahn Bozohian came to the plate with two on and sends one out over the fence to give the Panners a 3-1 lead.
The Pilots answered with a dinger of their own. Shaun Wood's two run shot in the top of the third tied the game at three all. Then Kevin Viers had a solo shot, an opposite field home run to give the Pilots a 4-3 lead.
In the bottom of the frame Bozohian connects again with a solo shot of his own. Tying the game at 4-4. That was his seventh homer of the summer. Then Jacob Hayes hit the go-ahead rbi bringing in first baseman Tanner Pinkston to home plate and Alaska regained the lead at 5-4.
The Goldpanners would go on to score five runs in the bottom of the third. Scott Hurst, Kris Paulino and Cody Nulph all had rbis in that inning. Alaska sweeps the Pilots with a 8-4 win in game two Sunday's double header after taking game one 6-5.
The Panners and Pilots combined for 18 home runs in their three game series. Alaska had nine of them. This weekend was a perfect warm up before tonight's MLB home run derby.
Bozohian talked about his big night at the plate.
"Staying with the approach that the coaches have given me and [I] stayed within myself and kind of trusting what I can do and the entire team has definitely been doing that from top to bottom and obviously it shows," Bozohian. "The series was nuts and I'm really really actually you know happy and looking forward to what the rest of the season has."
"Yeah I mean I just feel like as a team we we're pretty confident going into this series and we've been playing well," Paulino said. "I think this weekend was a just a glimpse of what we can do I think it'll be fun the rest of the season."