FAIRBANKS, AK-Growden Memorial Park was filled to the brim as fans and tourisits took part in the 108th Midnight Sun Game. The Goldpanners obliged with a 4-1 win over the San Francisco Seals. The win is the fourth in a row for the Goldpanners.
Tonight's game marked the 54th time the Goldpanners have hosted the traiditional game which is played in its entirety without the use of artificial lights. However, this year was ironic because there wasn't much sunshine at midnigth as cloud cover made it more of a dusk night game than anything else but people showed up in droves to cheer on the Goldpanners.
The atmosphere was something to behold as fans congregated at just about of inch the park to socialize and see the game. Sierra Newman of Fairbanks, sang a stirring rendition of the state song in the middle of the sixth inning and Sean Timmons threw out the Midnight sun pitch during the seventh inning stretch at midnight. Timmons is winnigest Midnight Sun Game pitcher in Panners' history.
Alaska jumped out early after Casey Munoz's single down first base brought home Payden Cawley-Lamb for the first run of the historic game. Chance Abrath would come home after the Seals first baseman couldn't handle a one-hop throw to first for an out after a hit by Alex Rubanawitz. 2-0 Goldpanners in the bottom of the first.
The Seal respond with a solo home run in the ensuing inning to make it a 2-1 game. Alaska answered with another two runs in the bottom of the second as well. The scoring and offense faded away with the sunlight after those innings. The Goldpanners got some excellent pitching from Matt Milke who retired six batters. The Goldpanners defense didn't allow a base hit until the eighth inning.
University of Arizon product Cody Moffet closed out the win with three strikes in the top of the ninth to secure the 4-1 win.
The Goldpanners are 4-1 in the six game series with the Seals that wraps up tomorrow night. After dropping the first game 7-3 in this non league series Alaska has reeled off four straight wins and gears up for an upcoming home series with the Anchorage Bucs next week.