ANCHORAGE, AK-Even a long delay didn't throw off the Goldpanners last night as they faced the Anchorage Bucs in their ABL Tournament opener. The Glacier Pilots and Mat-Su Miners went 11 innings and the Miners came away with the 8-7 win before the Panners could take the field. When they did the Panners got a 4-1 win over the Bucs.
Less means more. The Panners only had two hits and won the game. Scoring at least a run in the bottom of the second, third and fourth innings. They gave up six hits but allowed one score.
Drew Mitrisin got the win allowing one run on six hits. Matt Milke was in the the zone. In four and two third innings of work Milke tossed eight Ks, no hits or walks and got the save. David Edwards had an RBI single to lead the Panners.
Two errors by the Bucs turned into runs for Goldpanners who had seven stolen bases in the win.
Next up are those Miners. The team Alaska beat to win the ABL regular season title. The Miners have been in back to back extra inning games so they could be a bit worn down.
Two of the best offensive teams will go at it but the Panners have pitching. AJ Simcox and Christin Stewart are arguably the top hitters in the ABL. Simcox is hitting .356 tops in the ABL and Stewart leads the league with 31 rbis and is tied with David Edwards with five homers. However, the Panners, have a staff. Pitcher Nathan Bannister is 6-0 best in the ABL with a 2.25 ERA. Cody Moffett's 0.76 ERA is second in the league. Mikey Ramirez is 4-1 and Kevin Sprague has nine saves to lead the ABL.
The Miners and Panners meet at 9 pm tonight in Mulcahy Stadium.