FAIRBANKS, AK-Last night your Alaska Goldpanners took a 2-1 series lead with their four gamer with the Chugiak Chinooks. It was another hot start for the home team in Growden Memorial Park.
In the fifth Alaska leading 6-1 as Alex Rubanowitz brings in center fielder Nick Catalano on the rbi single his ninth of the year. Those two spearheaded the offense with two hits a-piece. Catalano had two rbis and two runs.
From then on it was all about defense. The Panners got the runs early and their pitchers and outfielders did the rest. A Chinooks base coach was ejected from the dugout protesting a strikeout. Chugiak was frustrated all night a lot of early runs for Alaska were from Chugiak errors.
Micheal Dingilian got the win for his six innings of work. Matt Milke relieved him with four Ks in two innings and Andrew Buehler closed it out for the 7-1 victory.
Alaska is now 12-6 and number in the ABL, a game ahead of the Bucs.
The pitching staff allowed just three hits in game three's win. The series concludes tonight. Head coach David Harris recognizes that his pitching staff and team his buying in.
"I think they all understand that anybody can pitch anytime. I'm not gonna live and die with one pitcher on the rubber and I think guys are starting to roles now which is really important within a ball club. These guys just keep stepping up to whatever situation I put them in but they're ready and they're competitive and great mentality out there," Harris said. "I usually just try to get them to play pitch by pitch, inning by inning, game by game and usually good things happen when you play like that."