FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Alaska Goldpanners baseball is back.
The Panners kicked off their 60th season with a road trip down to Edmonds, Washington for a pair of contests against the Northwest Honkers.
The Goldpanners split the mini-series with the Honkers, falling in Friday nights game 4-3.
The Goldpanners faced a 4-0 deficit heading into the ninth inning, and with two outs and their backs against the wall, the Panners put five straight men on base and pushed across three runs.
With the bases loaded, a screaming line drive was caught by the Honkers' first baseman, ending the comeback effort, but the Panners were able to get revenge in game two.
The Goldpanners, still getting accustom to their new teammates, throttled the Honkers 7-1 earlier today.
Jacob Fricke, of Western Oregon had a dominant performance on the mound, not allowing a run in his six inning of work.
The Goldpanners travel home to Fairbanks with a more complete roster, where they will have their home opener against the the Fairbanks Men's League on June 11.
First pitch is at 7 p.m. at Growden Memorial Park.