The Alaska Goldpanners captured the title of champions after taking down the San Francisco Seals in the Grand Forks Invitational finals and won the prize money of $18,000. The Panners had an impressive run through the Money Round, taking down the Burnaby Bulldogs, Everett Merchants and the Seals. The offense came alive in the championship round, as Alaska won 10-2 over San Francisco.
"I think we're really excited. I know our club really thinks that we're a talented group. We had a little hiccup there are the end of pool play. We played really, really good baseball in the last two days. Those last three games, I know our guys are really excited to be where they are right now." said Head Coach Miles Kizer after his team took the GFI.
Cole Carder led the offense with three runs and two hits, while the rest of the Panners tacked on three runs in the top of the seventh inning. This put the game out of reach, and the pitching crew made sure not to give up the run support.
Matt Becker, Derek Alumbaugh and Harrison Goebel combined to only allow six hits on the night. This is also a bit of redemption for the Goldpanners who fell in the 2017 finals, when they lost 3-2 to the Seattle Cheney Studs.
Alaska now turns its attention to the Kamloops International baseball tournament on July 4-7. Where they will face the likes of the Merchants, the Edmonton Cubs and the Coquitlam Angels in pool play.