Panners open Kamloops tournament with comeback victory

FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The Alaska Goldpanners continue their two-week road trip through Canada, opening the Kamloops International Tournament in British Columbia, Thursday.

The Panners got off to a slow start, finding themselves trailing 5 to 0 without a hit into the sixth inning.

Grant DeLappe generated the first Alaska hit in the sixth, sparking a four run inning for the Goldpanners.

Zach Johnson then stepped on the mound for Alaska, shoving three scoreless innings the remainder of the contest.

In the bottom of the ninth, the Panners used three free bases put themselves in position to win the game.

Down a run with the bases juiced, DeLappe roped a double, bringing in 2 runs for the Panners to secure the 6 to 5 walk-off win in the opening round of the tourney.

Goldpanners Manager Miles Kizer spoke about the team's resiliency throughout the contest.

"It is fun to watch. In the last week or so, just guys coming off the bench, guys coming into the game out of the pen, it has been a next guy up situation," Kizer said. "We haven't quit at any point in time, which has been great to see. I mean we just competing. It was huge to see us continue to compete, continue to play, and continue to want to win."

The Goldpanners will continue pool play Friday, when they face the Edmonton Cubs at 8:30 a.m. local time.