FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The Alaska Goldpanners got off to the start they were looking for at the 85th National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita, Kansas.
The Panners played their second game of the year after midnight, but of course, this one was played under artificial lighting, unlike the historic Midnight Sun Game.
After 12:40 a.m. Kansas time, the Goldpanners walked off the field with a 10-5 victory over the Colorado Cyclones.
Some of the newly added Panners came up huge for Alaska, as Collin Runge went 3 for 4 with 3 RBI's and Trevor Greenley added a bases clearing triple in sixth inning, to give the Panners enough cushion to take the victory in game one.
Runge had joined the Panners in the Canada, where he helped Alaska place first and second in tournaments.
Ben McKay finished with a pair of hits and batted in a run, while Patrick Chung roped in RBI single in his return to the Panners.
Chung played a full summer in Alaska in 2018, where he batted .355 and led the Panners in hits (49).
It was the old reliables coming through on the mound for the Panners, with Cameron Walker picking up the win after seven strong innings and Jacob Fricke closing the door on the game for the save.
"You know I think the biggest thing was our pitchers threw strikes and our hitters didn't swing at balls," Goldpanners field manager Miles Kizer said. "I think that was one of the biggest things, we were able to take some walks, we had a couple of big hits when we needed them, and then Cam was able to shut down a big situation for them."
The Panners will continue pool play with a match up against the Kansas Cannons on Saturday at 4 p.m. AKTDT
The game can followed live on PannerVision at www.youtube.com/Goldpanners.