Panners take Game 1 in the Grand Forks Invitational

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The Alaska Goldpanners started their Grand Forks Invitational run with a close victory over the Houston-Westchase Express.
The Panners won 3-2 thanks to their quick offense and strong pitching.​
Alaska scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning and they never looked back.​
Cole Carder led their offense with 3 hits and 1 run, while the pitching staff combined for 6 strikeouts.​
Jacob Fricke got the "W", while Cameron Walker got the save for the Panners.​
Head Coach Miles Kizer spoke about the program securing their first win in the group stage.​
"It was, I mean there were some miscues late then they got a big base hit, but outside of that we pitched really well. Fricke threw really well, Gavin came in and got a nice double play. It was kind of a hard line drive, double guy up on that killed the momentum in the eighth and he came in the seventh and had a clean eighth and slam the door in the ninth. Pitched really well and got up on offense. We played really well defensively outside of basically two plays that extended them in the seventh. It was a good effort," said Kizer.
The Panners take on the Northwest Honkers tomorrow for their second game in the Grand Forks Invitational.