FAIRBANKS — The Alaska Goldpanners rallied from a 7-1 deficit after two innings to beat the Anchorage Bucs 10-7 and complete a sweep of an Alaska Baseball League doubleheader Wednesday evening at a smoky Growden Memorial Park.
The Goldpanners got a superb pitching performance from Mikey Ramirez to claim a 4-0 triumph in the opening game.
The two wins extended the Goldpanners winning streak to nine straight and boosted the team’s ABL record to 4-2. The Panners are in third place, one game behind the idle Mat-Su Miners (7-3) and a half-game behind the second-place Bucs (6-3).
The Bucs won their first six ABL games before arriving in Fairbanks to face the Goldpanners.
The Bucs and Goldpanners wrap up their four-game series at 7 tonight at Growden.
In the only other ABL action Wednesday night, the Peninsula Oilers split a doubleheader at the Anchorage Glacier Pilots. The Oilers won the first game 3-0, and the Glacier Pilots posted a 2-0 win in the nightcap.
Ramirez was impressive in the first game as he scattered three hits, struck out four and didn’t walk a batter in posting the seven-inning shutout.
The Goldpanners scored the only run they needed in the second, added a single tally in the third and two more in the sixth to secure the verdict.
Designated hitter Casey Munoz, a junior out of Santa Clara University, went 2 for 3 with three runs batted in to pace the Goldpanners five-hit offensive attack.
Chance Abrath, a sophomore catcher from Utah State came through with his first home run of the season.
Trailing 7-1 after two innings, the Goldpanners put on their hitting shoes and rallied to pull out the win.
The Goldpanners also took advantage of three Anchorage errors, two wild pitches and a passed ball.
Fairbanks scored two runs in the third and three in the fourth to cut the deficit to 7-6. A three-run fifth put the Goldpanners ahead for good and they tacked on an insurance run in the sixth to complete the scoring.
Cody Moffett turned a sterling relief performance, going 4 2/3 scoreless innings scattering four hits and striking out seven. Kevin Sprague, a sophomore from UC Riverside, pitched the final inning to earn the save.
The Goldpanners pounded out 11 hits, including two each by Nick Catalano, Payden Crawley-Lamb and David Edwards.
Catalano went 2 for 3 with a home run, double, two runs scored and three runs batted in.
Crawley-Lamb, Alex Rubanowitz and Jimmy Sinatro each scored two runs.
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