FAIRBANKS — The first-place Alaska Goldpanners were engaged in a 15-inning battle with the Anchorage Glacier Pilots late Tuesday night in an Alaska Baseball League game at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.
The Pilots Kevin Garcia hit a bases-loaded single for the Pilots in the bottom of the 15th for a 4-3 win.
The Goldpanners went ahead 3-2 in the top of the 11th inning.
Rick Reigner led off with his second hit of the night, a single off of Pilots reliever Brendan McCurry. David Fletcher grounded out to move Reigner to second base and two outs later, Reigner came home on Payden Cawley-Lamb’s second single of the contest.
Goldpanners closer Kevin Sprague replaced relief pitcher Cody Moffett in the bottom of the 11th and got lead-off batter Chris Hoo to fly out before giving up a double to pinch hitter Micah Green.
Green stole second and third base, and with two outs, tied the game on Erik VanMeetren’s single. VanMeetren was thrown out by Panners center fielder Nick Catalano while trying to reach second base.
Sprague ended the inning by striking out Kevin Garcia.
McCurry retired the Goldpanners in order in the top of the 12th, sandwiching Alex Rubanowitz’s strikeout between flyouts of Nolan Meadows and Jim Sinatro.
Andrew Buehler survived a Pilots threat in the bottom of the 12th after replacing Sprague. Jeff Moberg led off with a double and advanced to third on Jensen Park’s grounder, but Moberg was stranded after Dayne Parker grounded out and Jacob Rice struck out.
TJ Kendzora took the mound for the Pilots in the top of the 13th and made it six Panners in a row retired. Kendzora got Reigner to ground out and David Fletcher and Catalano to each fly out.
Buehler’s arm was just as sharp for the Panners in bottom of the 13th, where he got the side — Brody Russell, Hoo and Green — to ground out.
Kendzora stayed perfect in the top of the 14th, striking out David Edwards, Cawley-Lamb and Chance Abrath.
Buehler retired VanMeetren and Kevin Garcia in the bottom of the 14th before giving up a single to Moberg and a double to Park, which advanced Moberg to third base. However, Buehler voided the threat and sent the game to 15 innings by retiring Dayne Parker.
Meadows drilled a two-out single to seize a 2-0 lead for the Goldpanners in the top of the first inning.
Catalano and David Edwards each scored on Meadows’ eighth hit this season. Catalano had led off the game with a single and Edwards reached base on an error by Pilots second baseman Moberg.
The Pilots made it 2-1 in the bottom of the first with Russell’s single that scored Jensen Park, who had led off with a hit.
Hoo tied the score for Anchorage in the fourth on a Matt Milke’s bases-loaded walk toGarcia.
Milke came in relief of starter Michael Dingilian, who had got lead-off batter Russell to ground out but walked Hoo, Kewby Meyer and VanMeetren to load the bases.
The Goldpanners had bases loaded and two outs in the top of the 10th, but their threat ended when Cawley-Lamb tried to steal home from third base but was thrown out by McCurry.
Cawley-Lamb had led off with a walk, took second on Abrath’s single and advanced to third on Meadows’ grounder. A two-out walk to Sinatro loaded the bases