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FAIRBANKS — The Alaska Goldpanners turned the tables in Palmer on Thursday night, routing the Mat-Su Miners 14-4 for a split of their two-game Alaska Baseball League series.
One night after falling 9-2, the Goldpanners lit up the scoreboard at Hermon Brothers Field to improve to 8-5 in ABL play and share second place with Mat-Su (11-8). Each team is one game behind the Anchorage Bucs.
The Goldpanners led 13-0 through the top of the fourth inning Thursday, highlighted by a seven-run outburst in the third that was capped by David Fletcher’s two-run home run.
Alaska outhit Mat-Su 15-10, and nine of 10 Goldpanners had at least a hit. Six of those players produced multiple hits.
Besides his first homer of the season, Edwards got his third double of the season, leading the second baseman to a 3-for-6 effort with a game-high three runs scored.
Casey Munoz hit 2 for 6 with an RBI and two runs scored. Nolan Meadows went 2 for 5 with a double, an RBI and a run scored. Payden Cawley-Lamb was 2 for 4 with two runs scored and an RBI, and Rick Reigner also went 2 for 4 while driving in a run and scoring once.
Chance Abrath scored twice Thursday and drove in two runs with a double during the Goldpanners’ 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning.
David Fletcher plated two runs during his 1-for-4 night and Nick Catalano scored twice and contributed a hit. Jim Sinatro had his first double as a Goldpanner and scored once.
Mikey Ramirez, the first of five Goldpanners pitchers, earned the win while scattering five hits during the first five innings. He allowed one run and a walk and had a game-high five strikeouts.
Reliever Matt Milke pitched two scoreless innings, allowing a hit and striking out two. Joey Capistran gave up two runs, two hits and a walk while striking out one in one inning.
Nathan Michalski allowed a run, a hit, and two walks and struck out one in 1/3 inning. Closer Andrew Buehler gave up a walk in 2/3 innings.
David Koll took the loss after the Goldpanners registered five hits, four runs and a walk in 2/3 innings against the Miners starter.
John Williams went 3 for 5 for Mat-Su with a run scored. Micheal Thomas hit 2 for 4 with two RBI.
The Goldpanners face the Glacier Pilots in two games in Anchorage, a 7 p.m. contest today and a 4 p.m. game Saturday.
They visit the Chugiak Chinooks at 5 p.m. Sunday before returning to Fairbanks.