FAIRBANKS — Alaska Goldpanners pitcher Nathan Bannister outdueled the Anchorage Glacier Pilots’ Sean Buckle to boost the Goldpanners back into first place in the Alaska Baseball League standings.
Bannister, a freshman right-hander from the University of Arizona, scattered five hits and gave up one run in seven innings of work and Kevin Sprague, a sophomore left-hander from UC Riverside, retired all six batters he faced to record the save as the Goldpanners posted a 2-1 victory at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.
The Goldpanners scored all of their runs in the second inning off Buckle, who allowed five hits in seven innings of work. Buckle gave up four of those hits in the second.
The Goldpanners improved to 9-5 on the season, with a .643 winning percentage, while the Anchorage Bucs are 12-7 with a .632 winning percentage.
After losing a doubleheader to the Glacier Pilots on Thursday, the Bucs rebounded to beat the Mat-Su Miners 9-1 on Friday night in Palmer.
Also on Friday, the Peninsula Oilers of Kenai downed the Chugiak Chinooks 7-2.
The Goldpanners resume their six-game road trip with a game against the Glacier Pilots at 4 this afternoon at Mulcahy Stadium.
The trip concludes with a 5 p.m. game on Sunday against the Chugiak Chinooks.
Third baseman Chance Abrath, a sophomore from Utah State, led off the Goldpanners second-inning rally with a double, moved to third when Payden Cawley-Lamb, a junior outfielder from Gonzaga, grounded out and scored when Alex Rubanowitz, a sophomore from UC Riverside, grounded out.
Rick Reigner, a junior from Philadelphia University, got things going again with a base hit and came around to score on a double by catcher Scott
David Fletcher followed with a single, but was thrown out rounding first base to end the inning.
The Glacier Pilots scored their only run in the seventh inning, Bannister’s last inning on the mound for the Goldpanners.
Brody Russell led off with a double, moved to third when Chris Hoo flied out to right field and scored when Kewby Meyer grounded out to shortstop.
The inning ended when Bannister got Jacob Rice to pop up to first baseman Rubanowitz and the Pilots never threatened again.