FAIRBANKS — The last-place Chugiak Chinooks defeated the first-place Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks in Alaska Baseball League Action Sunday evening in Chugiak.
After the Goldpanners rallied for two runs in the top of the eighth inning to tie the score at 4-4, the Chinooks pushed across a run in the bottom of the eighth to claim a 5-4 victory.
The loss leaves the Goldpanners (10-6) percentage points ahead of the Anchorage Bucs (13-8) in the ABL standings. The Bucs recorded a 3-0 win against the Peninsula Oilers of Kenai on Sunday afternoon in Anchorage.
In Sunday’s other ABL contest, the Anchorage Glacier Pilots notched a 7-3 win against the Mat-Su Miners.
The Goldpanners have today off, then open a seven game homestand at the friendly confines of Growden Memorial Park.
The Panners play the Chinooks in 7 p.m. contests on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, then host the Anchorage Glacier Pilots in a 7 p.m. contest on Friday, a
5 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday and a 2 p.m. contest on Sunday.
The Goldpanners never led in Sunday afternoon’s contest, but tied the score twice.
Chugiak opened the scoring with two runs in the bottom of the first.
The Goldpanners responded with two in the second, but the Chinooks responded with two runs in the bottom of the inning to regain the lead.
The score remained 4-2 until the Goldpanners rallied to tie it up in the top of the eighth inning, setting the stage for the Chinooks winning rally.
Losing pitcher Kevin Sprague’s throwing error allowed the winning run to score. He was the Goldpanners fourth pitcher of the game.
Devin Stanton, who pitched the last three innings, earned the win for Chinooks.
David Fletcher singled and stole second to open the ninth inning for the Goldpanners, but Stanton retired the next three batters on a strikeout, ground out and fly out to end the game.
Rick Reigner and Alex Rubanowitz collected two hits apiece for the Goldpanners. Rubanowitz drove in two runs.
The Goldpanners finished their three game road trip with a 3-3 record.