Goldpanners over Chugiak Chinooks 7-4.
FAIRBANKS — Scott Tomassetti and Alex Rubanowitz triggered an early four-run burst and four Alaska Goldpanners pitchers combined for a six-hitter and 10 strikeouts, pushing the Alaska Baseball League leaders to a 7-4 win over the Chugiak Chinooks in Tuesday night’s opener of a three-game series at Growden Memorial Park.
Unbeaten starter Mikey Ramirez earned the win and closer Kevin Sprague sealed the victory for the Goldpanners, who raised their record to 11-6.
Tomassetti broke a scoreless deadlock in the bottom of the second with a one-out, two-run double and the Goldpanners catcher scored on first baseman Rubanowitz’s first home run of the season.
Nolan Meadows and Chance Abrath had come in Tomassetti’s second double of 2013 after Meadows led off the inning with a single and Abrath was walked by Chinooks starter Caleb Dirks.
The Goldpanners sealed the win with a three-run surge in the fifth.
David Fletcher walked and scored on a wild pitch. Nick Catalano, who had reached on a fielder’s choice, came home on a sacrifice fly by David Edwards. Rick Reigner, after getting walked, scored when Meadows reached base on an error by Chugiak second baseman Ryan Shackelford.
Meadows and Fletcher each led the Goldpanners with two hits and scored a run api
Ramirez, a right hander from the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff, improved to 3-0 after working six innings. He allowed two hits and three runs and struck out five.
Matt Milke struck out four while pitching perfect relief for two innings. Joey Capistran gave up two runs, two hits and a walk to begin the top of the ninth and Sprague took over, allowing a hit and striking out one.
Griffin Gum had two doubles among his game-high three hits and scored twice for the Chinooks, who slipped to 5-18 for last place in the six-team league.
Stephen Ventimillia led off the top of the third with a triple and scored on Nicholas Covello’s sacrifice fly.
Gum doubled in the fourth and came home after Zach Harbison reached on an error by Panners second baseman Edwards.
Gum added his second double in the top of the ninth and scored on Harbison’s single. Tyler Krahn provided Chugiak’s last run by reaching on a single and scoring on Ventimillia’s fielder’s choice.
Dirks took the loss in a five-inning stint, which he allowed seven runs, four hits and three walks and had a strikeout. Kenneth Knudsen allowed two hits and struck out two during three innings.