FAIRBANKS — The first-place Alaska Goldpanners generated 11 hits while holding the Chugiak Chinooks to three hits in a 7-1 win in Wednesday night’s Alaska Baseball League game at Growden Memorial Park.
The Goldpanners, with their second straight win in the three-game series, were sparked by 11 strikeouts from starting pitcher Michael Dingilian and getting hits from eight of nine players. Three players provided two hits apiece — David Fletcher, Nick Catalano and Alex Rubanowitz.
Both of Catalano’s hits were doubles, making it five for the season for the center fielder.
He doubled home Payden Cawley-Lamb during a two-run first inning. Catalano led off the bottom of the fifth with a double and scored on Rubanowitz’s single and ninth RBI of the season.
Catalano finished with two RBI and two runs scored. Fletcher, a shortstop, also contributed a run.
The Goldpanners got a hit and a run scored each from third baseman David Edwards, first baseman Nolan Meadows, right fielder Rick Reigner. Designated hitter Carlos Munoz and catcher Jim Sinatro contributed a hit apiece.
The Goldpanners rushed to a 6-0 lead with four runs in the bottom of the third inning, with three by Chinooks errors.
Goldpanners starter Michael Dingilian worked six innings to earn the win and raise his record to
1-1. While registering double-digit strikeouts, he allowed two hits, including Chance Gusbeth’s two-out solo home run in the top of the second inning.
Matt Milke took over for Dingilian for two innings, striking out four while allowing a hit and a walk. Andrew Buehler closed the win perfectly and struck out one in the top of the ninth.
The Goldpanners got all their hits and runs off Chinooks starter James Scott, who took the loss while working five innings. Scott gave up five earned runs, walked one and struck out three.
Lance Phillips pitched no-hit relief for two innings, striking out one and allowing three walks. Bryce Clifton was perfect for the Chinooks in the bottom of the eighth.
The Goldpanners (12-6) and the last-place Chinooks (5-19) wrap up their series with tonight’s game at 7.