Game 1: Goldpanners 8, Pilots 1. Game 2: Goldpanners 7, Pilots 2
FAIRBANKS — The Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks are on a roll.
The Goldpanners swept a doubleheader from the Anchorage Glacier Pilots on a warm and sunny Saturday night at Growden Memorial Park to improve their winning streak to six straight games and increase their lead in the Alaska Baseball League standings to three full games ahead of the Anchorage Bucs and Mat-Su Miners.
The 8-1 and 7-2 victories boosted the Goldpanners record to a league-leading 16-6 heading into today’s 2 p.m. series finale at Growden.
The Bucs, who posted a 5-1 win at the Peninsula Oilers of Kenai, are
14-10, while the Miners, who thumped the Chugiak Chinooks 13-2, are 15-11.
The Oilers (12-12) are five games behind the Goldpanners, while the Glacier Pilots (12-15) are 6 1/2 games behind. The Chinooks (5-20) are 12 1/2 games behind.
The Goldpanners, who are 9-1 in their last 10 games, can wrap up a perfect homestand with a win against the Pilots this afternoon. Fairbanks opened the homestand with a three-game sweep of the Chinooks.
The Goldpanners took the lead for good in the bottom of the first inning in both games Saturday night.
In the opener, Fairbanks grabbed a 2-0 advantage. The Goldpanners doubled that in the nightcap, grabbing a 4-0 lead.
Four of the Goldpanners nine hits in the 8-1 opening win went for extra bases.
Second baseman David Edwards, led the way going 2 for 4 with a double-, his third home run of the season, two runs scored and three runs batted in.
Shortstop David Fletcher went 1 for 4 with a double and two RBI, while catcher Kyle Herrington was 1 for 2 with a double and two runs scored.
Designated hitter Casey Munoz and first baseman Alex Rubanowitz also had two hits apiece for the winners. Munoz scored twice and Rubanowitz scored once.
Winning pitcher Cody Moffett tossed 4 2/3 innings of scoreless relief to earn the victory. He gave up two hits, walked one and struck out three to improve his record to 2-0 with a 0.35 earned run average.
Center fielder Nick Catalano was the hitting star in the nightcap as he went 2 for 3 with two home runs and four runs batted in. His three-run shot in the bottom of the first set the tone for the Goldpanners sixth consecutive victory.
First baseman Nolan Meadows was 1 for 2 with a home run, two runs scored and two runs batted in. Left Fielder Payden Cawley-Lamb came through with a double and a triple in four at bats with a run scored.
Starter Mikey Ramirez earned the win for Fairbanks, working five innings, giving up four hits and two earned runs. He walked one and struck out one.
Andrew Buehler finished up for the Goldpanners pitching two innings of scoreless relief and allowing just one hit.