The latest discussions on the 2012 Goldpanners seem to be mixed with confusion and awe. After starting the season 0-3, a spectacular performance in the fourth game has people scratching their heads at the transformation. Even before the club had clinched their first win of the season, Kenai's game announcer said, "The Goldpanners are going to be GOOD! I am glad they are leaving town now!"
Coverage of the June 15th game against the Oilers is led by a great baseball piece by :
Maybe it was a players-only meeting Thursday night. Maybe it was getting more aggressive at the plate. Or maybe it was just the ebbs and flows of baseball.
Something woke up the bats of the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks on Friday night at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.
The Panners cracked 16 hits, including two doubles, two triples and a home run, in defeating the Peninsula Oilers 10-1 in Alaska Baseball League play.
The Panners opened their season with three straight losses to the Oilers. In those losses, Fairbanks had a total of one run and 10 hits. By the third inning Friday, the Panners already had five runs and seven hits.
"I was a little surprised," Oilers head coach John Stevens said after his team fell to 3-1 in the ABL. "They didn't hit like that in the first three games at all."
The Panners were swinging freely from the get-go. The first seven batters to the plate did not see more than three pitches.
"The assistant coaches get credit for that," Fairbanks head coach Jim Dietz said. "They decided to be more aggressive and it really paid dividends."