Goldpanners route Chinooks in Series Finale

Box Score CHUGIAK – For the second time in three days, the Chinooks had an opportunity to win a cross-divisional series, but were turned away.  The Fish split an Independence Day doubleheader with the Panners for their most recent attempt at this feat.  Unlike a close third game in Kenai against the Oilers, the Goldpanners would leave no doubt against the Chinooks in the two teams third game on Saturday with a 14-5 win.

Timothy Knesnik took the hill for the Chinooks in the rubber match and saw the power of the team from Fairbanks.  Cody Nulph hit a solo home run to make it 1-0, and Vahn Bozoian would make it 3-0 with a two-run homer of his own just two hitter later.

After a scoreless second and third frame from Knesnik, the ‘Nooks offense came around with two of their own with a pair of runs to make it 3-2, but it is hard not to think about what could have been in that inning.  Billy Arendt was gunned down at third base after trying to go first to third on an error by Nulph at shortstop, and Bret Collins would be the third out of that inning after being tagged out on a play at first base following an RBI single.

The Goldpanners offense put the gas pedal to the floor and would not let up after two runs in the fourth and fifth innings followed by four in the sixth and three in the seventh.  Bozoian ended up with four hits, four RBIs, and just a triple shy of the cycle.  Ryan Clark also had a four hit day for the Goldpanners.  Their nine hitters would combine for a total of 18 base hits, 14 runs, and worked six walks.  The Panners lineup would do their damage off of Knesnik and Chinooks relievers Ryan Harris and Zach Freeman.  Tell Taylor and Steve Karkenny each tossed scoreless frames for the Chinooks to close out the game.

Goldpanners starting pitcher Tylor Magill would stymie the Fish bats for seven strong innings allowing just one earned run and six base hits.  The Chinooks got a run in the eighth after Magill left the ballgame.  It was Steve Pollex who doubled in Jackson Cramer to make it a 14-3 game at the time, and the Fish would grab two more runs in the final frame after James Nevant and Geoff Murphy each picked up their second hits of the contest.

The Chinooks will take a 6-18 record to Anchorage on Sunday and Monday to play the Glacier Pilots at 4 pm (Sunday) and the Bucs at 7 pm on the following day.