FAIRBANKS — The Alaska Goldpanners pounded out 13 hits en route to an 8-3 Alaska Baseball League victory against the Anchorage Glacier Pilots Friday night Growden Memorial Park.
The Goldpanners built their lead to 8-0 in the eighth inning before the Pilots scored three runs in the ninth.
The enabled the Goldpanners to improve their Alaska League record to 4-4, while the Pilots dropped to 5-5. Both teams a 1 1/2 games behind the league-leading Chugiak/Eagle River Chinooks.
The Pilots and Panners continue their four-game series with a 5 p.m. doubleheader today. Both games are seven innings. The series wraps up with a 2 p.m. single game Sunday.
Garrett Wilson pitched seven shutout innings allowing five hits, while striking out three and walking none to lead the Panners past the Pilots in the opening game of the series Friday night.
Cody Priest pitched the final two innings and gave up three meaningless runs in the ninth inning.
Four Goldpanners had multiple hit games led by designated hitter Blake Miller, who went 3 for 5 with two runs batted in. He homered in the seventh inning and singled in the fifth and eighth inning.
Center fielder Matt Nadolski continued his torrid hitting pace, going 2 for 5 with three runs batted in. Shortstop Chad Carroll and catcher Kurt Schlangen each collected two hits to aid the winning cause.
Matt Daugherty had a busy day at the plate for the Pilots, collecting a pair of extra bas hits, including a solo home run to cap the scoring. Jordan Luplow hammered a two-run homer earlier in the ninth to get the Pilots on the scoreboard.
Since opening the season with a 1-3 road trip at the Peninsula Oilers in Kenai, the Goldpanners have gone 9-2 at Growden Park.