FAIRBANKS — Fans at Growden Memorial Park on Saturday night witnessed an inning they’ll likely never forget.
In the bottom of the second inning of the Alaska Baseball League game, the Alaska Goldpanners scored 19 runs on 14 hits while sending 23 men to the plate against the Anchorage Glacier Pilots. The Panners went on to beat the Pilots 26-7 in the first game of a three-game series.
The Panners (21-6, 11-5 ABL) and Pilots play a doubleheader today at Growden Memorial Park. The first game is set to begin at 1 p.m.
Panners outfielder Kris Paulino twice came up with the bases loaded in the second inning. Twice the University of California Irvine junior sent the ball over the outfield fence for a grand slam.
Paulino is the first Panner ever to hit two grand slams in the inning.
Paulino finished 4 for 5 at the plate with nine RBI and four runs scored. He was also a triple away from the cycle.
The two home runs were part of the Panners five home run barrage that inning. Shortstop Cody Nulph and Paulino hit back-to-back homers the first time through the lineup, first baseman Tanner Pinkston hit a two-run shot and second baseman Hunter Villanueva hit a solo shot.
Nulph went 3 for 6 with three runs scored and the RBI. Pinkston was 4 for 6 with four runs scored and four RBIs while Villanueva went 3 for 4 with two runs scored and two RBI.
Eric Hutting had three RBI in the second inning, Jacob Hayes drove in two and Ryan Clark also had a RBI during the second inning explosion.
Hutting also scored three runs as part of a 3 for 5 night. Clark was 3 for 6 with two runs and two RBI. Hayes went 2 for 6 with two runs and two RBIs.
Every Panner reached base twice during the second inning and scored at least one run.
The Pilots (17-13, 14-11 ABL) used four pitcher in the second inning. Starter Drew Morovick and Grant Gunning each couldn’t record an out. Kyle Nelson was able to get one out before Fred Schlichtholz was able to get the final two outs.
Morovick gave up seven runs, all in the second inning, on six hits in one inning. Grant Gunning gave up three runs on three hits without recording an out. Kyle Nelson surrendered two runs on four hits, recording one out and Fred Schlichtholz gave up five runs on four hits while getting the last two outs of the inning.
The Panners trailed 3-0 entering the second but scored 10 runs before an out was recorded to take the lead.
Pilots built the 3-0 lead with three straight hits in the top of the first. Ryan Dobson lead off the game with a double before coming around to score on Chester Pak’s single up the middle. Kevin Viers followed a two-run home run, one of three home runs hit by the Pilots, to center field.
Tyler Mildenberg, who came in to play second base for Hunter Villanueva in the seventh, was the lone Panner not to reach base. Every other Panner reached base and scored at least one run.
Joel Belk started for the Panners. The sophomore from Azusa Pacific University threw six innings, giving up six runs on 10 hits while striking out four. All five of the six runs he surrendered came on home runs.
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