FAIRBANKS — The Alaska Goldpanners game against the Chugiak Chinooks was rained out Monday night at Growden Memorial Park. It was supposed to be the first game of a two-game series.
Instead of playing one game today, the Panners and Chinooks will play a doubleheader. The first game is scheduled to start
3 p.m. with the second game scheduled for 6.
The Panners, who have won nine straight games, lead the American Division by half a game over the Anchorage Bucs entering Monday’s games.
During the first eight games of the Panners’ 10 game homestand, the last homestand of the season, the Panners have scored 90 runs, averaging 11.25 per game. That includes a 26 run outburst against the Anchorage Glacier Pilots on Saturday. The Panners scored 19 times in the
second inning of that game.
Outfielder Kris Paulino, who had two home runs entering Saturday’s game, hit two grand slams during the 19-run second. His four home runs on the season rank third on the Panners. Shortstop Cody Nulph and designated hitter Vahn Bozoian are tied for the team lead with seven home runs.
Bozoian homered twice in the second game of a doubleheader against the Glacier Pilots on Sunday.
Outfielder Jacob Hayes leads the ABL with 31 runs scored this season. He had a streak of 23 games with at least one run scored. Hayes ranks fifth in the ABL and third on the team with a .370 batting average.
Outfielder Scott Hurst leads the Panners with a .527 average but doesn’t have enough plate appearances to qualify for the batting title yet.
Joel Belk leads the ABL with 41 strikeouts through 34 2/3 innings this year. He is tied for the team lead and second in the ABL with four wins. Mike Benson and Jace Puckett each also have four wins.
The Panners host the Mat-Su Miners for two games to close out the home regular season schedule on Wednesday and Thursday. The ABL Showcase and All-Star Game is set for July 18-20 at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.
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The Panners begin the final road trip of the regular season with a doubleheader against the Bucs on July 22 at Mulcahy Stadium.
Contact sports reporter Tim O’Donnell at 459-7583. Follow him on Twitter: @FDNMSportsGuy.