After breaking their 10-game win streak Thursday, the Alaska Goldpanners got back to their winning ways, taking a 14-1 victory over the San Francisco Seals on Friday at Growden Memorial Park.
The win was highlighted by a stellar, but not unusual, pitching performance by Joe Riley. Riley pitched seven innings, allowing three hits and one run while throwing 10 strikeouts. Isaac Olson replaced Riley in the eighth inning and closed out the game, allowing four hits and no runs, while throwing no strikeouts. Prior to Friday’s outing, Riley led the Panners’ pitching staff with 50 strikeouts and held a team best 1.05 ERA, followed by Olson’s 1.07. Brandon Leitgeb led the team on the other side of the ball with three RBIs.
The Goldpanners took an early 2-0 lead in the first inning, and a seven-run second inning all but secured the win for Alaska, which added two and three more runs in the fifth and sixth innings, respectively. The two runs in the fifth came from back-to-back home runs on the first two pitches from Derek Alumbaugh and assistant coach Branson Trube, who was filling in at first base.
The Seals’ lone run came in the second inning on a one-run groundout.
Leadoff hitter Preston Viltz, a new addition to the Panners roster this series that Goldpanners head coach Miles Kizer hopes will help the team at the plate in the postseason, accounted for two runs and two RBIs.
The six-game series with San Francisco is the last home series for the Panners. The team’s final tuneup before it travels to Wichita, Kansas, for the National Baseball Congress World Series. The end of the season tournament lasts from July 27 to Aug. 10 and draws 30 of the top collegiate summer league teams from across the country. The Seals also will attend.
The series with San Francisco continues at 7 p.m. today at Growden.
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