The Alaska Goldpanners edged out the Coquitlam Angels 6-5 with a walkoff two-run double by Grant DeLappe in the first game of Kamloops International Baseball Tournament in British Columbia on Thursday.
By the top of the sixth, the Panners had fallen behind 5-0 after the Angels logged three runs in the top of the second inning and two runs in the top of the sixth. But a strong performance in the bottom of the sixth put Alaska back in striking distance.
Two batters hit by a pitch and a DeLappe single loaded the bases and staged the comeback for the Panners. A two-run single by Aaron Kim put the first runs on the board for the Panners. Cole Carder drew a walk to reload the bases and Collin Runge scored one at bat later after an error by the third baseman. A Braxton Inniss one-run single made it a one-run game.
Zach Johnson replaced Goldpanners starter Jacob Fricke in the top of the seventh and held the Angels to one hit and no runs over the next three innings.
In the bottom of the ninth, the Panners loaded the bases after a walk and two batters were hit by a pitch. DeLappe’s two-run double sealed the victory for Alaska. DeLappe lead the Panners at the plate on Thursday, going 2 for 4 with two RBIs.
The Goldpanners play the Edmonton Cubs today at 7:30 a.m. AKDT. They will return home to Growden Memorial Field on July 10. On July 17 starting at 6 p.m., the Goldpanners are hosting a Hockey Night, featuring Stanley Cup winners Colton Parayko and Pheonix Copley. Parayko is a UAF alumnus and Copley hails from North Pole.
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