Consistent offense and two home runs allowed the Alaska Goldpanners to blow past Bercovich during Saturday’s game at Growden Memorial Park.
The Goldpanners swung off to an early lead over Bercovich with 11 runs the first inning. Bercovich was hitless for their half of the first, thanks to a hot arm from Panners starting pitcher Tanner Inouye.
In the top of the second, Bercovich managed to put Max Nyrop on first. Bradlee Preap hit a single, bringing Nyrop up to second. Inouye’s pitching ensured that Nyrop and Preap were left stranded on base, with no further hits from Bercovich.
The Panners punched holes through Bercovich’s defense in the bottom of the second. Ben McKay hit a double, then stole third off of an error. A single from Tony Riley brought McKay home for the Panners’ second run of the game.
Braxton Inniss and Griffin McCormick scored later off of a single from Lydon, who also scored off of an error, bringing the Panners to a 14-0 lead. Harrison Goebel hit a single then scored off of a hit Bryant Nakagawa drove down the right line.
Inouye gave Bercovich one hit in the top of the third, but held the Panners’ lead.
The Panners kept Bercovich on the ropes during their half of the third, with a homer smashed by Riley.
Bercovich struggled to respond, going hitless in the top of the fourth. A clean double play by the Panners defense held Bercovich off in the top of the fifth, as well.
Alaska scored another four runs in the bottom of the fifth. Nakagawa hit a single, then advanced to third off of a grounder from McKay. Riley brought Nakagawa home with a single. With the bases loaded, McCormick brought Riley, Lydon and Preston Viltz home, bringing the Panners up to 21-0.
A grounder down the left line from Joseph Scalzo allowed Jake Coleman to score Bercovich’s first run of the night in the top of the sixth. Dawson Mann later brought Scalzo home for a second run.
Jacob Fricke relieved Inouye at the start of the top of the seventh. Fricke gave up two hits, but held the Panners’ 21-2 lead.
Bercovich forced the Panners to ease off in the bottom of the sixth and seventh, with only two hits per inning and no runs.
Fricke’s throw picked up heat in the top of the eighth, retiring the side in order.
The Panners turned on the heat again in the bottom of eighth. McCormick was walked, and a home run from Aaron Kim gave the Panners another two runs.
At the top of the ninth, another pitching change from the Panners saw Aaron Kim take the mound. Jake Coleman and Tyler Jarman were both walked. A single from Nick Wilson loaded the bases, and Cade Balman managed to bring Coleman home for Bercovich’s third run.
Kim quickly adjusted his pitch, and shut out Bercovich for Alaska’s 23-3 win.
The Goldpanners will play Bercovich again at 3 p.m. today at Growden Memorial Park.
Contact News-Miner sports assistant Brian Ely at 459-7589.