The Alaska Goldpanners generated a dozen hits and defeated the Fairbanks Adult League All-Stars 14-0 Tuesday night at Growden Memorial Park.

The seven-inning shutout was the home opener and the first contest of a 12-game homestand for the Goldpanners, who are celebrating their 60th year of summer college baseball.

Griffin McCormick, Derek Alumbaugh and Blake Porter combined for eight of the Goldpanners’ 12 hits.

McCormick, a junior first baseman from Sacramento State University in California, contributed three hits and drove in three runs.

Alumbaugh also cranked out three hits, including a double. The sophomore catcher from Skagit Valley Community College in Mount Vernon, Washington had a game-best four RBIs in his first game in Growden Memorial Park.

Blake Porter, one of two returning Goldpanners players from last year, provided the hosts on Tuesday with two hits and an RBI. The junior right fielder from the University of Portland in Oregon, also got on base three times after being hit by pitch.

The Goldpanners, as a team, were hit by pitches seven times.

Ben McKay, a second baseman from Wenatchee Valley Community College in Wenatchee, Washington, produced a double and three runs scored. Goldpanners teammate Bryant Nagakawa, a designated hitter and left fielder from Saint Martin’s University in Lacey, Washington, scored twice in his Growden debut.

The All-Stars generated six hits, led by two each from right fielder Chet Hooker and first baseman Mike Coffey. 

Hooker had a double among his hits and Coffey also stole a base.

The Goldpanners were coming off a season-opening split last weekend against the Northwest Honkers in Edmonds, Washington. The Honkers, of the Pacific International League, won 4-3 Friday and the Goldpanners rolled to a 7-1 win Saturday in the series finale at Edmonds Community College’s Triton Field.

The Goldpanners take on the San Diego Waves for seven games, starting at 7 p.m. today at Growden. The Seattle Studs visit from June 20-23.

The highlight of the series against the Studs is the annual Midnight Sun Game at 10 p.m. June 21. The summer-solstice tradition is played entirely without artificial lights.

 

American Legion

The Fairbanks 49ers and Alaska Wild combined for nine hits and nine errors Tuesday night, but the 49ers had the advantage on the scoreboard in the American Legion Baseball AA game at Marlin Field.

The 49ers won 6-3, as pitcher Shaun Conwell struck out 11 and scattered four hits in 5 2/3 innings. He walked two and allowed all three runs (two earned) by the Wild in their third game in the first five games of the season.

Josh Bronson earned the save with no-hit relief for 1 1/3 innings. He walked one and struck out two.

Gus Jensen hit 2 for 3 with two RBIs for the 49ers. Conwell and Travis Moore each had a hit and an RBI, and Jake Tezzi contributed a hit.

Alex Garcia went the distance on the mound for the Wild. He struck out six while allowing six runs (one earned),  five hits and three walks.

Dustin Peterson hit 2 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI, while Garcia went 1 for with a double, RBI and a run scored. 

Brock Weatherspoon finished 1 for 2 at the plate for the Wild, who play host to the 49ers at 6:30 p.m. today at next-door Arco Field.

The Wild were coming off home losses to South Anchorage, falling 11-1 Friday and 7-4 Sunday.

Contact News-Miner sports editor Danny Martin at 459-7586. Follow him on Twitter:@newsminersports.