The Alaska Goldpanners take the field today for the championship week pool play of the National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita, Kansas.
They face the Colorado Cyclones at 6:30 p.m. AKDT in Eck Stadium at Wichita State University.
The Goldpanners are in Pool C with Colorado, the Kansas Cannons and the San Antonio Angels, of Texas.
The Cannons and Angels play each other at 11:30 a.m. AKDT today.
The Goldpanners, coached by Miles Kizer, a Western Oregon University assistant coach, bring a 31-12 record into the NBC World Series after their third regular season as an independent summer college baseball team. They were members of the Alaska Baseball League for more than 50 years.
The team has played 11 times in the NBC World Series championship game, winning six —1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1980 and 2002. The Goldpanners were tournament runners-up in 1962, 1971, 1975, 1977 and 1983.
This year’s 85th edition of the tournament started Saturday, with 12 teams participating in a first-week pool play round.
The championship week pool play features four teams each in four pools, including the top two teams from the first week of pool play.
The Derby Twins, of Kansas, emerged from the first-week action and will be joined in the championship week of pool play by the winner of Wednesday’s late game between a pair of Kansas teams, the Hutchison BeeJays and Great Bend Bat Cats.
The Goldpanners and the other teams in Pool C play again Saturday at times to be announced.
The matchups pit today’s winners against each other, as well as today’s losers in Saturday’s other game.
The top three teams in each pool of championship week advance to the single-elimination bracket, which begins play Wednesday.
The first-place team from each pool has a bye that day and start bracket play Aug. 8.
The championship game is set for Aug. 10.
Contact News-Miner sports editor Danny Martin at 459-7586. Follow him on Twitter:@newsminersports.