Alaska Goldpanners conclude 2022 season
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The Alaska Goldpanners spent the remainder of their season in Salt Lake City, Utah at the Marshall Gates World Series. The Goldpanners went 4-2 at the Marshall Gates World Series tournament, but failed to make the championship game following a 10-0 loss at the hands of the San Diego Waves.
The Goldpanners finished with a 34-16-1 record in their 2022 campaign. The season finished with a Midnight Sun Game victory (10-9 F/10 vs. San Diego Waves), a ten-game winning streak, and five series wins of their six series played this season. Overall, the season was successful.
“It was a good summer,” said Goldpanners Manager, Mark Lindsay. “These guys are probably one of the best group of guys that I’ve ever coached.”
“It’s been an awesome experience,” mentioned Goldpanner outfielder, Brock Rudy. “A lot of cool people, a lot of really cool experiences... with a great community. I’ve loved every minute of it.”
Rudy, was also the hero of the aforementioned Midnight Sun Game. In the bottom of the tenth, Rudy walked-off the game with an RBI single that scored Cayden Clark.
“It’s awesome. I’ll definitely remember it forever,” recalled Rudy. “Definitely this place has a special place in my heart for sure. Yeah, it was really cool.
Matt Pinal was the pitcher late in the game, who blew the save in the bottom of the ninth in the Midnight Sun Game, and pitched the tenth inning too which marked him as the 117th Midnight Sun Game winning pitcher.
Pinal recalled the mid-June game too, “I mean, that was probably the most fun game I’ve ever played in, in my whole life.”
The feeling was mutual for Mark Lindsay who managed his first Midnight Sun Game in 2022.
“It’s something I’ll never forget,” stated Lindsay. “if I’m being completely honest and just the way that we won it too -- up big, then we go down late, and then fight back and win it in front of all those fans... it’s definitely one of the top baseball moments for me in my career coaching or playing.”
Any summer baseball league is intended for collegiate baseball players to have access to competition intended to improve their abilities and maintain shape for the following college season rather than taking four months (or more off). The Goldpanners experience is like no other, and the guys learned lessons from the few short months here that they will take with them back to their respective colleges in the fall.
“On the field, I would say: just playing loose like I’m able to do here,” stated Rudy. “We have a lot of great guys, so it makes it really easy.”
Not only do these young men get an on-field experience over the summer, they also get to experience Alaska as a state too.
“I finally got to see a moose,” exclaimed Pinal. “I saw one moose out here, that was definitely cool. I got see reindeer, Santa, and took pictures. It was super fun.”
As much as the summer sun is up in Fairbanks, the seasons change, and the sun disappears. Much too will the Goldpanners. The 2022 team has already broken away to their respective hometowns or college cities, and Panners fans will have to wait until June of 2023 for the Goldpanners to be back in action at Growden Park.
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