FAIRBANKS — The Alaska Goldpanners registered two home runs — including an inside-the-park effort — Wednesday night in the Grand Forks International Baseball Tournament in Grand Forks, British Columbia.
Those blasts by Jake Hazard and JT Arruda, however, weren’t enough against the North Sound Emeralds, who defeated the Goldpanners 7-3 on the second day of the five-day, 12-team summer college baseball tournament.
The Emeralds, of Edmonds, Washington, and the Northwest Collegiate Baseball League, were bolstered by starting pitcher Pat Siler’s 12-strikeout performance in 71/3 innings at James Donaldson Park. Siler allowed four of Alaska’s five hits and all of its runs on a pair of homers during Wednesday’s last matchup of the tournament.
The Goldpanners opened the tournament Tuesday with an 11-0 win in seven innings against another Washington state team, the Highline Bears, of Seattle.
Alaska plays a must-win game at 10 a.m. AKDT today against the Everett Merchants, another team from the Evergreen State.
The 12 teams in the tournament are split into three pools of four teams each. The top eight teams move on to the money — or playoff — round Saturday. The championship game is played Sunday.
The first- through eighth-place teams receive cash prizes. Last year’s champion, the Seattle Studs, garnered $20,000, and the eighth-place team, the San Francisco Seals, went home with $3,000.
The Studs and Seals are back in this year’s tournament.
Siler, who played last year in Everett, had retired seven Goldpanners in a…
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