Every Alaska Goldpanner starter collected at least one base hit as the Panners rallied from a 6-3 deficit to beat the Lake Erie Monarchs, 13-6 in the highest scoring Midnight Sun Baseball Game since 1998.
The game, contested annually on June 21st, starts at 10:30pm and is played entirely without the benefit of artificial lights.
This particular Midnight Sun Game was played with cloud cover throughout the evening. It rained during the afternoon Saturday in Fairbanks, and showered once again right before game time.
The Panners banged out 14 total hits, led by two RBI performances from Cody Nulph, Vahn Bozoian, and Brandon Caruso. Nulph highlighted a six-run fifth inning by hitting the go-ahead two-run single without two out in the inning. In fact, all of the Panners' runs in the rally came with two away.
Special guests of the Panners included the founder of Baseball America, Allan Simpson, who was on hand to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Simpson once worked under Goldpanners General Manager Don Dennis while in college in the early 1970's.