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Alaska Goldpanners


2004 Alaska Goldpanners
99th Midnight Sun Game


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2004 Season: Down to the wire

It couldn’t be over, could it?

The Goldpanners played their final home game of the season Thursday, July 29th, 2004; but unlike most nights, when the ballpark clears out fairly quickly after the last out is recorded, and the ballplayers have finished packing their gear in the dugout and signing baseballs for young fans, that night many of the players lingered at the park, not quite ready to let go of the game and the magic of the home season.

The Panners had just played what was essentially a win-(and go to Wichita)-or-go-home game against the Peninsula Oilers, and the home team had come up on the short end, losing 8-3. The Alaska Baseball League title race has been so tight this season, that the Panners have anticipated for weeks that both their league title hopes and their chance to lock up one of the ABL’s two berths for post-season play at the National Baseball Congress championships in Wichita, would hinge on the week’s four-game series with the Oilers.

The Panners went into the final home game in sole possession of the league lead- after winning the first three games of this series- and with only two games left in their regular season; but after losing the last night the could not even finish second in the ABL race, falling as far as fourth -that’s how tight things are at the top.

The Panners needed to win their final league game of the season against the Miners in Palmer on Saturday to keep their Wichita hopes alive; but, it was not to be for the 2004 season. In fact, the Mat-Su Miners eventually took the league crown, finishing second in the NBC tournament. “It’s just a rat race right down to the finish,” said the Panners first baseman, Joe Persichina, after the game. “We were in first place before this game and we lost, and now we might not even be in the top three.”
But more prevalent than disappointment among the Goldpanners, was this; a feeling that “we played with our all,” said Persichina, right before he headed back onto the field to play catch with a young Goldpanner fan. “And that’s all you can ask for.”

The Panners can be proud of taking three of four from a tough Oilers team, that came into Fairbanks in first place and full of confidence; and the Panners played cooly in winning the two one-run, nail-biting contests of the series. And win or lose, it’s easy to appreciate how much each of the Panners respect the efforts of their teammates and enjoy playing together.

“We’ve got a great team up here,” said second baseman Cameron Blair, who was named the 2004 ABL player of the year, who went 1-for-2 in the game with 2 walks. “You play with a great bunch of guys and with great coaches . I can’t say enough about these guys. We’re good together and we’ve been clicking and it’s been a heck of a summer.” And despite missing the first ten games of the season, Blair still smacked an eye-popping eleven home runs- and he hit four in one day (three in the first game and one in the second game) in a July 10 double dip at Growden against the Miners. Impressively, even without his four-home-run- day, Blair would still lead the league in round-trippers.

“I’d go with these guys any day of the week,” said DH David Moore, echoing Blair’s sentiments about their fellow Goldpanners, as Moore shared a seat with some of his teammates on the picnic table outside GM Don Dennis’ office after Thursday’s game.. “I’ve had a blast being with these guys.” (Written by Andy Sterns)



Ed Cheff 2002-03 ABL Coach of the Year

Cameron Blair

Cameron Blair, SS | Sean Timmons, P | Brian Jeroloman, C | Paul Keck, DH


Mat-Su Miners 22 13 .629
Anchorage Bucs 21 14 .600
Peninsula Oilers 21 14 .600
Goldpanners 20 15 .588
Glacier Pilots 14 21 .400
AIA-Alaska 7 28 .200


2004 Goldpanners (29-16)
Field Manager
Ed Cheff
1BJoe Persichina.278
2BCameron Blair.298
3BAllen Balmer.314
SSArman Sidhu.250
OFMike Lissman.216
OFTrevor Mortensen.285
OFJordan Struble.283
CBrian Jeroloman.314
DHPaul Keck.305
SPSean Timmons (5-1)3.59
SPCarlos Fisher (3-2)3.23
SPReid Hamblet(3-3)3.55
SPJeff Stimpson (2-3)2.66
RPKenny Maiques (2-0-3)2.19
RPRyan Shaver (3-0-1)2.13
Team Batting Average             .271
Team Earned Run Average    3.25


Most Valuable Player

Cameron Blair (04)
2004 ABL Player of the Year

Most Valuable Pitcher

Sean Timmons (94-98-99-00-01-02-03-04) 2003 ABL Player of Year


June 21, 2004 - 9-1 WIN vs. Kenai Peninsula Oilers


Ryan Shaver (04) Lower Columbia College
Freshman out of Lathrop HS, Fairbanks AK
LCC - Pitching Coach Rob Hippi (02-03)


Jon McCaslin (03)2.70 1 0 5 13.1 5 4 13 6 19
Ryan Shaver (04)2.84 4 1 2 31.2 12 10 17 10 38


"Mat and Su weren't the only mascots at Saturday's doubleheader. Charlie the dog, who hangs out with the Fairbanks broadcast-webcast crew of Todd Dennis and Gero Von Dehn, is fast becoming a friendly face in ABL press boxes. Charlie gladly accepts pieces of hamburger or hot dog." Doyle Woody, Anchorage Daily News


Bill & Tammy Madigan
Parents of Austin & Dakota Madigan

"Just wanted to send pictures of the clinic held by Coach Strankman, Kyle Bowers, & Joe Persichina on June 18th for the Fairbanks T-ballers. The kids really enjoyed the time they spent learning some of the basics of baseball. It is great to see they take time out of their day to spend with these kids. Many thanks go out to them. "

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