2005: Collegiate Baseball Digest Report

Collegiate Baseball Digest
July 14, 2005

We check in on the Alaska Baseball League the day after a standing-room only crowd was on hand for the 100th Annual Midnight Sun Game to see the Goldpanners beat Strike Zone of Omaha, Neb. 3-1

The historical game began at 10:30 p.m. and was stopped at the half-inning closest to midnight for the singing of the Alaska’s Flag. The game was played in its entirety without artificial light thanks to the summer solstice. Plenty of baseball people were on hand as the Baseball Hall of Fame was in charge of pre-game ceremonies and Hall of Fame Red Sox pitcher Bobby Doerr threw out the ceremonial First Pitch at midnight. 

Fairbanks RHP Matt Kasser (Washington) combined with Shannon Wirth (Mt. Hood CC) and Jared Joaquin (Lower Columbia College) for a two-hit shutout of the Strike Zone of Omaha, Neb. on Monday. The Goldpanners doubled up Omaha 6-3 in the 100th Annual Midnight Sun Game that ended early this morning and will go for the sweep tonight. 19-year-old RHP Matt Fitts (Long Beach State) has been baffling ABL hitters in two starts thus far going 2-0 with a 0.69 ERA. He has struck out 15 and allowed just one walk and six hits through 13 innings.

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