ABL Top Prospects:
MVP) #3, Marc Kaiser (02) #4, Blake Gill (02) #6, Chad Corona (02) #7; Northwoods League: John Purdom (01) #7 "Voted the league's MVP because of his bat, Purdom has a strong arm but his other skills may not play behind the plate. Luckily for him, he has solid power and advanced hitting skills." - Allan Simpson
Many Happy Returns - General Relativity "A side observation on Blake (Gill). He was cut out to be a Goldpanner. I have witnessed many pickups over the years and never before have I seen a guy become integrated the way it happened for Gill. By the third game of the tournament it seemed as though he had been with the team throughout the season. A tribute to Blake and the other Goldpanner players who welcomed him aboard."
Panners Strike Pure Gold - ADN "To be honest with you," Anchorage coach Bob Miller replied when asked what happened, "I'm at a loss for words right now." "From the day we got here, we thought we might be seeing (the Pilots) tonight," Cheff said. "That's a really good club we had to beat twice here. Doing it the way we did it certainly makes it more special."
Memories of mom flood back for MVP Gill "Gill went 4 for 4 with two runs scored and three RBIs. Next thing he knew, he was holding the MVP trophy. "I never thought this would have happened, especially a few days ago," Gill said. "It's incredible. It's the best feeling I've ever had on a baseball field in my life."
8/14: Panners hit the Mother Lode - Bob Eley "The Panners have played in a record 12 championship games with four of those coming against the Glacier Pilots. The Panners now hold a 3-1 advantage in those games. The Pilots have played in 10 championship games."
Fairbanks Return Brightens NBC - Bob Lutz "Dennis, probably the most successful figure in NBC history, didn't join his team for a jubilant postgame celebration on the field. Instead, he remained stationed behind a camera above the bleachers behind third base, helping with the Fairbanks Web cast. Fairbanks has now played in 23 World Series, and won 26 percent of them. The Panners also have six second-place finishes, so they have played in the championship game in 52 percent of the tournaments they have entered."
Fairbanks wins record sixth title "The two teams had met three times before in the championship game, with Fairbanks now holding a 3-1 advantage."
NBC SPEAKCAST OF CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
Anchorage Glacier Pilots
Its Pilots vs. Panners for the Title "This afternoon, they will take the field against the Goldpanners, who shared the Alaska Baseball League title with them. One game will not only decide this year's national champion, but since the organizations are tied with a record five NBC titles each, it will decide who is the most successful team in NBC history.
Panners Advance to Championship "We were run-ruling everyone, and we had to be reminded what this tournament would be like. But the way we've done it, we know we deserve to be in the championship."
Gill Golden for Fairbanks "I wasn't contributing like I felt I should have. I was really kind of taking it hard on myself," said Gill, a sophomore at Louisiana State. "It feels good to know that they can count on me when I'm up at the plate now.
SCORECAST vs. Nevada Griffons
Pilots Stumble Against Panners "Too crushed to even come out of the dugout for a postgame handshake with the Goldpanners, the Anchorage players and coaches waited for about 15 minutes as the All-Americans and other awards were announced."
It All Pans Out "We've been able to come back many times throughout the season, and we were so confident we'd be able to come back and get in the game," Robinson said."
SCORECAST vs. Wichita Braves
Panners Struggle But Win
San Luis Obisbo (NBC) NOTE: Scott Robertson entered the game for the final batter in the 7th and finished the game
Dallas Phillies (NBC)
8/1: Added IF Blake Gill and LHP Roger Lincoln to
2002 NBC Roster