Grand Forks NewsNewsRegional NewsSports Fairbanks crowned GFI 2019 champions SHARE ON: Alex Alan, staff Wednesday, Jul. 3rd, 2019 A shot from the GFI bleachers shortly before the Opening Ceremonies. (Alex Alan, MyGrandForksNow staff) The 37th annual Grand Forks International Baseball Tournament is officially wrapped up. The new champions, The Goldpanners of Fairbanks Alaska, defeated the San Francisco Seals 9-2 during the final on July 1st, at James Donaldson Park. Fairbanks was last year’s runner-up, and this is their 1st GFI win! Due to an event qualified for previously by Fairbanks, The Seals will earn earn a spot in the National Baseball Congress World Series in Kansas.