It was almost balmy, and then again, it was pretty stormy, classic Juneau Softball weather.
It’s Juneau’s version of the Gathering of the CLANS as 66 teams and almost 1,000 players emerge from the darkness and converge on the diamonds, just as it was for the first softball game almost 125 years ago.
Following two weekends of the Wood Bat tournament there were some sore muscles, but that didn’t stop any of the heroic diamond action.
Men’s C Division
Team Imperial picked up where it left off last season with a 22-6 blasting of the Southeast Mine Supply Miners, and then a 12-9 drilling of Taku Oil. Taku Oil took out revenge, though, and hunted down Timberwolf, 22-11. The SE Miners opened their season of predator control, shooting down Timberwolf, 16-13.
Men’s D Division
The Rounders, namesakes of the first era of softball players, rolled slowly out of the gate, losing to Taku Lanes 14-13 and 20-13, and then Kappler Computers hardwired them, 20-13. Things finally got squared away for the Round guys, though, with a 15-14 takedown of Kappler Computers. Taku Lanes looked like a 300 game was coming their way with the two wins over the Rounders and 8-5 opening win over Kappler, but the Computermen finally knocked down the pinsetters, 16-15, making the split.
Men’s F North Division
The James Gang held up Lynden Transport, 27-18, and the Mudstingers put a bill of lading on the Transporters, 13-12. but then Lynden came back and shipped out the Northern Hot Spots, 22-21. Not to be outdone, The Mudstingers tanned the Northern Hot Spotters, 21-13, before the boys finally came out of the tanning booth, and put some burn on Kennys Liquor, 14-13. It was the first loss for Kenny’s Liquor after they had poured it on the Island Pubsters, 25-10, oozed past the Mudstingers, 7-5, and robbed the James Gang, 23-10. Those Douglas Pubsters opened the taps after their opening loss when they burned the HotSpotters 19-14, rode over the James Gang, 27-15, and towed out Lynden, 15-14. Watch out for the old guys.
Men’s F South Division
The FNBA Caps were going up like gas prices; they won the Wood Bat tournament, conquered the Base Invaders, 20-1, deposited Sons of Pitches, 34-4, and then cast off Double Ugly, 15-14. Double Ugly lured everyone else in, baiting T & H, 17-2, repulsing the Base Invaders, 13-5, and then hooking the Sons of Pitches, 22-0. Sons got their first franchise victory with an 18-10 takedown of T&H.
Women’s C Division
The bars were battling to start the season. Imperial’s Ladies poured out Pat’s Douglas Inn (Louie’s), 7-6, but the Replacements came back to wipe down the ladies from the Imperial, 18-8. But not to be outdone, those understudies of Swing, The Replacements, then completed the bar tour, putting an 11-9 loss on Pat’s tab. The Ladies from Louies came back, though, and rang the bell on the Replacements, 19-16.
It was a bruising week for Chicks, as Sticks N Stones RB Communications rocked them, 16-0. But the Chicks came back to win a 15-13 nailbiter. Chicks made it a perfect twofer as they transported the Lynden Ladies, 16-1, and 13-5, to stay at the top of the leader board. Lynden packaged a pair on the Sticks, 7-6 and 16-14, to keep the cable tight on Chicks.
Women’s D Division
Sunny Side Up got fried, over hard, as Uni-Select Auto Plus flipped them, 8-3 and 5-1. The Merchant’s Wharf added a side of hash browns to that order, scrambling Sunny Side Up 7-4 before they got wrenched by the Auto Plus Women, 10-9 and 16-6.
The First National Bank of Alaska Angels, in its second year, played them close, as they wrestled past the SandWitches, 12-10; but even divine intervention couldn’t stand up to higher education as the UAS Women brought the Angels back to earth, 7-3 and 6-5. UAS finished up the commencement night on top of the standings, knocking the Sand Witches out of their orbit, 17-3.
Coed D Division
Nizich Dental got behind the double eight ball, as Alaska Communications tweeted them 16-13, and then Team Miller Lite filled that cavity, 16-6. ACS communicated to the division to watch out as they schooled UAS coed, 19-4, and transported Lynden coed, 14-1. Team Miller Lite made the week taste great with a 17-13 win over Lynden coed, but the Transporters finally got rid of some of their excess cargo, with a 15-6 win over UAS coed.
Coed E Division
Ryder Construction HNS nailed down the Wombats, 16-4, and the Killer Bees, 15-9. Juneau Urgent & Family Care netted the AML Hooliguns, 10-8, and splinted the Wombats, 14-3. The Killer Bees buzzed the Wombats, 8-7, but then got fumigated by the Hooliguns, 8-4.
Coed F North Division
In the Northern part of the Division, Valley Liquor Crown Royals got mauled by the Bad News Bears, 11-4, and then the Bear cubs munched State Farm, 10-9, and Off the Cuff, 11-9. Malia Hayward State Farm poured out the Crown Royals, 15-9, and then insured a perfect start with an 11-10 win over Rickey’s Crystal Fish. Off the Cuff blew away Sea Breeze, 23-8, but then the “other” State Farm slipped past the Cuff, 22-21.
Coed F South Division
In the southern hemisphere of the F Division world, The Haz Gassers ran out of noxious fuel as the Party Fouls crashed by them 12-5, and then by McGloven, 16-9. Ballz of Glory shopped Foodland, 23-4, and then eluded the Patriots from Mike Hatch Jeep, 4-3. That first win is still eluding the new Patriot franchise as Foodland cashiered them, 13-7, and then McGloven escaped with a 7-3 win. To finish it all off, the Gassers hooked up Alaska Towing, 16-9.
Coed G North Division
Mt. Roberts Traminators got plenty of lift as they skied over Adder Ups, 11-9, flogged the Pirates, 9-6, and then elevated past Team AWARE, 15-7. The Pirates buried some treasure, though, when they defeated Aware 6-3. B’attitudes felt better after greasing Reliable Oil, 15-4, and then toting up a 16-6 win over Adder Ups. The Adder Ups audited Reliable Oil, though, 11-5, but the Oilers finally found the gusher with an 11-9 win over Aware.
Coed G South Division
ASEA Local 52 Summertime Fun got a jump on summer when they operated on Bartlett Bruisers, 15-3, deposited Wells Fargo, 30-0, and reconstructed SRI, 18-12. Ball Busters stayed up to the task, as they crunched Bartlett 31-3, crowned King Brothers 20-9 and contracted out on SRI, 11-8. SRI got its building permits in order, though, when they tore down King Brothers, 15-7, and then locked in Wells Fargo, 18-4. King Brothers got the first win for their franchise as they sent Bartlett back to the emergency room, 25-22.
Check out the JSA website, www.juneausoftball.com for up to date scores and standings.