The Gastineau Channel Little League Majors All-Stars began the Alaska District 2 Baseball Tournament with a bang Monday, exploding for 18 runs in the fourth and fifth innings to blow open a pitchers’ duel en route to an 18-1 win over Sitka in Pool A action at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.
After sleep walking through the first three innings, Juneau’s bats came alive in the fourth.
Eric Kelly drew a one-out walk and took second on a passed ball. Guy Bean, Juneau’s starter on the hill, homered to right for the go-ahead scores, and Juneau never looked back.
Bryce Swofford drew a walk, Owen Swanton singled and Jacob Dale bunted his way on to load the bases. Fletcher Sebens drew a walk, forcing in a run, and with two outs, Zeb Storie was hit by a pitch, forcing in another run.
Michael Cesar then cleared the bases with a stand-up double. Juneau picked up the pace in the fifth, tacking on 11 more runs. Storie hit a two-run single, Bean and McCurley each belted two-run doubles and Dale hit two singles in the inning to finish 3-for-3 with an RBI.
Bean picked up the win, giving up just two hits, both in the second for Sitka’s lone run. He also struck out six and walked one, and helped his cause on the hill with a 2-for-4 performance at the plate with a home run, a double and four RBIs. Swanton was 2-for-2 with two runs scored, Dale was 3-for-3 with an RBI, Storie had a hit and three RBIs, Cesar had a hit, a walk, a stolen base and three RBIs, and McCurley had a hit, a walk and an RBI.
Pool A’s Ketchikan defeated Petersburg 16-5 in the day’s opener, and Wrangell defeated Haines 4-2 in the Pool B.
Kethickan faces Sitka today at noon, Wrangell takes on Prince of Wales at 3 p.m. and Juneau faces Petersburg.
The Gastineau Channel Little League Juniors All-Star team improved to 2-0 in their Alaska District 2 Baseball Tournament after pounding Prince of Wales 19-0 on Monday in Craig.
Juneau fired away out of the gate, building a 7-0 lead after the first inning, doubling it up in the second and adding five more in the third. The game went just five innings.
RJ Markovich went 2-for-4 with a walk, an RBI and three runs scored, Jared Markovich went 2-for-3 with two walks, four RBIs and two runs scored, Jack Withington had a hit, two RBIs and scored twice, Collin Ludeman went 2-for-3 with a walk, an RBI and two runs scored, Michael Dale was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored, and Grant Ainsworth added two RBIs on a hit.
Withington, RJ Markovich and Jacob Thibodeau combined on a four-hitter with six total strikeouts and four walks.