Ketchikan won Pool A’s No. 1 seed after jumping on Juneau early and holding on late, topping the Gastineau Channel Little League Majors All-Stars 9-8 Wednesday on the final day of pool play in the Alaska District 2 Baseball Tournament at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.
The win gave Ketchikan the No. 1 seed from Pool A while Juneau is the No. 2. Ketchikan faces Pool B No. 2 Wrangell at 6 p.m. Friday while Juneau faces Pool B No. 1 Prince of Wales at 3 p.m. in bracket play. The winners earn a spot in Saturday’s championship game at 6 p.m.
Sitka defeated Petersburg 16-6 and Prince of Wales knocked off Haines 12-3 in the day’s other games.
Ketchikan built a 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning, and Juneau cut the deficit in half, 4-2, by the end of the first.
Ketchikan added three more runs in the third, but Juneau rallied in the fourth. Kasey Watts reached on a fielder’s choice and Bryce Swofford drew a walk. Fletcher Sebens then singled to load the bases. Two more walks forced in two runs for Juneau, and an RBI fielder’s choice by Zeb Storie made it a 7-5 ball game.
Swofford came on to pitch in the fifth and shut Ketchikan down, and Juneau was able to tie the game at 7-all.
Erik Kelly doubled and Watts drove him in with an RBI single. Sebens and Corbin Neville each drew walks, and pinch runner Michael Cesar tied the game on a passed ball.
Jackson Pool then doubled for Ketchikan and scored on an error as Shawn Sande reached base. Luke Jones scored Sande with an RBI double and Ketchikan pulled back in front 9-7.
Juneau mounted a last-ditch rally after Storie singled and took third on an error. Cesar drove him in with a sacrifice fly and Juneau was in business. Kelly singled but as he tried to take second, he rolled his ankle on the bag and was tagged out, which proved costly as Bean and Watts followed with back-to-back singles, which would have scored Kelly and tied the game. Spencer Erickson then struck out Swofford to end the rally and the game.
Kelly went 3-for-4 with two doubles, Bean went 1-for-2 with two walks, Watts was 2-for-4 with an RBI and Sebens had a single and a walk for Juneau.
Noah King went 3-for-4, Sande went 1-for-2 and reached base four times and Jackson Pool was 2-for-2 with a double, an RBI and a walk, and Erikson picked up the win on the mound to lead Ketchikan.