Anchorage’s Abbott-O-Rabbit cruised to a 14-0, five-inning shutout of Gastineau Channel’s Majors All-Stars in the opener of the Alaska State Little League Baseball Tournament on Thursday at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.
“We just didn’t show up,” Juneau manager Spencer Storie said. “It was 2-0 in the first inning and 5-0 in the third. They scored a few more in the fourth and a bunch in the fifth.”
Storie said he fully expects the team to rebound today.
“Absolutely,” he said. “We mainly talked about showing and playing the way we know we can (after the game). We know we can play better than we did (Thursday). That’s for sure.”
Full statistics weren’t available but Juneau managed just four total hits.
Game 2 is today at 6 p.m. at Adair-Kennedy. The teams had planned to play again at 6 p.m. Thursday after Game 1 was rained out Wednesday, but doubleheaders aren’t allowed unless determined to be the only way to complete the series.
Majors ousted from Western Regional
The Majors softball team was eliminated from the Western Regional Tournament in San Bernardino, Calif., after dropping an 8-5, back-and-forth semifinal affair Thursday to Northern California.
“We played hard and they played hard. They just came up with three more runs than we did. Tough loss,” manager Randy Bates said afterward.
Northern California scored twice in the first, only to see Alaska, made up of Juneau’s GCLL All-Star team, rallied with three runs in the third to take a 3-2 lead.
Northern California then scored twice in the bottom of the third, and Alaska went back up 5-4 after putting up two in the fourth. Northern California tied the game with a run in the bottom of the fourth and then took command with a three-run fifth.
“We kept battling back but they got the three runs in the fifth,” Bates said. “Erica Maiquis pitched outstanding. She gave us everything she had and I probably left her in an inning too long, especially in the 95-degree weather down here.”
Alaska’s last gasp came up short after going down 1-2-3 in the sixth.
Quincy Bates went 2-for-3, Jordan Harris had a hit, two RBIs and scored a run, Ava Tompkins scored twice and Sophia Hultberg scored a run.
Maiquis gave up eight runs, four earned, on seven hits and three walks in four innings, and Bates pitched an inning in relief, giving up no hits.
“We competed,” Bates said. “We competed and these girls realize they can play with the best in the nation. We proved it down here. We hit the ball better (Thursday) than (Wednesday), we just didn’t hit it well enough, and they got the ball in the lanes where we weren’t. That was the big difference.
“But I’m so proud of these girls. The outcome wasn’t what we wanted but I couldn’t be more proud.”
Northern California plays Southern California in today’s Western Regional championship with a berth in the Little League Softball World Series on the line.
Bates led the team with a .467 batting average for the tournament, finishing 7-of-15 in five games with a double, two RBIs, two runs scored and three stolen bases.
For the tournament, Sydney Miller went 2-for-5 in five games with a stolen base. Alondra Echiverri went 4-for-13 with a triple, three runs scored, two RBIs and six stolen bases. Makayla Harp went 4-for-14 with a home run, three runs scored, three RBIs, a walk and a stolen base.
Ava Tompkins had two hits, including a home run, five runs scored, four RBIs, three walks and four stolen bases. Maiquis had three hits, two walks, an RBI and scored four runs. Madelyne Johnson had a hit, an RBI and scored a run, and Jordan Harris had three hits with a double, two RBIs, five stolen bases and scored a run. Erika Holst drew a walk in seven plate appearances, Amanda Bicknell had a stolen base, Sam Good drew a walk in seven at-bats and stole a base, and Hultberg scored two runs.
Softball Juniors swept by Nunaka Valley
Nunaka Valley completed a three-game sweep of the GCLL Juniors softball All-Stars on Thursday with a 4-0 win.
Each team collected four hits but Juneau couldn’t get any runs across the plate against Nunaka Valley, the same team that competed in the Little League Softball World Series as 11-12-year-olds.
“Nunaka Valley has a very strong team, and the core of this team went to the World Series,” manager John Boucher said. “They’re a tough team to beat, but our girls really competed with them. They’ve told us that we’re always one of their toughest hurdles to get through.”
Nunaka Valley scored two runs in each of the fourth and fifth innings off GCLL pitchers Savanna Schauwecker and Kayla Balovich, who combined to give up just four hits and four walks.
“Our girls pitched great tonight,” Boucher said. “It was just one of those tight games that broke on one big hit.
“It’s tough because these girls have had to face this team to get out of the state every year since they were 11,” he continued. “It’s tough to see their Little League careers end.”
Schauwecker, Emma Good, Heather Alducin and Sarah Monagle each had one hit for Juneau, and neither team committed any errors in a clean game.