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Posted: June 10, 2012 - 11:01pm
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The Gastineau Channel Little League Majors Division softball teams will be hosting the Petersburg softball team this week at Melvin Park. S

tarting today at 6:30 p.m. the Attack will take on the PSG girls, the Blitz get that honor on Tuesday night (same time), the Crush take the challenge on Wednesday evening (same time) and the Reign will play them on Thursday (exact same time).

Besides seeing some up-and-coming future high school stars fans can enjoy the new construction around the park.

Juneau will be the site of the LL Alaska District 2 State Major Softball Tournament (July 13-18) and the Junior Softball State Tournament (July 24-29). Juneau will also host the Minors AAA District Tournament July 6-9.

Did You Know???

To “airmail” is to throw the ball over another player’s head; such as a catcher throwing it into centerfield above the second baseman on an attempted steal.

“Big show” or “the show” is the professional major leagues.

“Bush league” is lesser minor-league teams in small cities or towns.

“Chin music” is a beanball or a knockdown pitch that passes close to the batter’s jaw.

“Circus catch” is a spectacular catch, suggesting the moves of a circus acrobat.

“Texas Leaguer” is a poorly hit ball that loops meekly over the infield and lands for a hit.

“Room service” is a term describing a pitch or batted ball that comes right to a defensive player.

On This Date In Baseball, June 11:

1904 — Bob Wicker of the Chicago Cubs pitched 9 1-3 hitless innings before Sam Mertes of the New York Giants singled. Wicker won a 1-0, 12-inning one-hitter.

1938 — Johnny Vander Meer hurled the first of two consecutive no-hitters as the Cincinnati Reds beat the Boston Braves 3-0.

1967 — The Chicago Cubs hit seven homers and the New York Mets four in the second game of a doubleheader, tying the major league record set by the New York Yankees (6) and Detroit Tigers (5) in 1950. Adolfo Phillips hit four home runs in the doubleheader for Chicago.

1981 — Following Seattle’s 8-2 win over Baltimore, major league players went on strike.

1985 — Von Hayes became the first player in major league history to hit two home runs in the first inning. Hayes connected twice in a nine-run first, powering the Philadelphia Phillies to a 26-7 victory over the New York Mets.

1990 — Nolan Ryan pitched the sixth no-hitter of his career, extending his major league record, as the Texas Rangers beat the Oakland Athletics 5-0. Ryan was the first to pitch no-hitters for three teams and, at 43, the oldest to throw one.

1995 — Mark McGwire hit three home runs in consecutive at-bats and tied the major league record of five homers in consecutive games, leading the Oakland Athletics over the Boston Red Sox 8-1.

1995 — Lee Smith set a major league record with a save in his 16th consecutive appearance, pitching a scoreless ninth inning to preserve the California Angels’ 5-4 victory over Baltimore. Smith broke the mark of 15 straight set by Doug Jones in 1988.

1997 — Roger Clemens lost for the first time after 11 straight wins to open the season as the Seattle Mariners topped the Toronto Blue Jays 5-1.

2002 — Jared Sandberg became the 16th AL player to homer twice in an inning, and the third this season, as Tampa Bay beat Los Angeles 11-2.

2003 — Houston’s Roy Oswalt, Pete Munro, Kirk Saarloos, Brad Lidge, Octavio Dotel and Billy Wagner combined for the first no-hitter against the New York Yankees in 45 years, winning 8-0. The sextet set a record for the highest number of pitchers to throw a no-hitter in major league history — four accomplished the feat twice.

2009 — Shin-Soo Choo hit an RBI single that glanced off a gull and gave Cleveland a 4-3 win over Kansas City. Choo’s bouncing base hit flattened a low-flying gull in the 10th inning and rolled past Kansas City’s center fielder and Mark DeRosa scored from second base without a throw. The stunned bird flopped around for a few seconds before flying off.

Today’s birthday: Jose Reyes 29.

Yogi Berra says:

“If the people don’t want to come out to the ballpark, nobody’s going to stop them.”

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