It is time for local fans to don their favorite player’s number, bake that favorite player their favorite cookies, and get ready for some exciting Gastineau Channel Little League all-tournament state softball action. GCLL will host the Alaska State Championship tournament in Juneau this year. There will be two tournaments; one for the Majors Division (11-12 YO) and one for the Junior Division (13-14 YO).
The winner of each tournament will advance to the Little League Western Regional Tournament - Majors to San Bernardino, CA - Juniors to Tucson, AZ. Maybe fans should buy their favorite player sunscreen, and a water bottle, and some nice softball rose-tinted glasses.
The Majors tourney begins July 13-18 at Melvin Park, Field 2. The series is a best 3 of 5 and we will not know our opponent until Anchorage crowns their district champion. The Juniors tourney begins July 24-19 at Melvin Park, Field 2. This series is also the best 3 of 5 and again, GCLL does not know our opponent until an Anchorage district winner is announced.
As indicated above both of these tournaments are Little League State Championships. The winners will advance to regional play.
On This Date In Baseball History, July 2:
1903 — Washington outfielder Ed Delahanty went over a railroad bridge at Niagara Falls and drowned. The exact circumstances of his death never were determined.
1909 — The Chicago White Sox stole 12 bases, including home plate three times, in a 15-3 rout of the St. Louis Browns.
1930 — Chicago outfielder Carl Reynolds homered in the first, second and third innings, leading the White Sox to a 15-4 win over the New York Yankees. Reynolds, the second player in history to hit home runs in three consecutive innings, had two inside-the-park homers.
1933 — Carl Hubbell of the New York Giants beat the St. Louis Cardinals 1-0 in an 18-inning game. He allowed six hits and no walks. In the second game of the doubleheader, the Cardinals were blanked 1-0, with Roy Parmelee outdueling Dizzy Dean.
1941 — Joe DiMaggio of the New York Yankees hit a home run to extend his consecutive game hitting streak to 45 games, surpassing Willie Keeler’s record of 44 straight games for the Orioles in 1897.
1963 — Juan Marichal of San Francisco beat Warren Spahn and the Milwaukee Braves 1-0 in 16 innings on Willie Mays’ homer.
1986 — Roger Clemens of the Boston Red Sox fell short of a record-tying 15th consecutive winning decision when the Toronto Blue Jays scored three runs in the eighth inning for a 4-2 victory.
1995 — Hideo Nomo of the Los Angeles Dodgers became the first Japanese player picked for baseball’s All-Star game. Nomo was the NL’s leader in strikeouts and second in ERA.
2002 — A record 62 home runs were hit in the major leagues, breaking the mark of 57 set April 7, 2000. Raul Ibanez homered twice for Kansas City, making him the record ninth player to hit at least two in a game. San Francisco’s Damon Minor, Tsuyoshi Shinjo and Reggie Sanders each homered twice as the Giants became the 16th team to have three players with multiple homers in a game, an 18-5 win against Colorado.
2007 — Roger Clemens reached a rare milestone, pitching eight innings of two-hit ball to earn his 350th career win and lead the New York Yankees past Minnesota 5-1. Clemens became the first major leaguer to win 350 games since Hall of Famer Warren Spahn of the Milwaukee Braves accomplished the feat in 1963.
2009 — Houston Astros beat the Padres 7-2, but only after waiting out a 52-minute delay in the top of the ninth inning caused when a swarm of bees took over part of left field at San Diego’s Petco Park.
Today’s birthdays: Chris Marrero 24; Angel Pagan 31; Nyjer Morgan 32; Greg Dobbs 34.