After demolishing an assortment of teams from around Southeast, Juneau’s Gastineau Channel Little League junior division all-star team is just one win away from winning the District 2 Title in Petersburg and moving on to the state tournament in Anchorage.
On Tuesday the junior’s stopped Ketchikan 8-1 in the first game of their best-of-three championship series. If they beat Ketchikan again today at 6 p.m. it is all over but the packing for up north. Juneau’s Jared Markovich got the win, throwing 78 pitches and Guy Bean relieved with a pitch total of 18. according to team coaches. Markovich through five innings and gave up the lone run. Injured during the high school season with a leg fracture, Markovich is slowly easing back into pitching form. Bean’s relief work was one and a third innings and Brendan Pietz threw one pitch that resulted in a game ending double play.
“It was nice that we could extend him this game,” Juneau coach Matt Greely said of Markovich. “He threw the ball well and commanded the ball in and out of the strike zone. We will need more than a few pithers going forward.”
Pitchers are allowed a max limit of 20 pitches with no rest in between and a max of 95 pitches before four days rest are required.
Manager Joe Tompkins said the team was starting to drive the ball well. Other high lights included Pietz’s hitting a 2 RBI home run blast of the Petersburg scoreboard and Matt Cunningham collecting three lead off doubles, one off the fence. Grant Ainsworth played solid defense as well as Cunningham. Juneau was undefeated in their round robin portion of the tournament, beating Ketchikan 12-0, Petersburg 26-1 and Sitka 11-0.
“Baseball is a game where a curve is an optical illusion, a screwball can be a pitch or a person, stealing is legal and you can spit anywhere you like except in the umpire’s eye or on the ball.” -Jim Murray,
American Sports Writer, winner of a Pulitzer Prize, 1919-1998.
On This Date In Baseball History, July 18:
1882 — Ambidextrous pitcher Tony Mullane of Louisville pitched with both hands in a major league game at Baltimore. Normally a right-hander, Mullane switched to the left hand in the fourth inning. He eventually lost 9-8.
1912 — The Chicago Cubs had 21 hits in 11 innings but still lost to the Philadelphia Phillies when Gavvy Cravath stole home.
1921 - At Navin Field in Detroit, Babe Ruth becomes the all-time home run leader when he hits his 139th career blast as a major leaguer. The Yankees’ slugger’s 36th homer of the season, a mammoth shot that travels over 500 feet, puts him ahead of Roger Connor, who connected for 138 round-trippers during his 18 years in the National League.
1927 — Ty Cobb of the Philadelphia Athletics doubled off the glove of Harry Heilmann for his 4,000th hit.
1939 - The Dodgers acquire infielder Pee Wee Reese from the Red Sox in exchange for a player to be named later (Red Evans), three minor leaguers and $35,000. The 21-year old farmhand, a future Hall of Famer, will become a crowd favorite helping Brooklyn to win seven pennants during his 16 seasons with the team.
1947 - At Briggs Stadium, Fred Hutchinson blanks the Yankees, 8-0. Detroit’s victory stops New York’s American League record-tying winning streak at 19 games.
1948 — Pat Seerey of the Chicago White Sox hit four home runs in a 12-11, 11-inning victory over the Philadelphia A’s in the opener of a doubleheader. Seerey hit two mammoth shots off Carl Scheib, one off Bob Savage and the game-winner off Lou Brissie in the top of the 11th.
1948 - After the first two Cubs get on base in the bottom of the ninth inning at Wrigley Field, Phillies rookie Robin Roberts appears to pitch out of trouble by getting the next two batters out. The 21-year old hurler and future Hall of Famer, however, proceeds to hit the two consecutive batters with a pitch, Phil Cavarretta and Andy Pafko, giving Chicago a 3-2 walk-off victory.
1952 - Trailing 11-0 after three innings against Sal Maglie at the Polo Grounds, the Cardinals pull off a major comeback defeating the Giants, 14-12. The rally equals the largest come-from-behind win in National League history.
1954 - In the fifth inning at Sportsman’s Park, Babe Pinelli forfeits the second game of the twin bill to the visiting Phillies. The umpire makes the rare call when the Cardinals, trailing 8-1 in the not-yet -official game and darkness approaching, delay the game by bringing in three new pitchers during the inning.
1961 - At Busch Stadium, Bill White ties Ty Cobb’s 49-year old record by collecting 14 hits in consecutive doubleheaders as the Cardinal first baseman goes three for four in both games of a doubleheader sweep over the Cubs. The future NL president started the streak on the day Cobb died when he went 8-for-10 in yesterday’s twin bill, also played against Chicago, but at Wrigley Field.
1962 — Bob Allison and Harmon Killebrew of the Minnesota Twins each hit grand slams in the first inning of a 14-3 rout of the Cleveland Indians.
1970 — Willie Mays bounced career-hit number 3,000 through the left side of the infield off Mike Wegener in the second inning of the San Francisco Giants’ 10-1 romp over the Montreal Expos.
1972 - Denny Doyle’s RBI single with two outs in the top of the ninth inning spoils San Diego starter Steve Arlin’s bid for a no-hitter. The Philadelphia second baseman advances to second on a balk by the right-hander scoring on Tim Hutton’s single, but the 26-year old gets Greg Luzinski to fly out to center, preserving the Padres’ 5-1 victory at Jack Murphy Stadium.
1983 - The first-place Phillies, with an unimpressive 43-42 record, fire manager Pat Corrales and replaced him with the team’s general manager, Paul Owens. The ‘Pope’ will lead the ‘Wheeze Kids’ to the National League pennant.
1986 - The Royals announce manager Dick Howser, who led the team to the World Championship last season, will miss the rest of the campaign to undergo treatment for a brain tumor. The Kansas City skipper, who will attempt a comeback during spring training, will lose his courageous battle against cancer in June.
1987 — New York’s Don Mattingly tied Dale Long’s 31-year-old major league record when he hit a home run for the eighth consecutive game in the Yankees’ 7-2 loss to the Texas Rangers.
1988 - In 2 1/3 innings, Mariners hurler Gene Walter balks four times in a 12-3 loss to Detroit. The southpaw becomes the third American League pitcher to tie the major league record this season.
1990 - The Red Sox and Twins establish an American League record when the teams turn ten double plays at Fenway Park. Minnesota, after completing two triple plays yesterday’s contest, completes six of the double killings in their 5-4 loss to Boston.
1994 - After four ceiling tiles drop nearly 180 feet into the stands behind home plate, officials close the Kingdome in Seattle. Due to the mishap, the Mariners embark on 22-day road trip, which will be cut short by the players’ strike.
1995 - Lee Smith becomes third hurler in major league to give up two game-ending grand slams in the same season when Albert Belle goes yard giving the Indians a dramatic 7-5 victory over the Angels at Jacobs Field. At the end of last month, the 37-year old closer yielded a walk-off four-run round-tripper to A’s slugger Mark McGwire.
1998 - The late Ted Kluszewski, a four-time All-Star and a member of the Reds Hall of Fame since 1962, has his #18 retired by the club. The left-handed slugger’s nine-foot replica jersey, unlike the other others on the Cinergy Field wall, is depicted sleeveless because the first baseman would need to cut off the sleeves to make his massive upper arms fit into tight flannel shirts the team wore.
1998 — Donnie Sadler’s first major league home run was the first of Boston’s record four two-out homers in a 9-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers. In the seven-run fourth inning, Darren Lewis, Nomar Garciaparra and Mo Vaughn followed to break the AL record of three held by six teams.
1999 — With Don Larsen on hand to help celebrate Yogi Berra Day at Yankee Stadium, David Cone pitched a perfect game. Cone dazzled the Montreal Expos, throwing the 14th perfect game in modern history to lead the New York Yankees to a 6-0 victory.
2000 - Hitting four doubles in a game, which has only occurred 37 times in the last century, is accomplished twice today. In a 12-4 drubbing of the Cubs, Royals leadoff hitter Johnny Damon accomplishes the rare feat, as does Shannon Stewart of the Blue Jays in an 11-7 loss to the Mets at the Skydome.
2000 - Johnny Damon collects a career-high five hits in Kansas City’s 12-4 rout of the Cubs. The Royals outfielder’s Kauffman Stadium performance includes four doubles, tying a major league mark.
2001 - The game between the Diamondbacks and Padres is halted at the end of the second inning after a Qualcomm Stadium transformer catches fire causing a whole section of spotlights above centerfield to explode. The game is suspended until the next day.
2001 - In response to the grievance filed by the umpires earlier in the week, the commissioner’s office announces pitch counts will not be used as an evaluation technique.
2001 — Roger Cedeno was 4-for-5 with a double, triple, two homers and six RBIs in Detroit’s 12-4 win over the New York Yankees in the second game of a day-night doubleheader.
2006 - Calling a 1-0 pitching gem thrown by rookie southpaw Jon Lester, Jason Varitek establishes a new team record catching his 991st game with the Red Sox. The Boston captain surpasses the record previously held by Hall of Fame backstop Carlton Fisk (1969-80).
2006 - After signing a one-day contract with the Kansas City T-Bones and being ‘traded’ during the game to the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks, 94-year old Buck O’Neil walks twice, once for each team, in the Northern League All-Star Game to become the oldest man ever to make a plate appearance in a professional baseball game. The former Negro League star surpasses 83-year-old Jim Eriotes, who struck out playing for the Sioux Falls Canaries earlier in the month, but doesn’t break Ted “Double Duty” Radcliffe’s mark, who threw one pitch in 1999 for the Schaumburg Flyers at the age of 96.
2006 — Atlanta became the first team since the 1930 New York Yankees to score 10 or more runs in five straight games following a 14-5 victory over St. Louis. The Braves have scored 65 runs during their offensive explosion that included two 15-run games.
2008 - Recently released Richie Sexson signs with the Yankees. The Bronx Bombers are hoping the former Mariners’ first baseman, who has lowest batting average in the major leagues hitting just .218 overall but .344 against lefties, can add a potent bat when the club faces southpaws.
2009 - In the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami, ground is broken for the Marlins’ long-awaited retractable-roof ballpark, scheduled to be completed by Opening Day 2012. The ceremony, attended by about 5,000 fans, includes Charlie Hough throwing a ceremonial pitch to Benito Santiago, the battery who threw and caught the first pitch in franchise history in 1993.
Today’s birthdays: Allen Craig 28; Torii Hunter 37.