Majors Win Again!
The Gastineau Channel Little League majors all-stars won their second straight game at the District 2 tournament in Haines on Thursday, topping Sitka 15-0 in the four-inning shortened mercy rule (over ten runs). GCLL had 19 hits to Sitka’s 4 and scored four runs in the 1st and 2nd innings, six in the 3rd and one in the fourth. Zeb Storie led with 4 hits, Bobby Cox 3. RBI leaders were Jacob Dale, Cox, Erik Kell and Sammy McKnight. Bryce Swofford opened on the mound for GCLL and Erik Kelly pitched the 3rd and beginning of the 4th, McKnight completed the game. He also hit a homerun. Swofford stole three bases, Storie two, Cesar, Watts and McCurley one each. Swofford threw 20 pitches (15 strikes), Kelly 18 (15 strikes) and McKnight 13 (seven strikes). Juneau plays Ketchikan today at 3 p.m. Kelly led with four strikeouts.
Getting Up There! The Juneau Empire is fast approaching a 100-candle cake party in November. If you have any favorite sports memories I would love to know about them. Check out the photo at the right... anyone you know? The answer is at the end of this column.
So do you have a moment you like to think back to? Tell me please.
Do you remember a time that your team bested another? Tell.
How about an early recollection when high schools played local miners or trappers? Tell, tell.
How about an unofficial mountain crossing onto glaciers before there was a designated trailhead? Tell, tell, and tell, pleasssssse.
And if you stumble upon an old photo or write up that you have treasured... well, I would give almost anything to see it!
One hundred years has to have a few athletic incidents that make you sit back and smile, or nod your head, or shake your fist, or try to squeeze into that ankle length cheer skirt, or wiggle into hoops shorts that are closer to your waist than your knees. Please call me at 523-2228 or email anything you have to firstname.lastname@example.org or just wander in and sit a spell and tell me about it.
Juniors To Chase the Rabbit! The Gastineau Channel Little League juniors District 2 all-star champions will be challenging District 1 champs Abbott-O-Rabbit in the state best of five game series in Anchorage starting Sunday, July 22. Juneau’s 10-5 win over Ketchikan in the District 2 title series clinched their best of three southeast title. According to manager Joe Tompkins, Tim Christensen pitched four-and-one-third innings with 6 strikeouts, no walks and one error. Jake Tanner got the win, coming in with runners on second and third to put out the fire in the fifth and struck out three batters in the game while walking two. “That really gave our club a boost which fed into our five run rally in the seventh,” Tompkins said. “Ketchikan put us to the test. We were pleased that the boys were able to respond to a tough situation. Jared (Markovich and Grant (Ainsworth) made some clutch plays near the end and were both solid the whole game.” Ainsworth was 1-3 with two walks, Markovich was 1-4 (1 BB), Tanner 1-2 (2 BB), Brendan Pietz 1-3 (1 BB), Christensen 1-3, Mo Bullock 1-3, Devon Williams a sac-fly, Alex Muir 2-4, Guy Bean 2-3, Finn Collins a sac-fly, Kaleb Tompkins 0-1, Matt Cunningham 1-2 (sac-fly).
“People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do, I stare out the window and wait for spring.” - Rogers Hornsby.
On This Date In Baseball History, July 20: 1906 — Malcolm Eason of Brooklyn pitched a 2-0 no-hitter against the Cardinals in St. Louis. / 1925 — Brooklyn’s Dazzy Vance struck out 17 batters as the Dodgers tripped the Chicago Cubs 4-3 in 10 innings. / 1933 — Babe Herman hit three home runs, including a grand slam, to pace the Chicago Cubs in a 10-1 rout of the Philadelphia Phillies at Wrigley Field. / 1941 — New York’s Joe DiMaggio had three doubles and a homer in a 12-6, 17-inning Yankee victory over the Tigers in Detroit. / 1973 — Wilbur Wood of the Chicago White Sox lost both ends of a doubleheader to the New York Yankees, 12-2 and 7-0. / 1976 — Hank Aaron hit the 755th and final home run of his career to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to a 6-2 win over California. / 2003 — Albert Pujols became the fourth player to hit 100 home runs in his first three major league seasons with a two-run shot in St. Louis’ 10-7 win over Los Angeles. / 2008 — Francisco Rodriguez became the fastest pitcher to 40 saves in big league history when he closed out the Los Angeles Angels’ 5-3 victory over Boston. Rodriguez, who struck out the side in the ninth inning, reached 40 saves in 98 games — 10 faster than John Smoltz did five years ago. / Today’s birthdays: Stephen Strasburg 24; Alexi Casilla 28.
Oh, in the photo on B1:
Juneau All-Star Tony Stock flies through the lane between Juneau JV defenders Jesse Pelayo (34) and David Paavola (15) during a game on January 6, 1996.
A great shot but I think we can do better. What do you say Juneau? What do you have out there? What is in your locker room of memories that needs to get aired out? I remember Converse white high-top canvas basketball shoes that wore out in less than a month.