Juneau’s Gastineau Channel Little League junior girls softball All-Star team is facing some world series caliber opponents when the Alaska State Juniors All Star Softball Tournament begins on Tuesday at Melvin Park. The GCLL (district 2) is meeting a team that won state last season, advanced and won the Western Region in Tucson, Arizona and then won a game at the JLWS in Kirkland, Washington. That team finished fifth. That team is the Nunaka Valley/City View/Polar combined (district 1) out of Anchorage. If a team is good enough to be a world series contender than let the fireworks begin on Tuesday because GCLL is not too shabby themselves.
This season’s GCLL Junior All-Star selections are Quincy Bates (number 44), Ashley Cunningham (55), Meranda Frenzel (21), Elle Gray (20), Makayla Harp (48), Jordan Harris (12), Maya Hayward (43), Sophie Hultberg (11), Maddie Johnson (15), Emily Lukshin (24), Erica Maiquis (1), Maddie McKeown (27, coaches Chuck Gordon, Mitch Harp, and Jun Maiquis, and manager John Boucher.
Also note (because umpires don’t seem to get any press) that helping call the games will be Everett Boster, Bob Sims and Jack Stickel.
Majors Advance To Championship Game:
The GCLL Majors All Star baseball team plays in the District 2 championship game today against Ketchikan at Haines. Winner travels to the state tournament in Anchorage on Monday. Juneau went absolutely bonkers in the first inning of Saturday’s game against host Haines, exploding for 17 runs and then just hanging around until the fourth inning mercy rule came into play for a final score of 23-4. Luke Mallinger hit a grand slam homerun in the first inning on his way to 5 RBI on 4 hits. Juneau combined for 29 hits, 21 RBIs and 23 runs scored. Erik Kelly and Mike Cesar went 4-5, Kasey Watts 2-4, Sammy McKnight 3-4, Franklin San Nicolas 3-5, Bobby Cox 2-4, Corbin Neville 2-5. Watts also pitched the complete game.
On Friday the GCLL walloped Ketchikan 19-4, scoring eight runs in the first. The combined pitching of Zeb Storie (64 pitches - 38 strikes, 17 batters faced) and Cox (10 - 7, 4) kept the KTN bats relatively silent. Bryce Swofford and Cesar led Juneau at the plate, each going 3-4 with Swofford getting his second tournament home run and 2 RBIs and 2 runs scored. Cesar had 2 RBIs with a sacrifice and 2 runs scored. Storie went 1-1 with 3 RBI; McKnight 2-3; Cox 2-4; and Saint Nickles, Neville and Donavin McCurley each had a hit. Juneau finished undefeated in round robin play.
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On This Date In Baseball History, July 22:
1905 — Weldon Henley of the Philadelphia Athletics pitched a no-hitter, defeating the St. Louis Browns 6-0 in the first game of a doubleheader. It was the highlight of Henley’s 4-11 season.
1906 — Bob Ewing pitched the Cincinnati Reds to a 10-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies without a single assist registered by his teammates.
1926 — Cincinnati had four triples in an 11-run second inning as the Reds beat the Boston Braves, 13-1. Curt Walker hit two in the inning to tie an NL record for most triples in an inning.
1962 — Floyd Robinson of the Chicago White Sox had six singles in six at-bats in a 7-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox.
1967 — The Atlanta Braves used a major league record five pitchers in the ninth inning of a 5-4 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. The pitchers were Ken Johnson, Ramon Hernandez, Claude Raymond, Dick Kelley and Cecil Upshaw.
2000 — Seattle’s 13-5 win over Texas was interrupted for 54 minutes when a rainstorm drenched fans at Safeco Field and the $517.6 million stadium’s roof wouldn’t close because of a computer problem. The roof finally began closing about 20 minutes later.
2004 — Jason Schmidt’s 12-game winning streak ended as San Francisco fell to San Diego 9-4. Schmidt (12-3) was off from the outset in his worst start of the season, allowing eight runs, nine hits and four walks in 5 2-3 innings. It was his first loss in 17 starts since April 21.
2006 — Alfonso Soriano had three doubles, a triple and scored two runs to lead Washington to a 7-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs.
2007 — The New York Yankees had 25 hits in a 21-4 rout of Tampa Bay. The Yankees hit six home runs in the game, including two by Shelley Duncan.
2008 — Florida’s Rick VandenHurk threw five hitless innings and combined with three relievers for a one-hit, 1-0 win over Atlanta.
Today’s birthday: Ryan Vogelsong 35.