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Juneau Majors win District 2 title:


The Juneau Gastineau Channel Little League Majors (11-12 year old) Division All-Stars captured the Southeast crown with a decisive 15-0 win over Ketchikan on Sunday in Haines.

Once again Juneau only needed four innings to win via the mercy rule, tallying 17 hits to Ketchikan’s 3. According to GCLL officials, Juneau scored 3 runs in the first inning, 4 in the second, 1 in the third and 7 in the fourth. Ketchikan threatened in the bottom of the fourth, loading the bases, but could not convert the runners to runs.

Juneau starting pitcher Bryce Swafford struck out 6 batters, hit a homerun and tallied 4 RBIs. Relief pitcher Bobby Cox, who came on to stop Ketchikan in the fourth, also had a homerun and 4 RBIs while going 4-4 at the plate. Swofford threw 49 pitches with 38 strikes; Cox threw 10 pitches with 5 strikes.

Juneau Catcher Michael Cesar hit 2 doubles for 3 RBIs and was 3-3. Corbin Neville had 2 RBI and Luke Mallinger 1. Zeb Storie drew 2 walks. For total bases Storie (1-2) notched 1, Cesar (3-3) 4, Swafford (4-4) 7, Kasey Watts (2-4) 3, Cox 8, Erik Kelly (2-4) 3, Sammy McKnight (1-2) 2, Neville (1 double) 2. Storie and Neville both pilfered 1 base.

The GCLL majors team will now open state play in Anchorage against the winner of Anchorage’s Abbott-O-Rabbit and Dimond West Little League championship on Sunday (late game score not available).

Crow Pass runners:

Eagle River update. According to Juneau runner John Nagel it was a muddy mess of a run at Saturday’s 29th annual Crow Pass Crossing. The 24-mile trek along the Crow Pass Trail, starting near Girdwood, to the Eagle River Nature Center has a total gradient of 5,959 feet with a peak elevation gain of 3,888 feet. Nagel finished 35th overall with a time of 4 hours, 2 minutes, and 48 seconds; a 20-minute time improvement from last year’s outing. Other Juneau runners included Kevin Sellers (60th, 4:26:25.5), Crystal Dooley (13th women, 5:03:57.9), and Jason Fellman (30th, 3:59:37.1). Completing the run under a day is pretty impressive for an afternoon. And, no, this is not an Empire Cup point’s race.

Anchorage’s Scott Patterson won the men’s title while Anchorage’s Kiersten Lippmann captured the women’s championship for the second straight year. Patterson, who posted a time of three hours, five minutes and 16.7 seconds, bested Seward’s Matthew Adams (3:08.38.4), who won the Mayor’s Marathon in June. Andrew Arnold (3:18.31.4) and Matias Saari (3:21.58.2) finished third and fourth, respectively. Lippmann, a former two-sport standout at UAA, won the women’s race in 3:40.28. Lippmann became the first woman to win two titles in the last 15 years. Taking second was Najeeby Quinn (3:43.13.6) and Kinsey Apperson (3:59.13.8) took third. See complete results on B2.

Juneau Juniors take giant step:

The Gastineau Channel Little League Juniors (13-14 year old) Division All-Stars opened state championship play on Sunday in Anchorage against Abbott-O-Rabbit Little League with a 2-1 win. Jared Markovich started on the mound, throwing 84 pitches with 54 strikes in seven innings and striking out nine batters. Markovich also helped his own cause by hitting a homerun and a triple and securing the team’s 2 RBIs. Markovich, Matt Cunningham and Guy Bean all drew walks in the game. The Juniors play game two today at 6:30 p.m.

The GCLL are Alex Muir, Jake Tanner, Kaleb Tompkins, Finn Collins, Devon Williams, Tim Christensen, Matt Cunningham, Brendan Pietz, Mo Bullock, Guy Bean, Grant Ainsworth, and Jared Markovich. Anchorage’s Abbott-O-Rabbit Little League All-Stars are Toby Allred, Max Costello, Julito Fazzini, Matthew Hoefler, William Homza, Parker Johnson, Matt Kley, Thomas Koloski, Anthony Maldonado, Trever McGinnis, Jordan Moore, Jake Swenson, and Vinay Talwar.

Golf News, Hole In One:

Juneau’s Greg Winegar aced the 5th hole with a 9-iron during the regular Sunday morning best ball scramble at the Mendenhall Golf Course on July 15th. Hole 5 is 125-yards. Winegar was teamed with Mike Strasser, Jeff Bush and Murray Couzin. The hole-in-one was witnesed by all the teams on holes 5,6 and 7 which made for an exciting morning of golf.

The Juneau Soccer Club 98 boys Tsunami is down in Oregon mixing in some tournaments a friendlies over the next 11 days. The team is: Elias Antaya, Dante Bonaccorso, James Cheng, Taylor Dallas, Obadiah Dawson, Isaiah Fernandez, Jonah Fisher, Ben Garrett, Oswaldo Magallanes,

Corbin Mitchell, Ryan Moritz, Hunter Pegues, Treyson Ramos, Anton Rieselbach, Jon Scudder, Duncan Smith, and Ashu Tingley.

They just started the Westside Timbers Tournament on Friday, losing a close game to Federal Way 1-0. According to coaches the team started off a bit shaky and put in an own goal in the first five minutes. They settled down and had the run of the play for most of the match after that, unfortunately missing a Penalty Kick, hit a few posts and crossbars and missed a sitter later in the match. On Saturday afternoon they played one of the host tournament teams and won 3-1. Corbin Mitchell scored by doing sort of a bicycle kick (it bounced on the turf, he had his back to goal so he dropped and flicked over himself and through to goal). Ashu Tingley scored the second goal by dribbling in through traffic from the top of the box. Ashu scored a PK a few minutes later (Mitchell was taken down in the box). The team gave up a goal with five seconds to go in the match. The team is currently tied for second in their bracket. Each team in our bracket has one more match to play to determine who advances to the semis and who goes to consolation. After that tournament the team will drive to Bend for the week and play a few friendlies against the Oregon Rush, then up to Portland for another tournament in the Lake Oswego Nike Cup. Nine games in 11 days, plus they hope to take in a professional MLS match.


On this date in 2011 the Seattle Mariners tie the 1992 franchise record for consecutive defeats by losing to the Red Sox at Fenway Park, 3-1. Seattle’s 14th straight loss results in Boston’s skipper Terry Francona’s 1,000th win as a major league manager.

Sports Quote:

“If you set a goal for yourself and are able to achieve it, you have won your race. Your goal can be to come in first, to improve your performance, or just finish the race it’s up to you.” Dave Scott, American tri-athlete and six-time Ironman World Champion.

On This Date In Baseball History, July 23:

1925 — Lou Gehrig hit the first of his major league record 23 grand slams in the New York Yankees’ 11-7 triumph over the Washington Senators.

1925 - In a Class C Western Association minor league game against the Topeka Jayhawks, Paul Richards of the Muskogee Chiefs is summoned from his shortstop position to pitch. The future major league player and manager throws with both hands during his brief appearance on the mound, including an unusual confrontation with a switch-hitter, that briefly results in both the pitcher and the batter continually swapping hands and batter’s boxes respectively, until the ambidextrous hurler becomes a left-hander and right-hander on alternate pitches, regardless of where the batter places himself.

1930 — Pie Traynor won both ends of a doubleheader for the Pittsburgh Pirates with home runs. Traynor homered in the ninth in the first game and connected in the 13th in the second.

1939 - Using yellow dyed balls, the Cardinals beat the Dodgers 5-2 at Sportsman’s Park. The experimenting with use of the color sphere, which is designed to make the ball easier to see for the players and the fans, started in Brooklyn last week and will be tested once more, in a September game played at Wrigley Field.

1939 - In a 16-3 Tigers rout at Briggs Stadium, A’s catcher Harry O’Neill appears in his only major league game. In 1945, the 22-year old backstop will die in combat on Iwo Jima becoming one of only two big leaguers to be killed in World War II.

1944 — Bill Nicholson of the Chicago Cubs hit four home runs in a doubleheader split with the New York Giants. Nicholson hit a home run in the opener, which the Cubs won 7-4. He hit three straight in the second game, but the Giants won 12-10. In that game, Nicholson was walked with the bases loaded in the seventh inning.

1960 - Jimmy Piersall is ejected for the sixth time this season after ignoring the home plate umpire’s warning to stop running around the outfield with his arms raised during Ted Williams’ plate appearance. The Indians’ center fielder, who charges the umpire after being tossed from the game and has to be restrained by teammates, was guilty of trying to distract the batter from the field which is forbidden by the rule book. 1964 — Bert Campaneris of Kansas City hit two home runs in his first major league game. He homered on the first pitch off Minnesota’s Jim Kaat, and then connected again in the seventh to lift the Athletics to a 4-3 win.

1962 - Jackie Robinson becomes the first black player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Joining the Dodger infielder in the Cooperstown ceremony are fireballer Bob Feller, veteran manager Bill McKechnie, and outfielder Ed Roush.

1964 - Kansas City’s Bert Campaneris homers off Twins’ Jim Kaat on the first major league pitch he ever sees. The A’s rookie shortstop homers again in the seventh.

1965 - In a 5-1 win over the Mets, Phillies’ first baseman Dick Stuart homers at Shea Stadium becoming the first player to have gone deep in 23 major league ballparks.

1969 - At Washington’s RFK Stadium, the National League scores early and often to coast to an easy 9-3 victory over the AL in the 40th All-Star game. Cardinals’ right-hander Steve Carlton, the starting and winning pitcher, hits a double in third inning off Blue Moon Odom to become the last hurler to get an extra-base hit in a Mid-Summer Classic contest.

1974 — Write-in starter Steve Garvey of the Los Angeles Dodgers singled and doubled to lead the NL to a 7-2 victory over the AL in the All-Star game at Pittsburgh.

1974 - In a surprise statement after the All-Star game played in Pittsburgh, Hank Aaron, who had indicated on many occasions that he had no interest in the position, let it be known he would accept a Braves’ offer to manage the team “simply because their are no blacks managers in baseball.” The superstar’s comments creates an awkward situation the next day when Atlanta announces it has hired Clyde King to replace Eddie Mathews, who was fired three days ago

1975 - At Three Rivers Stadium, Frank Taveras is picked off first base in an unusual play. After getting a big lead, to get a good jump on a sac bunt, the Pirates shortstop is picked off when the catcher throws the ball to first base with the Phillies right fielder Jay Johnstone covering the base to complete 2-9 play.

1976 - Tying an American League record, Orioles outfielder Reggie Jackson hits a home run in six consecutive games. The round tripper does not help when the Birds bow to the Brewers in Baltimore, 4-3.

1976 - Joining Babe Ruth and Henry Aaron, Sadaharu Oh becomes the third professional to hit 700 home runs. The 33-year old Yomiuri Giants’ slugger, who will finish his career with his 868 career homers, is first player to accomplish the feat in Japan.

1985 - Oddibe McDowell becomes the first Ranger player to hit for the cycle. His seventh inning home run completes the unique event, but the center fielder adds another round tripper in the following frame when Texas beats the Indians at Arlington Stadium, 8-4.

1984 — Kansas City’s Dan Quisenberry registered his 200th career save as the Royals beat the New York Yankees 5-2. Quisenberry reached the 200-save plateau in his 409th appearance, the quickest in major league history.

2000 - Joining his grandfather and his father, Reds’ third baseman Mike Bell becomes part of the first three-generation family to play for the same team. Gus played for Cincinnati from 1953 to 1961 and his son spent the 1987-88 seasons in the Queen City.

2000 - The Astros hit four homers in one inning off Cardinal hurler Andy Benes tying the major league record for round-trippers allowed by one pitcher in a single frame. The second inning uprising helps Houston set a team record for homers in one inning and ties a team record with six big flies for the game.

2000 - After rejecting a trade to the Mets, Reds’ All-Star shortstop Barry Larkin agrees three-year, $27 million contract extension that will keep him Cincinnati until 2003.

2000 - The Big Red Machine rolls into Cooperstown delivering first baseman Tony Perez, manager Sparky Anderson and Reds announcer Marty Brennaman into the Baseball Hall of Fame along with 1975 Red Sox World Series rival Carlton Fisk. Also enshrined are 19th century Cincinnati second baseman Bid McPhee and Negro League star ‘Turkey’ Stearnes.

2000 — Ryan Klesko hit a game-tying solo homer in the ninth inning and a two-run shot in the 10th to lift San Diego over Colorado 6-4.

2002 — Celebrating his 29th birthday by hitting three homers in Boston’s 22-4 rout of the Devil Rays, Nomar Garciaparra ties the major league record becoming the 26th player to hit five home runs in two games. It was Red Sox shortstop’s second three-homer game, having accomplished the feat against the Mariners on May 10, 1999. Nomar Garciaparra establishes the record for consecutive home runs in the shortest time in terms of innings. In a 22-4 rout of the Devil Rays at Fenway Park, the Red Sox shortstop homers three times in two frames - two two-run homers in the second and a grand slam in the third.

2005 - At SBC Park, uniform number 36 is added to the second deck of the left field bleachers joining nine others as the Giants honor Gaylord Perry. The Hall of Famer, who won 134 of his 314 career victories with San Francisco, remembers his 37-year old son, Jack, who died last month of complications from leukemia.

2006 - In a 3-1 victory over the Indians at Jacobs Field, Francisco Liriano and four Twins relievers establish a club record with 17 strikeouts in a nine-inning game. The Minnesota starter reached double-digit whiffs (10) for the third time this season with Pat Neshek, Dennys Reyes, Juan Rincon and Joe Nathan adding seven more punch-outs over the last four innings.

2006 - Adrián Beltré hits the first inside-the-park home run in the eight-year history of Safeco Field. The eighth-inning blast to centerfield comes off Mike Timlin in the Mariners’ 9-8 victory over Boston.

2007 — Alex Rodriguez singled home Johnny Damon in the ninth inning of the New York Yankees’ 9-2 win over Kansas City to become the first player to reach 100 RBIs this season and the first player to reach the milestone in fewer than 100 team games since Manny Ramirez in 1999. The last Yankees to do it were Joe DiMaggio and Lou Gehrig in 1937.

2008 - In a slugfest at Angels Stadium, Los Angeles collects a season-high 19 hits beating the Indians, 14-11. The hit parade is lead by Howie Kendrick (4), Jeff Mathis (4), and Casey Kotchman (5) making it the first time in franchise history three different players have had four or more hits in the same game.

2009 — Mark Buehrle pitched the 18th perfect game in major league history, a 5-0 win over Tampa Bay. It was the first since Randy Johnson’s on May 18, 2004. Buehrle threw 76 of 116 pitches for strikes and fanned six in his second no-hitter — the first coming on April 18, 2007, against Texas.

2010 — Arizona’s Kelly Johnson hit for the cycle but it wasn’t enough to overcome three costly Diamondback errors. Johnson, the third major league player to hit for the cycle this season, hit a solo home run in the first, doubled in the fifth and tripled in two runs when the Diamondbacks took a 4-3 lead in the sixth. He completed the feat with a line-drive single in the eighth.

2011 - For the first time in the 50-year history of the franchise, the Mets compile a 50-50 won-loss record after playing one hundred games. New York achieves the dubious distinction when they lose in Florida, 8-5.

2011 — Boston’s Terry Francona earned his 1,000th win as a major league manager, the 57th to reach that milestone, and the eighth still active. The Red Sox beat Seattle 3-1, sending the Mariners to their club record-tying 14th consecutive loss.

Today’s birthdays: Andrew Carignan 26; Joe Mather 30.


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