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Juneau Junior All-Stars one win from state title!


The Gastineau Channel Little League Junior (13-14) All-Star baseball team is just one win from a state championship and a nice summer vacation down south.

The Juniors followed Sunday’s 2-1 victory over Abbott-O-Rabbit with a 7-2 win on Monday in the Alaska State Juniors All Star Baseball Tournament at Anchorage.

With a day of rest on Tuesday, today’s 6:30 p.m. contest could result in a sweep of the best three-out-of-five game series for Juneau.

Monday saw Jake Tanner start the game on the mound, throwing 50 pitches, 32 for strikes. Tanner pitched into the third inning with a 1-0 lead but gave up two runs.

Tim Christensen came on in the middle of the third and registered a strikeout and forced a fly out to Jared Markovich and ground out to Brendan Pietz on first to get out of the inning.

Christensen threw 35 pitches in the game, 21 for strikes, and earned the win as Juneau got hot at the plate in the top of the fifth inning. Grant Ainsworth doubled to center and scored on a Markovich double. Devon Williams reached base and Tanner was hit by a pitch.

Christensen then helped his own cause with a fielder’s choice scoring Williams and Tanner would score on a play on Christensen at second base.

Juneau led 4-2 into the top of the sixth and added three more runs.

Alex Muir and Matt Cunningham were hit by pitches to lead off the sixth and were advanced by a Tanner single, scoring Muir. Christensen singled scoring Cunningham and Tanner scored on a throwing error.

Cunningham came in for relief duties in the bottom of the sixth to finish out the game, throwing 25 pitches with 13 strikes.

Christensen was 1-4 with 3 RBIs and 1 Run Scored at the plate to lead Juneau. Tanner went 2-3 with 1 RBI and 2 RS. Markovich was 2-4 with 1 RBI.

Juneau Majors open state tournament play today!

The Gastineau Channel Little League Major (11-12) All Star Baseball team begins state tournament play in Anchorage today in a best-of-five game series against Anchorage’s Dimond-West Little League.

On This Date In Baseball History, July 25:

1890 - In his last minor league appearance, 23-year old Cy Young strikes out 18 batters en route to a tossing no-hitter in a Tri-State contest against McKeesport (PA). The right-hander will amass a record 511 victories during his 22-year Hall of Fame career.

1918 — Walter Johnson of the Washington Senators pitched a four-hitter in 15 innings to beat the St. Louis Browns 1-0. The only hit off him in the first 11 innings was a triple by George Sisler.

1930 — The Philadelphia Athletics came up with a triple steal in the first inning and again in the fourth against the Cleveland Indians and win the game 14-2.

1939 — Atley Donald of the New York Yankees set a rookie pitching record in the AL when he registered his 12th consecutive victory since May 9, with a 5-1 victory over the St. Louis Browns.

1941 — Lefty Grove of the Boston Red Sox won his 300th and last game, beating the Cleveland Indians 10-6.

1955 - Joe DiMaggio, who retired after 13 seasons with the Yankees with a .325 batting average, is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. The ‘Greatest Living Ballplayer’, a title officially bestowed on ‘Joltin’ Joe’ in 1969 by MLB, is elected by the writers in his fourth year on the ballot.

1956 - At Forbes Field, Roberto Clemente’s inside-the-park walk-off grand slam off Jim Bronson gives the Pirates a dramatic come-from-behind 9-8 victory over the Cubs. Chicago, scoring seven runs in the eighth and another in the ninth, had rallied from a four-run deficit to take the lead late into the game.

1961 — En route to his 61-homer season, Roger Maris of the New York Yankees hit four homers against the Chicago White Sox in a doubleheader to give him 40 for the year. The Yankees took both games, 5-1 and 12-0, and Maris moved 25 games ahead of Babe Ruth’s 1927 pace.

1962 — Stan Musial of St. Louis became the all-time RBI leader in the NL. His two-run home run, in a 5-2 loss to Los Angeles, gave him 1,862 RBIs, passing Mel Ott.

1966 - Red Sox great Ted Williams is inducted into the Hall of Fame. In his induction speech the ‘Splendid Splinter’ makes a strong appeal for the inclusion of Negro League stars at Cooperstown.

1972 - The National League wins the All Star game in Atlanta 3-2 thanks to Joe Morgan’s single in the 10th inning. The Reds second baseman scores Nate Colbert of the Padres in the bottom of the tenth inning to give the National League a 4-3 walk-off All-Star game victory over the Junior Circuit. The NL has won all seven of the extra-inning Mid-Summer Classics contests.

1974 - In his managerial debut with the club, Clyde King guides the Braves to a 1-0 extra-inning victory over San Diego. The former Giant skipper, who replaced the recently dismissed Eddie Matthews, will finish the season with a 38-25 record, but will be fired in August next year with his club mired in fifth place in the NL West.

1978 — Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds singled to left off New York’s Craig Swan in the third inning to set a NL record of hitting safely in 38 consecutive games. The Mets won the game 9-2.

1978 - In a 3-2 Giants victory over the Cardinals at Candlestick Park, Jack Clark establishes a franchise record hitting safely in 26 straight games. The San Francisco right fielder’s fourth inning double off Bob Forsch keeps his consecutive games hitting streak intact.

1980 - Mike Schmidt becomes the all-time Phillies’ home run leader passing Del Ennis as he hits his 261st round tripper.1991 — Seattle’s Jay Buhner hit a 479-foot homer over the left-field bullpen at Yankee Stadium.

1988 - The Cubs test their $5 million lighting system prior to their historic first night game at Wrigley Field scheduled for August 8th against the Phillies. Six banks of lights on 33-foot steel towers along the first base and third-base baselines illuminate the field during the charity event in which players take batting practice and participate in a home run derby.

1990 - Following his first-inning single, a triple in the third, and a fifth frame two-bagger, George Brett hits a lead-off homer in the seventh to complete the cycle in the Royals’ 6-1 victory over Toronto at the Sky Dome. The Kansas City third baseman, who will retire with a lifetime .305 batting average, also accomplished the rare feat against Baltimore in 1979.1996 — Bruce Ruffin of the Colorado Rockies struck out four batters in one inning. It was only the 25th time in major league history four batters struck out in one inning.

1999 - Nolan Ryan, Robin Yount, George Brett, Nestor Chylak, Orlando Cepeda, Frank Selee and ‘Smokey’ Joe Williams are enshrined in the Hall of Fame.

2004 - Paul Molitor, a member of the 3,000 hit club, and Dennis Eckersley, who appeared in the most games of any Hall of Fame pitcher (1,071 games) are inducted into the Hall of Fame. Long time Bay Area (A’s and Giants) broadcaster Lon Simmons wins the Ford C. Frick Award and the J.G. Taylor Spink Award is won by New York Times’ Murray Chass enabling both to become members of the Hall for their outstanding reporting of the national pastime.

2010 - Andre Dawson, an outfielder with the Expos and Cubs, becomes the 203rd player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Joining ‘Hawk’ in Copperstown are former manager Whitey Herzog, major league ump Doug Harvey, broadcaster Jon Miller and baseball writer Bill Madden. The Hall of Fame honors John Fogerty, for his classic song “Centerfield”. At the induction ceremonies, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer performs his 1985 hit, and then donates his baseball bat shaped-guitar to the Cooperstown museum.

2010 - Chris Coghlan seriously injures himself when he tries to smash a shaving-cream pie in Wes Helms’s face after his teammate hit a single to give the Marlins a 5-4 walk-off victory over Atlanta. The 2009 NL Rookie of the Year will go on the disabled list with a torn meniscus in his left knee, and will miss the remainder of the season.

2011 - Michael Cuddyer becomes the first Twins’ position player to pitch since outfielder John Moses hurled against California in 1990. Moving from right field to the mound in the eighth inning, the starting first baseman gives up a double to Mike Napoli, a single to Mitch Moreland, and after Eric Chavez grounds out, the right-hander walks Ian Kinsler to load the bases, but then gets Elvis Andrus to fly out and David Murphy to pop-up for a scoreless frame in the 20-6 loss in Texas.

Today’s birthdays: Alex Presley 27; Santiago Casilla 32; Guillermo Mota 39.


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