In every boys mind is that thought of playing on national television in the Little League World Series. It is in the minds of adults too.
“The boys aren’t nervous at all right now,” Alaska manager Spencer Storie said. “They are all in the pool having fun.”
Poolside temperatures at San Bernardino, California were over 100-degrees according to Storie.
Team Alaska was enjoying a day off after Monday’s tough 4-0 loss to Oregon in 109-degree temperatures.
“We had an early batting practice,” Storie said. “We will hopefully win against Montana and just take it from there.”
With only a half-dozen hits in their last two games the boys are looking for their spark to return.
“Luckily our defense and pitching has really kept us in these games,” Storie said. “A lot of these team play 20 games to get to this point. We played eight and none were really that close.”
The Gastineau Channel Little League Major All Stars have a strong possibility of being seen live on ESPN or ESPN2 tomorrow in the semifinals of the Little League Northwest Regional Baseball Tournament.
First they will have to win today’s 10:30 a.m. game against Montana, a team that beat Oregon 6-5 on Tuesday.
“No body expected Montana to beat Oregon,” coach David Cesar said. “Our boys have got to bring their bats, they have got to hit if we are going to advance.”
Standings going into today’s final round robin games are Washington 4-0, Oregon 2-2, Idaho 2-1, Alaska 1-2, Montana 1-2, and Wyoming 0-3. Today’s games are Idaho against Wyoming and Alaska meeting Montana. The top four teams begin semifinal televised action on Thursday.
Alaska has had just two bad innings in the regional tournament, but both cost them a game. Not bad for being on the road, away from home, for at least a month.
Following are your Juneau, Alaska, GCLL Major All Stars (name, number, position and favorite professional player):
Michael Cesar (10), catcher, Chase Utley of the Philadelphia Phillies.
Robert Cox (18), right field, Babe Ruth the “Sultan of Swat”, the “Bambino”, of the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees and Boston Braves.
Jacob Dale (13, second/third base, Ichiro Suzuki of the New York Yankees.
Erik Kelly (3), pitcher/center field, Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals.
Luke Mallinger (4), pitcher/left field, Matt Holliday of the St. Louis Cardinals.
Donavin McCurley (7),utility infield/outfield, Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers.
Sammy McKnight (17), third base/pitcher, Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers.
Corbin Neville (2), outfielder, Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners.
Franklin San Nicholas (20), third base, Albert Pujols of the Los Angeles Angels.
Zeb Storie (9), infield/pitcher, Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals.
Bryce Swofford (19), shortstop/pitcher, Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals.
Kasey Watts (16), first base, David “Big Papi” Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox.
Coaches are David Cesar and Mike Kelly and manager is Spencer Storie.
The team has spent the majority of their time playing baseball and when not on the diamond they are in the swimming pool. They also went to a water park and enjoy going to watch the other teams play.
“Just watching the kids compete against these competitive kids from different regions is the best part,” Storie said. “Mostly just watching our kids grow as ball players. The kids have been trading little league pins with all the teams. They make a lot of friends here.”