One of the two losses on the resume of the 2012 Little League Junior Softball World Series champions was courtesy of the Gastineau Channel Little League.
That counts for something.
Good on us!
On Saturday Nunaka Valley won the World Series.
We simply have to look long and hard at the team that defeated GCLL in the best-of-five state championships at Melvin Park... look long and hard and give them their due.
They deserve to be World Champs.
They represented Alaska, the United States, and, yes, Juneau.
They have made history! At least I can’t find any mention of a little league World Series team from Alaska’s minor, major, junior or senior league’s with the world title.
They deserve a parade along every block in Anchorage!
No matter what some Internet Troll wrote in an earlier brief I had written.
Leave the girls alone! Richard Hill is the World Series champs coach!
Yes, he rubs some the wrong way. Opposing coaches and fans do that.
Wasilla’s football fans were shouting for our cannon to be fired when they scored. Our fans shouted to point it at them.
Let the girls play and keep playing and win a couple high school championships if they can.
The Nunaka Valley girls went 16-2 this summer.
They are the first Alaska little league team to win a World Series.
They won district and Alaska titles.
They won four straight games in the Tucson, Arizona, heat and sun of the West Regions.
They went 5-1 in the World Series at Kirkland, Washington.
In the semifinals they beat host Kirkland 9-2.
And on Saturday they topped Victoria, British Columbia, 6-2.
Victoria has been to three straight World Series tournaments.
The next time these girls play Canada? Could be the Olympics in my opinion.
Lauren Syrup threw a complete game, Jacynne Augafa blocked the plate to tag out a runner late in the game, Morgan Hill hit a single to score the first run, Leilani Blair commanded third base, Taria Page dominated shortstop play and Felila Manu tracked down a long fly ball with runners on base to end the seventh and final inning.
Does all that sound familiar?
It should. That is how they played against us.
And that is how we will get better.
Don’t be pissing off Page, Syrup, Hannah Peterson, Hill and Augafa. Those five have now advanced to age group World Series’ three times in four years, with the name Nunaka Valley written across their uniforms.
Don’t give them another reason to practice harder and longer in the off seasons.
Instead, give them their due.
They will already be practicing harder and longer for the school season.
And so will we.
We will have our chance again next year... if we don’t get to them first in the state high school championships.
The 2012 Little League Junior (age 12-14) Softball World Series champions are: Sierra Rosenzweig, Leilani Blair, Taria Page, Felila Manu, Hannah Peterson, Teighlor Rardon, Lauren Syrup, Morgan Hill, Nanea Tali, Jacynne Augafa, Alexis Joubert, Ashton Jessee, Richard Hill, Rick Peterson, and Sean Syrup.