The Gastineau Channel Little League has selected 63 youth ball players to represent Juneau in post-season tournament play. The players compose five All Star teams, two from softball and three from baseball, and have begun practices for tournaments held around Alaska in July.
Softball All Stars will travel to Anchorage for the state championship tournament, and baseball All Stars to Sitka, Wrangell, and Ketchikan for district level competitions.
Teams that win tournaments will advance to the next level of competition towards the Little League World Series.
All Stars teams are comprised of players with excellent skill and sportsmanship. A volunteer manager and two volunteer coaches will lead each team. Athletes are chosen for upper division teams by a private balloting process. Players select the first five team members, coaches select the second five players, and the All Star team manager picks the final 2 or 3 team members. Players in AAA Minor baseball earn a spot on the All Star team based on their performance at a competitive tryout process. Each player pays a fee to participate in All Stars, supplemented by funds earned by the GCLL.
The 2013 GCLL All Star teams, managers, and members include:
Juniors Softball - Manager Jun Maiquis, players Quincy Bates, Taylor Beardslee, Amanda Bicknell, Haleigh DiCarlo, Alondra Echiverri, Sami Good, Makayla Harp, Jordan Harris, Erika Holst, Sophie Hultberg, Maddie Johnson, and Erica Maiquis.
Majors Softball - Manager Scott Balovich, players Megan Dallas, Peyton Harp, Skylar Hickok, Maxie Saceda-Hurt, Morgan Balovich, Maranda Markovich, Rachel Macaulay, Kyra Jenkins, Leah Spargo, Abby Meiners, Nina Fenumiai, and Mia Loree
Juniors Baseball - Manager Joe Tompkins, players Michael Cesar, Steven Cole, Jacob Dale, Antonio DeAsis, Trevor Fiscus, Elliot Gifford, Quin Gist, Erik Kelly, Luke Mallinger, Donavin McCurley, Sammy McKinght, Corbin Neville, and Christian Schenker. Also selected but unavailable to participate – Sam Hall and Shafer Suzuki.
Majors Baseball - Manager Bob Cox, players William Carver, Bobby Cox, Riley Griffin, Kolby Hoover, Will Hoover, Brandt Hultberg, Garrett Johns, Jake Johnson, Aaron King, Logan Lesmann, Brennon Ludeman, Luis Mojica, and Gabe Storie.
AAA Baseball - Manager Gilbert Mendoza, players Eric Dobson, Bryson Echiverri, Garrett Gleaton, Matthew Johns, Steffen Jones, Christian Ludeman, Brock McCormick, Roy McCurley, Oliver Mendoza, Gavin Millard, Isaish Nelson, Nathan Renkes, and Cody Requa.
The 2013 Little League Baseball Alaska District 2 All-Star Tournaments are:
MAJOR Softball - State July 11-16, @ Anchorage / Regionals July 20-26 @ San Bernardino, CA. / World Series Aug. 8-14 @ Portland, OR.
JUNIOR Softball - State July 24-29, @ Anchorage / Regional Aug 1-8 @ Tucson, AR. / World Series Aug 11-17 @ Kirkland, WA.
9-10 Baseball - District July 12-15 @ Ketchikan / no further tourneys.
MAJOR Baseball - District July 14-21 @ Wrangell / State July 24-29 @ Wrangell / Regional Aug. 2-10 @ San Bernardino, CA / World Series Aug. 15-25 @ Williamsports, PA.
JUNIOR Baseball - District July 15-20 @ Sitka / State July 23-28 @ Sitka / Regional July 31-Aug. 7 @ Vancouver, WA / World Series Aug. 11-17 @ Taylor, MI.
SENIOR Baseball - District July 15-20 @ Ketchikan / State July 23-28 @ Ketchikan / Regional July 31-Aug.7 @ Ontario, CA / World Series Aug. 11-17 @ Bangor, ME.