Juneau’s Gastineau Channel Little League Majors Softball All-Star pitcher Leah Spargo held Anchorage’s City View Little League All-Stars hitless in a mercy rule 13-0 win on Thursday at the Little League State Tournament in Anchorage.
Spargo threw just 60 pitches, 33 for strikes, and struck out 7 batters (two in each of the first three innings) while walking just 3 as Juneau won the first game in their rematch best-of-five series with City View, who defeated Juneau last season for the state title.
“I feel like I did really good,” Spargo said. “I think they (City View) were a little bit surprised. but it was awesome. I have learned a lot over the last year and have been able to direct my pitches to the catcher’s mitt better. And I picked up a lot of speed. They are probably going to play a lot harder tomorrow but we are all prepared for it.”
City View was surprised, stunned, and shocked as Spargo and the Juneau defense limited any opportunities for their opponents.
Juneau put up 13 runs in the first three innings, including a three-run home run by Spargo in the first inning.
“Spargo was definitely the star of the game,” Juneau manager Scott Balovich said. “She was throwing gas out there today and City View was a little overwhelmed. We came out hot offensively and then we turned around and made some pretty stellar defensive plays to stop any sort of answer.”
Two plays stopped City View rallies.
In the first inning catcher Morgan Balovich gunned down a runner stealing third base and Rachel Macauley made an outstanding fielding play of a line drive at third base to end a City View rally in the fourth and final inning.
Spargo went 1-2 with 4 RBI and 2 Runs Scored, Maranda Markovich was 2-3 (3 RBI, 1 RS), Maxie Saceda-Hurt 1-3 (2 RBI, 2 RS), Balovich (2 RS, 2 BB), Peyton Harp (1 RS) and Kyra Jenkins (1RS) all had 1 RBI, Abby Meiners (1 RS, 2 BB) Megan Dallas 3 RS.
“It was fantastic,” Balovich said. “We are pretty happy to get that first win.”
Game two of the Majors (11-12 year-olds) state tournament is tonight at 6:30 p.m.
In other All-Star action the GCLL Minors (9-10 year olds) lost 10-4 to Dimond West in the state tournament. They have a 2 win and 1 loss record to date and play today against Palmer.