Juneau’s Gastineau Channel All-Stars showed no mercy in a 10-0 win over Ketchikan in the Little League Juniors District Tournament at Ketchikan on Wednesday.
Juneau scored five runs in the bottom of the first inning, four in the second and a single run in the fourth in a game shortened by the 10-run mercy rule.
“The games have been going late,” coach Dave Cesar said, “but the kids are playing hard each day.”
Juneau’s Bryce Swofford went all five innings on the mound, throwing 71 pitches with 23 total balls, allowing just one hit and striking out nine batters.
Ketchikan used three on the rubber with Cody Kemble starting for one inning (32 P, 16 TB, 3 H, 7 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K), Michael Starr going 1.1 inning (26 P, 16 TB, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K) and Griffin Effenberger 1.2 innings (20 P, 8 TB, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER).
Donavin McCurley was 2-3 at the plate, with one run batted in and 2 runs scored. Swofford went 2-3 (2 RBI, 2 R), Michael Cesar 2-3 (2 RBI, 1 R), Jacob Dale 0-2 (2 R, 1 BB), Kasey Watts 1-2 (1 RBI), Corbin Neville 1-1 (1 R, 1 BB), Sammy McKnight 0-0 (2 R, 2 BB), Owen Medoza and Luke Mallinger had one RBI apiece.
“We can’t say too much right now,” manager Joe Tompkins said. “We won 10-0. We have another game tomorrow.”
In the first inning, Dale reached on an error, McCurley singled Dale in and scored on an error, McKnight walked, Swofford reached on an error scoring McKnight, Watts sacrificed in Swofford, Cesar singled and Mallinger sacrificed in Cesar.
In the second inning Neville singled, Dale walked, McKnight walked, Swofford doubled in Neville and Dale, Cesar singled in McKnight and Swofford.
In the bottom of the fourth, McCurley singled and scored on a Mendoza sacrifice fly.
Game two is today at 6 p.m. The winner of the series will travel to Anchorage for the state championships July 22-27.