The Juneau American Legion Post 25 Midnight Suns dropped two more games at the St. Martin's baseball tournament, losing 10-6 to the MVP's from Lacey, Wash., on Tuesday and 5-4 to the College Roundups on Wednesday.
Juneau was originally scheduled to play Puyallup, Wash., on Wednesday, but Puyallup pulled out of the tournament and the Midnight Suns played the Roundups, comprised of junior college and Division II players from the West Coast.
Juneau's pitching ace Will Nicholas shut down the Roundups for five innings, enabling the Midnight Suns to take a 4-0 lead heading into the sixth inning. That's when Nicholas got into some trouble, walking the bases loaded then giving up a base-clearing single to Bill Parthan to make it 4-3 after six innings.
Lapaka Pavitt came in to close in the seventh and walked the first batter, but struck out the next two. Pavitt walked another batter before the Roundups' catcher belted a double that scored both runners, giving the College Roundups the victory.
"I might have left Will (Nicholas) out there too long," head coach Jim Ayers said. "We have to learn and get better, though. We are playing better competition then I thought we would. I thought we would be playing only Legion teams, but his was a great experience and I'm really proud of the guys."
Nicholas struck out seven batters through six innings of work and Nick Wolf had two hits to lead the way for Juneau from the batter's box.
On Tuesday, the Midnight Suns played the MVP's for the third time on Juneau's current road trip and the result was the same as the other two games.
"It was a good game we should have won," Ayers said. "Everybody played good ball except for third base."
Zach Kohan, who played third despite feeling ill, coughed up three errors in a six-run fifth inning by the MVP's before being replaced by Wolf, who got another error in the inning.
Bruno Del Olmo started for the Midnight Suns and went four innings. Kalen Meek pitched a third of an inning in the fifth before Pavitt closed the game.
"We had five earned runs and they had four," Ayers said. "We should have won the game 6-4. They only had one earned run in that fifth inning."
Juneau's Joe Ayers had two hits and scored two runs on top of stealing four bases. Ayers also walked and was hit by a pitch while Garrett Schoenberger added a double.
Thursday was an off day in the St. Martin's tournament before three days of double elimination games start today. The Midnight Suns first opponent will be the Crushers Baseball Club at 11 a.m. If the Midnight Suns win, they play at the same Saturday, otherwise, they will play at 5 p.m. tonight.
"It's gonna be tough baseball, probably as tough as it gets around here," Jim Ayers said. "We're the youngest team here but if we can play with Division II college teams that we actually had beat, we don't have to worry."
Roundups 5, Midnight Suns 4
Wednesday's game at St. Martin's College
Midnight Suns 000 310 0 -- 4 6 1
College Roundups 000 003 2 -- 5 5 2
Nicholas, Pavitt (7) and Schoenberger; Simpson, Zeohler (6) and McGregor. WP -- Zoehler. LP -- Pavitt. 2B -- None. 3B -- None. HR -- None.
MVP's 10, Midnight Suns 6
Tuesday's game at St. Martin's College
Midnight Suns 100 040 1 -- 6 8 4
Lacey, Wash., MVP's 220 060 x -- 10 8 2
Del Olmo, Meek (5), Pavitt (5) and Schoenberger; Smith and Ocltjur. WP -- Smith. LP -- Del Olmo. 2B -- Juneau: Schoenberger; MVP's: Ocltjur. 3B -- Juneau: None; MVP's: Ocltjur. HR -- None.