Every year, a group of young Juneau athletes are selected to represent their community on the diamond.
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On Saturday, Miller Field in Juneau kicked off the Little League All Star season by hosting the first round of games in the Alaska District 2 Little League Minor Baseball championships. The winner moves on to the state championships.
Juneau East, Juneau West, Sitka, Ketchikan, Petersburg and Prince of Wales will compete in a round-robin format starting a 1 p.m. today through Wednesday with a home run derby on Wednesday at 6 p.m.
Semifinals will take place starting at 3:30 p.m. Thursday with the final at 6 p.m. Friday.
In all, the Gastineau Channel Little League will have eight baseball and softball teams compete in various postseason tournaments.
Every summer thousands of local Little League organizations throughout the world send All Star squads to play. Each one is eligible to compete for a shot at the Little League World Series.
Little League's most popular World Series is the nationally televised one for major baseball players, ages 11-12, in Williamsport, Pa. However, there are World Series events for junior and senior baseball and softball teams as well as major softball teams.
GCLL softball coming soon
The Gastineau Channel Little League's Major and Junior Softball All Star teams do not start play until later this month.
Neither team will compete in the district round, instead going directly to the state championships in late July.
The Alaska Major Softball Tournament will take place July 21-24 in Anchorage, followed by the Junior Softball state championships July 26-29 in Anchorage.
Therefore no team pictures have been taken yet.
The Juneau Empire will run photos of the GCLL Softball All Star teams later this month in a similar format.
Also, color photographs of these teams can be seen online at www.juneauempire.com/sports/.