The first five hitters in Juneau West's lineup continued to produce as they led the way to a 9-2 victory over Petersburg on Sunday on the last day of round-robin pool play in the Southeast Alaska District 2 Rookie (age 9-10) Little League Baseball Tournament in Craig.
The victory kept Juneau West (4-0) undefeated in the tournament and guaranteed the team a spot in today's noon championship game. Juneau West most likely will face Petersburg again for the title, but that depended on the result of Sunday's late game between Sitka and host Prince of Wales.
Juneau East, which beat Ketchikan 14-10 on Sunday, will face either Sitka, Ketchikan or Petersburg in today's 9 a.m. game for third place.
The matchups for today's two games depended on how many runs Sitka scored against Prince of Wales and how it played into a tie-breaker between teams with 2-2 records in round-robin pool play. Prince of Wales, which was 0-3 before Sunday's game with Sitka, was the only team already eliminated from today's two games. A POW loss to Sitka would have created a five-way tie between Juneau East, Haines (which already headed home), Ketchikan, Petersburg and Sitka.
Juneau West has been riding the top five spots of its batting order all tournament, and Sunday was no exception as (in batting order) Christian Jacobsen, Garrett Frye, Lance Ibesate, Ryan Kelly and Josh Magnuson combined for 11 hits, nine RBIs and eight runs.
Magnuson was a perfect 3-for-3 with a double and four RBIs, while the other four hitters each went 2-for-3. Ibesate had three RBIs and scored three runs, Jacobsen scored three times, Frye scored twice and Kelly had two RBIs.
Juneau West continued to use the team approach to its pitching as Frye, Magnuson, Kelly and Jacobsen each saw action on the mound. So far no Juneau West pitcher has gone more than three innings in any game. Juneau West also turned four double plays.
Matt Vandor hit four doubles, including two in the sixth inning, as Juneau East rallied from an 8-6 deficit to beat Ketchikan. Vandor had five RBIs and scored twice to lead Juneau East's offense.
Also shining at the plate for Juneau East were Kyle Gould, who went 2-for-3 with three runs, and Alexander Mathison, who hit a two-run pinch-hit double in the fourth inning. Garrett Jones scored three times for Juneau East.