Juneau West wins Rookie title

Posted: Tuesday, July 13, 2004

The Juneau West All-Stars beat Petersburg 19-2 in Monday's championship game to cap an undefeated run through the Southeast Alaska District 2 Rookie (age 9-10) Little League Baseball Tournament in Craig.

Juneau West posted a 5-0 record and never was threatened in the tournament. Juneau West, which was one of two Gastineau Channel Little League teams in the tournament, also beat Petersburg 9-2 in Sunday's round-robin pool play.

In Monday's third-place game, Sitka held off a late rally by Juneau East to claim a 13-11 victory. Sitka led 13-5 entering the sixth inning, but allowed Juneau East to score six two-out runs and put runners on second and third before escaping the jam.

In Juneau West's championship victory, lead-off hitter Christian Jacobsen went 4-for-5 with a double, three runs scored and three RBIs. Jacobsen's bases-loaded double in the top of the fifth inning capped off a 10-run inning that ended the game early because of the 10-run rule.

Garrett Frye and Lance Ibesate both went 3-for-5 for Juneau West, with Frye scoring three runs while Ibesate scored twice and had three RBIs. Josh Magnuson went 2-for-4 with two runs and four RBIs, while Zach Miller went 3-for-4 for his first hits of the tournament, scoring three runs and adding two RBIs.

Juneau West continued to use its team approach to pitching, as Ibesate, Frye and Zander Hoke combined on a three-hitter.

"It was a good, solid team effort. It was a good all-around tournament," Juneau West coach Steve Frye said. "These guys played with a lot of confidence. They knew they were going to put some runs up on the board."

In the third-place game, Juneau East had some shaky defense in the first inning that allowed Sitka to take a 9-0 lead on four errors. But Juneau East settled down and chipped back at Sitka's lead. It was still 13-5 with two outs in the sixth inning when Keith Andrews doubled for the first of six straight hits to start Juneau's rally, which came up just short.

"It was a nice rally, but we came up one hit short," Juneau East manager Brad Groghan said.

Matt Vandor pitched a complete game for Juneau East, plus he had two hits, three runs and two RBIs at the plate. Vandor hit .533 for the tournament. Garrett Jones, who hit .786 for the tourney, had three hits and two runs, while Kyle Gould added three hits and three runs for Juneau East.

Devan Romine led Sitka with three hits, including two doubles, and four runs, plus he was the winning pitcher. Tyler Stonebreaker also went 3-for-3 for Sitka with a run and a double.

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