Juneau West, Sitka advance to title game

Sitka defeats Ketchikan, Juneau West nips Juneau East in semifinal round

Posted: Friday, July 13, 2007

Sitka and Juneau West both advanced to the Alaska District 2 Little League Minor Baseball Tournament championship game on Thursday at Miller Field.

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The two teams will play at

6 p.m. today for the district championship.

In the all-Juneau semifinal, Juneau West's Dennis Barril broke a 3-3 tie with an RBI single in the fourth. Collin Ludeman scored on Barril's hit.

Juneau West went up 2-0 in the first innings as R.J. Markovich drove in Jack Withington with an RBI triple. Markovich later scored off Ludeman's single.

Adam Empson scored Juneau West's third run in the second inning.

Juneau East scored all three of its runs in the second inning. Jared Markovich singled and scored and Tristan Forrest drove in Kaleb Tompkins and Jacob Macaulay with a two-run single.

Ludeman got the pitching win for Juneau West as Jacob Thibodeau and R.J. Markovich pitched in relief.

For Juneau East, Jared Markovich and Grant Ainsworth pitched.

In Thursday's first semifinal, Sitka's Joey Inman went 3-for-3 with a triple, three runs scored and five RBIs in a 14-0 win over Ketchikan.

A.J. Inman scored three runs and had a RBI in the win while pitcher P.J. Sanchez needed just 33 pitches to throw a one-hitter.

Sitka's defense played an error-free game in the win.

For Ketchikan, Ned Day singled for his team's lone hit. Day and Kadin Hallstrom pitched in the loss.

On Wednesday, Juneau West rallied from a five-run deficit to beat Juneau East 13-11.

Juneau West pitcher Shane Mielke induced to ground-out and struck out a batter in the bottom of the sixth to seal the win.

Jack Withington led Juneau West with three runs scored, R.J. Markovich and Jasper MacNaughton scored two runs each while Curtis Stickler, Mielke, Devin Williams, Ben Scudder, Adam Empson and Jacob Bicknell rounded out the scoring in the win.

Nike Stewart led Juneau East with four runs scored, two walks and a hit. Grant Ainsworth, Kaleb Tompkins, Jared Markovich, Ryan Hoover, Colton Womack, Henry Prussing and Michael Dale each scored in defeat.

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Alaska District 2 Minor Baseball Tournament title game

Who? Juneau West (5-1) vs. Sitka (5-1).

When? 6 p.m. tonight.

Where? Miller Field, behind Glacier Valley School.

What's at stake? This is the final game for the 9-10 year old baseball players this season. Southeast Alaska declined to participate in the state tournament this year.

Petersburg scored the upset of the day Wednesday with a 10-7 win over previously undefeated Sitka.

Petersburg led 10-1 in the sixth and withstood a furious rally from a game Sitka team to win. Up 10-7 with no outs, Petersburg relief pitcher Kayin McCay entered the game and got three straight groundouts to shortstop Jared Volk to seal the victory.

Volk went 3-for-4 with a double for Petersburg. Vince Kowalski went 2-for-2 with two runs scored, Zach Bray and Colby Bell each singled and scored while Ethan Bryner and Aaron Murphy scored two runs each.

Will Fenner, A.J. Inman, Louis Belley, P.J. Sanchez and Evan Arthur scored one run each while Joey Inman touched home twice for Sitka.

Ketchikan held off a tough Prince of Wales squad 15-12 on Wednesday to advance to the semifinals.

A three-run triple by Steven Beedles in the sixth put Ketchikan over the top.

Alex Pihl went 1-for-3 with two RBIs, Elijah Singstad went 2-for-5 with a double, Matt Hendricks singled and scored and Casey Hendricks had two hits and two runs scored in the win. Also for Ketchikan, Noah Silva went 1-for-2, Ned Day went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs and Regan Cloudy scored.

Hank Foster, Hunter Fitch and Josh Marvin-Looney all pitched for Prince of Wales.

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