Several teams from the Midnight Suns Softball organization won championships or lost in the finals at tournaments in recent weeks.
At the Junior Olympic Softball Tournament in Ketchikan last weekend, the Juneau 2 aged 14-and-under team defeated Sitka Fire 5-4 for the title.
With the game tied 4-4 in the bottom of the fifth inning, Sara Garcia beat a throw to home to score the winning run. Garcia also had a big hand in getting Juneau to the championship, hurling 12 strikeouts in four innings during a 6-2 victory over Ketchikan's Southeast Seiners.
Juneau coach Brad Smathers said the team had no defensive errors in the tournament.
In the 10-and-younger division, Ketchikan claimed the championship by defeating Juneau 9-8 and 11-6 after playing through the consolation bracket.
Over 60 players from Juneau competed in the Junior Olympic Softball Tournament, which featured teams from Sitka, Ketchikan and Prince of Wales Island in 10-and-younger, 11-13 and 14-and-older divisions.
Midnight Suns claimtitle in Canada The Midnight Suns under-12 softball team won the Strawberry Vale Tournament in Victoria, British Columbia, last weekend with a 16-15 victory over the Campbell River Crushers.
The Midnight Suns were down 10-0 after the second inning, but came back to score the winning run when Alycia Cox walked and stole home in the seventh.
Torie Powers and Hannah Barril were the top hitters for Juneau, coach Bruce Massey said.
Andrea Doerflinger hit two doubles and knocked in two runs, and Petra Miner made a key shoestring catch in right field.
Juneau had a record of 11-1-1 in the 13 games it played on the trip.
Under-14 team claims title The Midnight Suns under-14 team came back to win three straight games after an 0-2 start in pool play to win the Salem (Ore.) Firecracker Invitational with a 9-6 defeat of the Northwest Rage on July 1-2.
Erika Lindsey pitched the win, while Ashley Larson came on in the last inning to earn the save. Stephanie Heard and Larson picked up wins to get Juneau to the championship game.
The under-14 squad also reached the title game at the Skagit Valley Invitational in Mount Vernon, Wash., last weekend, but fell 6-1 to the Surrey Storm of Surrey, British Columbia.
Jordan Johnston led the Midnight Suns on the trip with a .565 batting average, while Rachel Barril hit .545. The team posted an 11-3 record on the trip.
Under-16 team loses
After scoring three straight shutouts to reach the championship game, the Midnight Suns under-16 softball team lost in the championship of the Snohomish (Wash.) Panther Invitational 7-2 to the Everett (Wash.) Elite.
Rae Walker, Tally Israelson and Tera Potts each pitched shutouts to propel Juneau to the final. Walker took the loss in the title game.
The team also posted a 3-1 record at the Salem (Ore.) Firecracker Invitational July 1-2.
The Midnight Suns age 14 to 18 team won the Salem Firecracker Invitational with a 3-1 victory over the Lake Oswego Lakers on July 2.
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