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Juneau claims top seed in Junior tourney

Gastineau Channel All-Stars beat Ketchikan 11-3 in preview of title series

Posted: Wednesday, July 16, 2003

Juneau's Gastineau Channel All-Stars beat Ketchikan 11-3 on Tuesday night to claim the top seed in the best-two-of-three-game championship series for the District 2 Junior Division (Age 13-14) Baseball Tournament at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

Juneau finished the round-robin portion of the tournament with a perfect 4-0 record, while Ketchikan took the second seed with a 3-1 mark.

The two teams will face each other again in the championship series, which starts at 6:30 p.m. tonight. The two teams will play again at 2 p.m. on Thursday (a game time change from the previously announced 1 p.m.), with an if-necessary game at 6 p.m. on Thursday.

The winner of the championship series will advance to this weekend's state tournament, which also takes place in Juneau. The District 2 (Southeast) champion will play the District 1 (Southcentral) champion at 3 p.m. on Saturday, with the District 3 (Interior) champion having a bye.

In Tuesday's round-robin pool-play game, Nathaniel Jacobsen and Gary Stephens scored three runs apiece to lead Juneau to victory. Joe Kohan and Shawn Ibesate scored two runs each, with Clae Baker scoring the other Juneau run. The GCLL All-Stars had no extra-base hits, just 11 singles.

Baker pitched five innings for Juneau, allowing one run before being relieved by Ibesate in the sixth and Chris Hinkley in the seventh. The three Juneau pitchers combined for just two strikeouts, as Ketchikan hit several fly balls to left and center for outs.

In Tuesday's other games, Sitka claimed the tournament's third seed with a 13-3 victory over Prince of Wales while Haines won the fourth seed with a 16-8 come-from-behind victory over the Petersburg-Wrangell Stikine Pilots.

In Sitka's victory, which ended after five innings because of the 10-run rule, Bryn Calhoun, Sean O'Neill and Alex Dailey scored two runs apiece for Sitka. Zach Thibodeau scored two runs for Prince of Wales, which earned the sixth seed.

Haines trailed 7-4 in the fifth inning when it scored eight runs in its victory over Stikine, which earned the fifth seed. Ben Feldman scored three runs to lead Haines, while Chandler Kemp, Tom Ward, Wayne Stickler, Matt Wagner and Will Egolf scored twice each. None of the Stikine players scored more than one run.

Stikine and Prince of Wales with play in today's 11 a.m. fifth-sixth place game, while Sitka will play Haines at 2:30 p.m. in the third-fourth place game. These will be the final games of the tournament for these four teams.

MAJORS DIVISION

Juneau's Gastineau Channel All-Stars struggled in the sixth inning, but still hung on to claim a 7-4 victory over Ketchikan on Tuesday in a battle between unbeaten teams in the District 2 Majors Division (Age 11-12) Baseball Tournament in Ketchikan.

Collin Monagle threw a complete game, allowing just two hits, walking one and striking out 11 hitters for Juneau. After Ketchikan scored three runs on some errors in the sixth inning, Monagle struck out the side to end the game.

Juneau took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Sean Bavard singled and scored on an RBI by Geoffrey Craig. The GCLL All-Stars added three more runs in the second inning as Corey Mahar, Jake Hotch and Alex Fagerstrom scored.

The GCLL All-Stars made it 7-1 in the fourth inning when Mahar singled and Bavard followed with a two-run homer. The next hitter, Jon Davis, then hit a solo homer, and Juneau almost went back-to-back-to-back as Monagle hit a line drive that bounced off the top of the fence for a long single.

The victory improved Juneau's record to 3-0 in the round-robin portion of the tournament, with a 4-3 victory over Sitka on Sunday and a 4-1 decision over Prince of Wales on Monday. Juneau plays Wrangell at noon today, then plays Haines on Friday and Petersburg on Saturday. The top four teams after the round-robin portion of the tourney will play in the semifinals this Sunday, with the championship game this Monday.

In Juneau's victory over POW on Monday, Bavard threw a complete-game three-hitter, striking out 15 hitters and walking two. Bavard also drove in Mahar with a ground-rule double in the first inning, then scored on a grounder by Monagle. Later, Dylan Kolvig singled and scored a run, and Bavard walked and scored on a triple by Davis.

On Sunday, Sitka scored three runs in the first inning off Davis, but Juneau settled down and rallied for the victory. Fagerstrom singled and scored in the third inning and Monagle hit a two-run homer in the fourth to tie the score. Craig and Hotch hit back-to-back doubles in the sixth inning to give the GCLL All-Stars the victory.

SENIOR DIVISION

Juneau's Gastineau Channel All-Stars went three games and out in the District 2 Senior Division (Age 14-15) Little League Baseball Tournament in Sitka.

Juneau opened the tournament with a 15-5 loss to Sitka in six innings on Friday, then fell 9-7 to the Petersburg-Wrangell Stikine Pilots on Saturday. The GCLL All-Stars were eliminated on Sunday when they lost to Ketchikan 14-7.

Undefeated Sitka and second-seeded Ketchikan were to play in a best-two-out-of-three-game championship series that started on Monday, but results were not available.



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