JUNEAU - The Juneau West All Stars rolled as Ryan Lee and Tanner Petrie helped their team overpower Prince of Wales Tuesday 11-4 in an opening round victory in the District II Majors All Star Tournament held at Miller Field.
Lee gobbled up Prince of Wales pitching by hitting for the cycle and Petrie struck out six batters in two innings of action on the mound.
"I didn't know what to expect tonight, but I knew we were going to face a good team and so it feels pretty good to hit the ball like that," Lee said.
Lee began with an RBI double in the first inning, followed by an RBI triple in the second, and then hustled for a three run inside-the-park homer in the fourth. Lee then hit a single to complete the cycle.
Petrie's pitching was so precise he later became frustrated when he threw balls outside the strike zone.
"I felt like I had good control tonight and it felt good, but when the umpire started to make bad calls, I didn't like that," he said.
The Juneau West All Stars bewildered Prince Of Wales pitching staff, continually forcing them to look back over their shoulders at long balls hit into the outfield. Five batters for Juneau had extra base hits in the game.
In the fifth inning, Prince Of Wales' Malik Alemzor tagged a pitch deep over the right-center field fence, ending any chance of a Juneau West rout.
Sitka rallies to overtake Ketchikan, 7-5
JUNEAU - Hot bats and smoking pitching led to a barnburner yesterday during the opening game between Sitka and Ketchikan.
Sitka rallied to tie the game in the sixth before putting Ketchikan away in extra innings 7-5.
Sitka hit three home runs behind Brian Way, Ty Davis and Erickson Fish. Way displayed leadership with both his hitting and pitching skills, hitting a solo home run while also fanning four batters in three innings of work on the mound.
"It felt really good hitting that home run," he said. "It's great to come from behind to win."
Ketchikan's pitching and defense was good enough to maintain a 4-1 advantage over Sitka early on. Kable Lervick pitched four innings and twice tagged out runners at the plate who tried to steal home.
Ketchikan appeared to have Sitka on the ropes after Paulen Colten's line drive home run over the centerfield fence, but Sitka battled back as Lervick's arm tired.
When Sitka's starting pitcher Ryan Jarvill was pulled with runners on the corners with two outs, fans wondered if the game was going to get blown wide open. Instead, Way came in and mowed down a batter to end the inning and the momentum swung over to Sitka.
Fish's lead off homer tied the game in the sixth and Ketchikan's pitching staff folded in the seventh as Sitka's bats stayed hot and Ketchikan's defense cooled.
Sitka head coach Bill Way said with a laugh, "This was a good pressure game for our boys and they performed well in the situation, although it was a little tough on my stomach."