Pavitt, Midnight Suns roll over East Anchorage

Posted: Tuesday, July 17, 2001

Lopaka Pavitt pitched a three-hitter as Juneau's American Legion Post 25 Midnight Suns beat East Anchorage 9-2 on Sunday at Kosinski Fields in Anchorage.

Pavitt earned his first start of the year after tossing many quality innings of relief throughout the Legion baseball season that started in early June, according to coach Jim Ayers.

"Pavitt had an outstanding outing," Ayers said. "Its a good sign for us. Our pitching's holding strong. These guys are feeling pretty confident now."

Although Pavitt surrendered just three hits in his complete game bid, two were big ones. East's Grant Bledsoe hit solo homers in the fourth and seventh innings, but it didn't matter since the Midnight Suns' bats were hot once again.

Bud Baun continued his torrid hitting for the Midnight Suns with his second straight game with two doubles. Bryson Buck and Sitka transplant Steve Hartrich also doubled as Juneau built a 7-0 lead after three innings.

"Almost everyone in the lineup scored," Ayers said. "It was a great, great day and we played great defense."

With the win, Juneau improves its season record to 11-8 and the team has posted a 4-1 record since beginning play in Southcentral Alaska on July 11.

"East is kind of the team to beat in Anchorage," Ayers said. "East, Dimond and Service and we beat Dimond already and we meet Service next week. That game will tell us a lot about where we stand."

On Monday, Juneau traveled to Kenai for games on back-to-back days before heading to Homer on Wednesday for two more games.

Midnight Suns 9, East Anchorage 2

Sunday's game at Kosinski Fields

Midnight Suns 313 011 0 -- 9 11 2

East 000 100 1 -- 2 3 2

Pavitt and Baun; Tuck, Cigarlic (3), Babcock (7) and Crocker. WP -- Pavitt. LP -- Tuck. 2B -- Midnight Suns: Baun 2, Buck, Hartrich. East: McCloud. 3B -- None. HR -- Bledsoe 2.

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