The Juneau East Majors All-Stars knocked off Wrangell 10-0 Tuesday night to improve to 3-0 so far in round-robin pool play at the District II-Southeast Majors Division (age 11-12) Little League Tournament in Petersburg.
The other Gastineau Channel Little League team at the tournament, the Juneau West Majors All-Stars, dropped its first game of the tournament, an eight-inning 3-2 decision to Sitka on Tuesday afternoon, to fall to 1-1 in the tourney. In Tuesday's other game, Prince of Wales edged Petersburg 5-4.
Among the other teams in the tournament, Ketchikan and Sitka both have 2-0 records, Prince of Wales is 1-2, and Petersburg and Wrangell are both 0-3. Each team will play six round-robin games with pool play ending on Saturday, with the top two teams advancing to a best-two-out-of-three-games championship series this Sunday and Monday.
In its game Tuesday, Juneau East took advantage of some Wrangell wildness on the mound to score six runs on no hits in the first inning. Juneau scored its 10 runs on just four hits in the game, two by Gary Stephens, who went 2-for-2 with a walk and two runs scored. Juneau pitcher Chris Hinkley struck out seven batters for the victory.
The Juneau West team took Sitka into extra innings, but lost when Sitka's Erik Buggins drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the eighth inning off Juneau pitcher Shane Rudd. Sitka pitcher Bryn Calhoun struck out 15 batters, while Sean O'Neil went 3-for-3 with two RBIs. Joe Kohan was Juneau's starting pitcher, and Rudd relieved him in the fifth.
On Monday, Juneau East beat Prince of Wales 14-0 as Brian Decker went 3-for-3 with two RBIs and Hinkley was 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Clae Baker struck out five batters to pick up the victory. Juneau West had Monday off, while Ketchikan beat Wrangell 13-1 and Sitka beat Petersburg 10-1.
On Sunday, both Juneau teams got off to big starts in the tourney as Juneau East blanked Petersburg 11-0 and Juneau West topped Wrangell 18-2. In Sunday's other opener, defending district champion Ketchikan claimed a 27-0 victory over Prince of Wales.
Eric Grenier hit a pair of two-run doubles to lead Juneau East over Petersburg. Bryan Crowder, Nico Saldivar and Shawn Ibesate also drove in runs for Juneau East. Nathaniel Jacobsen pitched the first four innings for Juneau East, escaping a bases-loaded jam in the fourth, with Ibesate and Hinkley finishing up on the mound.
Alex Vick drove in two runs with a double to lead Juneau West over Wrangell. Jerry Spraggins and Shane Rudd also drove in runs for Juneau West, which took advantage of several walks by Wrangell pitchers. Spraggins struck out eight batters in three innings of hitless pitching, while Luther Riley relieved in the fourth.