The District II berth in the state Senior (ages 15-16) Little League baseball tourney comes down to today's game between Juneau and Ketchikan. Ketchikan beat Juneau, 8-7, on Wednesday in Petersburg to knot the teams' best-of-three series at one game apiece.
Ketchikan countered a four-run Juneau outburst in the top of the third with seven runs of their own in the bottom half, and then held off the Gastineau Channel Little League All-Stars the final four innings for the win.
Casey Bass pitched a complete game for Ketchikan. Sam Muse, Matt Greely and Charlie Moline combined for Juneau's pitching effort.
Juneau opened the scoring with one run in the first, then added the four third-inning runs on four hits and an error to take a 5-0 lead.
But Ketchikan stormed back with seven runs on four hits - including two home runs - and a Juneau error. They added an eighth run in the fourth inning.
Juneau scored two late runs - one in the fifth inning, and one in the seventh - but Bass preserved the win for Ketchikan.
Juneau's offense was led by Erik Scholl, who went 3-for-4 with two doubles, two runs scored and an RBI. Juneau had eight hits in the game; Ketchikan had nine.
Juneau and Ketchikan will play today to determine who will stay in Petersburg for the state tourney, to be held July 20-25.
In the District II Majors (ages 11-12) Little League baseball tournament in Wrangell, Juneau East and West both picked up wins on Wednesday.
Juneau East defeated Prince of Wales, 10-0, with pitchers Shawn Ibesate and Jon Jeans combining to shut down the opposition.
Sam Clark led the Juneau East offense with a 3-for-3 hitting performance, including a double. He scored three runs. Ibesate added a triple for Juneau.
Juneau West defeated Petersburg, 10-0, on Wednesday morning, in a game called after four innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.
Shane Rud pitched a complete game for Juneau, and also hit a three-run homer. Rud, Joe Kohan and Buzz Ward all finished 2-for-3 for Juneau West, and Dominic Brinson finished 2-for-2.
Juneau West and Juneau East are now both 4-0 in the tourney. In today's games, West will play Sitka and East faces Petersburg.