Juneau Seniors go 1-1 to open district tournament

Posted: Sunday, July 18, 2004

Pedro Mojica pitched a complete game on the mound and went 4-for-4 with three runs scored as Juneau edged Prince of Wales 5-4 on Friday in its opening game of the Alaska District 2 Senior Division (age 15-16) Little League Baseball Tournament at Sitka's Moller Field.

But Juneau lost its second game in the double-elimination tournament when host Sitka won 20-10 Saturday in a game called after six innings because of the 10-run rule.

In Friday's game, David Wheeler went 2-for-3 for Juneau. Prince of Wales loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh inning, but the game ended when Juneau first baseman Alex Vick caught a foul pop fly against the fence.

"We played real blue-collar ball," Juneau manager Jody Vick said. "We had six or seven stolen bases and we were real aggressive."

In Saturday's game, Juneau jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the second inning when Jody Vick said a controversial play and ejection changed the momentum. Wheeler, Juneau's catcher, was trying to score on a drive by Mojica that went to the fence. But the left fielder was able to gun the ball home to the catcher, who was catching the ball when Wheeler crashed into him. Vick said Wheeler was ejected after a consultation by the umpires, and that means Wheeler can't play in today's game.

"They tied the score 10-10 going into the fifth, and we ran out of steam," said Vick, who added that his team only has 11 players on its roster for the tournament instead of the customary 12.

Billy Fisher went 4-for-4 to lead Juneau, while Mojica was 3-for-4. Alex Robinson hit a bases-loaded double that scored two runs for Juneau.

Juneau faces Ketchikan at 2 p.m. today in the losers' bracket. Sitka beat Ketchikan 4-0 on Friday, then Ketchikan eliminated Prince of Wales 7-5 on Saturday in a losers' bracket game. Ketchikan also will be playing with 10 players today, since it had to send two players home for rules violations.

The winner of today's Juneau-Ketchikan game will play Sitka at 6 p.m. on Monday in the championship game, with an if-necessary game set for 6 p.m. Tuesday.

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