Pitching leads Juneau East to victory

Posted: Friday, July 18, 2008

Dustin Rumfelt came out throwing strong for Juneau East on Thursday night, striking out four batters in two innings of work as Juneau East defeated Prince of Wales 11-4 in the Region II Majors All Star Tournament. Jack Withington, Jackson Pavitt and Tal Norvell pitched in relief.

Herbert Law / For The Juneau Empire
Herbert Law / For The Juneau Empire

Offensively, Juneau East's Brian Mielke put Juneau on the board early with a clutch two-out single in the second inning, scoring Gus Swanton.

Rumfelt went 3-4 with 2 doubles and 2 RBIs, Withington went 2-4 with 3 RBIs and Pavitt batted 3-4 with a double and 2 RBIs in the win.

Defensively, East's Kenny Fox turned a smooth double play to stop a Prince of Wales rally in the bottom of the 5th.

Juneau West 9, Petersburg 0

The cool evening air featured a red hot pitching exhibition as Juneau West batters trickled in runs for a 9-0 victory over Petersburg.

Juneau West All-Star Stefan Jones struck out 14 of the 21 batters he faced and took a no-hitter into the sixth inning before exiting the game due to a standardized pitching limit of 85 throws per game.

"Jones found his zone, came up big, and delivered like we always knew he could," head coach John Grummett said. "He put it all together tonight and we are very happy for him and the way he helped our team."

Jones' side-armed, over-hand style was very effective and displayed better control then in his other two pitching appearances in the tournament. At times Jones was wild and erratic against Prince of Wales and Ketchikan, but had all his stuff going against Petersburg.

West's batters did not fair much better due to Petersburg's starting pitcher, Andrew Benson-Oyler. Oyler pitched three innings, striking out five batters while giving up six hits and four walks.

"We didn't hit the ball as well as we wanted, but it was good enough," Grummett said.

West outfielder George Grummett provided the clutch hitting as he was 2-2, with two doubles, two RBI's and a run.

"It felt really good hitting the ball tonight," Grummett said. "I had just been waiting to get those RBI's and you know, I did!"

District 2 Juniors Division

Juneau 15, Sitka 5

Juneau remains undefeated in the District 2 juniors division tournament, after beating Sitka 15-5 via the 10-run mercy rule after six innings at Norman Walker Field Thursday.

With the win, Juneau took a 1-0 lead in the championship series and will have an opportunity to close out the tournament Friday at 6 p.m. at Norman Walker Field. For the second straight day, Juneau used its patience at the plate and the stellar offensive play of Chris Luck and Lance Ibesate to come out on top.

Devan Romine and Tyler Stonebreaker pitched for Sitka, combining to allow 15 runs on five hits and 13 walks while striking out six.

An error, five walks and a hit-batter led to a 5-3 Juneau lead in the third inning. Ibesate then hit a devastating grand slam that increased Juneau's lead to 9-3. Luck eventually sent home Kyle Gould with a single that capped off Juneau's 10-run inning.

Sitka made a comeback attempt in the fourth inning when Romine and Joshia Hill each knocked in runs to cut Juneau's lead to 10-5.

But Juneau's lead was insurmountable; 10-5 was as close as Sitka would come.

• Brad Cohen, Ketchikan Daily News

Ketchikan 22, Haines 1

Ketchikan hit a hot streak in the third inning, scoring 15 of the teams runs while routing Haines 22-1 on Thursday.

Ketchikan brought in three pitchers, starting with Isaiah Navales who pitched two innings before being replaced by relievers Luc Wilford and Joe Berry.

Among the offensive highlights was first baseman Thomas Hamilton's solo homerun in the third inning to spark the offensive onslaught.

Ketchikan head coach Bill Gass described his team's victory as "beyond good."

"Hitting is contagious and they caught fire in the third inning," he said. "I was pretty pleased with how the kids were hitting the ball."

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