The Juneau Juniors are steamrolling into the championship series of the District 2 All-Stars baseball tournament after defeating host Wrangell, Sitka and Ketchikan by a combined score of 50-5 over the weekend in round-robin play.
The Juniors will now face Sitka in a best-of-3 championship series beginning Tuesday at 6 p.m., and the winner will depart for Anchorage on Saturday for the state tournament.
Juneau whacked Wrangell 26-0 Sunday in five innings, pounding out 23 hits and drawing 14 walks. The game, scheduled for seven frames, was called because of the mercy-run rule.
Juneau was never threatened after scoring 13 runs in the first two innings behind a dominant effort on the mound, with Gus Swanton, Ryan Lee and Collin Ludeman combining for a one-hitter while fanning 10.
Swanton got the start, striking out four in three innings to pick up the win. Lee and Ludeman each pitched an inning, with both striking out the side.
R.J. Markovich singled, doubled and tripled, knocked in six runs and drew a walk. Ludeman had three hits and three RBIs, and Jeff Pusich had two doubles, a single and four RBIs.
Juneau delivered a fifth-inning knockout to Ketchikan on Saturday, scoring eight runs to blow open a two-run game for a 12-2, mercy-rule win.
Tod Baseden hit the first pitch of the game over the fence in right for an early 1-0 Juneau lead.
Juneau took a 2-1 lead after the third and led 4-2 heading into the fifth.
Markovich went 3-for-3 with two doubles and two runs scored, while Jackson Pavitt had two hits, two RBIs and one run scored. Kellen Johansen and Tanner Petrie each went 2-for-3.
Petrie also picked up the win, striking out four in four innings of work while giving up one run.
Juneau scored a run in every inning Friday and Pusich set the tone from the mound as the Juniors rolled to a 12-3 win over Sitka.
Pusich picked up the win after striking out nine in four innings of work. The Juneau staff combined for 15 strikeouts and gave up just three hits.
Petrie led the offense with a 2-for-3 performance at the plate, scoring two runs and driving in another. Julian Minne had a hit and one RBI.
Nick Stewart executed a suicide squeeze in the second inning, scoring Markovich with a bunt. Stewart also stole three stolen bases.
Eight different players had at least one hit and one RBI for Juneau, and eight scored at least one run with Petrie, Swanton and Pusich each scoring twice.
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