Despite falling 8-6 to Wrangell-Haines Wednesday in the final pool play game of the Alaska Little League District 2 Junior Baseball Tournament, the Juneau All-Stars still qualified for today's championship game.
Juneau (3-1) faces Wrangell-Haines today for the district title in Ketchikan.
"They're totally stoked to be playing in the championship game," Juneau coach Tom Mayer said. "Basically the winner moves on to Anchorage in the state tournament."
Wrangell-Haines topped Juneau despite another mammoth effort from Juneau slugger Jon Davis.
After driving in seven runs in Tuesday's comeback victory over Ketchikan, Davis went 3-for-3 in Wednesday's loss.
Geoff Craig hit a three-run double while Vinny Isturis and Aaron Cohen each had RBI singles for Juneau.
Corey Mahar, Davis, Sean Bavard, Cohen and Josh Mayer all pitched in the loss.
Wrangell-Haines raced to an 8-1 lead before Juneau posted five runs in the sixth inning to make it close.
In the Major Baseball District 2 Tournament in Sitka, Juneau East lost a heartbreaker to the host squad, 1-0, Wednesday.
Juneau East pitcher Damon Ludwig and Ben Hotsh limited Sitka to just one hit in the loss.
Tyler McMichael was 1-for-1 with two walks and Ludwig went 2-for-3 against Stika.
Juneau East (0-2) takes on Petersburg today at noon.
Juneau West picked up its first win in the major baseball tournament with an 8-0 victory over Ketchikan.
Bobby Simpson and Lance Ibesate combined to strike out 11 batters and each pitcher threw three innings in the shutout.
Ibesate led Juneau East offensively with four hits and three RBIs.
Josh Magnuson, James San Migues, Eric Fagerstrom, Ryan Kelly, Christopher Luck, Christian Jacobsen and Simpson all had hits in the win.
Fagerstrom, Luck and Jacobsen also contributed RBIs.
Juneau East faces Prince of Wales today at 3 p.m.
Tim Nichols, sports editor, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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