Wet weather scrubs state LL softball tournament

GCLL All-Stars host Knik tonight in second game of series

Posted: Monday, July 22, 2002

Rain washed out Sunday's second game of the state Junior Division (age 13-14) Little League softball tournament at Melvin Park, preventing Juneau's Gastineau Channel Little League All-Stars from clinching a spot in the Northwest Division tournament this weekend in Idaho.

The GCLL All-Stars won the first game of their best-of-three series against Knik (Eagle River-Chugiak) 2-0 in eight innings on Saturday and need just one more victory to advance to the next level. The two teams will try to play at 6 tonight, provided the Melvin Park field dries out. An if-necessary game will take place at 6 p.m. on Tuesday. Softball tournament games are being broadcast on KJNO, 630-AM.

"Even if it stopped raining, the field's too wet to play on," tournament co-director Beni Laliberte said when she announced the postponement Sunday afternoon.

The winner of the state softball tournament goes to Couer d'Alene, Idaho, for the division tournament on July 26-30.

Rain also washed out the state Senior Division (age 15-16) Little League baseball tournament in Petersburg on Sunday.

Juneau's GCLL All-Stars had a bye on Saturday and were scheduled to play Kenai on Sunday. Kenai beat North Pole 17-16 in the tournament opener on Saturday, with the game ending on a bases-loaded double play.

Juneau will play Kenai at 1 p.m. today, with the loser playing North Pole at 5 p.m. in an elimination game for the double-elimination tournament. Games from this tournament are being broadcast by Kenai radio station KSRM, and an Internet audio feed can be found at http://www.ksrm.com.

While two state tournaments were rained out on Sunday, two others were able to get some action in.

Juneau's GCLL All-Stars won the opening game of the state Senior Division softball tournament Sunday, claiming a 13-1 victory over tournament host Abbott-O-Rabbit in Anchorage.

Ashley Larson pitched four scoreless innings and Erika Lindsey allowed one run in three innings of relief.

Juneau pounded out 21 hits in the game, led by a three-run homer by Jordan Johnston that cleared the fence. Lindsey, Larson, Rachel Barril, Stephanie Smathers and Melissa White all had three hits for Juneau. On defense, Jessica Grimm made an outstanding running catch in center field, then doubled off the runner at second base to end an A-O-R threat in the fourth inning, coach Steve Bavard said.

The second game of the best-of-three series is at 6 tonight at A-O-R fields in Anchorage.

At the District II Major Division (age 11-12) baseball tournament in Wrangell, Ketchikan beat Juneau West 4-3 in the bottom of the sixth inning. Joe Kohan hit a solo homer for Juneau West and Alex Fagerstrom hit a double off the fence that drove in one run but was inches from being a three-run homer.

Despite the loss, Juneau West (5-2 in the tournament) had clinched a spot in the four-team final round. Juneau East (6-1), which was idle on Sunday, is the top seed for the final round and plays fourth-seeded Petersburg at 3 p.m. today. Second-seeded Juneau West plays third-seeded Sitka at 6 p.m. today. Both games are being broadcast on KINY, 800-AM.

On Saturday, Juneau East beat Juneau West 5-3 to earn the top seed. Sam Clark went 3-for-3 and scored two runs to lead Juneau East, while Jonathan Davis played outstanding defense at second base and Shawn Ibesate pitched an excellent game, Juneau East coach Jeff Jeans said.



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