Juneau Juniors open tournament with rout

Posted: Thursday, July 22, 2004

Joe Kohan pitched six innings of one-hit ball, then crushed a two-run homer over the center-field fence to end the game as Juneau beat Sitka 10-0 on Wednesday at the Alaska District 2 Junior Division (age 13-14) Little League Baseball Tournament in Wrangell.

Juneau's Nick Andrews added a bases-loaded triple earlier in the match as the game ended in the sixth inning on the 10-run rule. The Gastineau Channel Little League All-Stars were playing their first game in several weeks.

"The boys were really excited to play, and they played spectacularly," Juneau manager Norm Staton said. "(Sitka) didn't really threaten us at all. They only had a couple of baserunners, and we picked off one of their baserunners. I was very impressed."

Juneau will play Ketchikan at 6 p.m. tonight, after Ketchikan beat Prince of Wales 10-0 on Wednesday. The winner of tonight's Juneau-Ketchikan game will advance to Sunday's championship round, while the loser will fall into the losers' bracket of the double-elimination tourney.

Kohan's dominance on the mound Wednesday made things easy for Juneau on defense, and the All-Stars found plenty of offense. Staton reported that Andrews and Buzz Ward each tallied a pair of hits. Shawn Ibesate had a double for Juneau.

Today's other tourney games at Wrangell feature Sitka playing Haines at 10 a.m. and POW facing Wrangell at 2 p.m. in losers' bracket matchups.

At the Senior Division (age 15-16) Little League Baseball state tourney Wednesday, Eric Baggen threw a no-hitter to lift host Sitka past North Pole 10-0. Sitka plays Kodiak today in the three-team, double-elimination tournament.

In Little League softball action, Juneau hosts Nunaka Valley of Anchorage in the Major Division (age 11-12) and Junior Division (age 13-14) state tournaments this week at Melvin Park. Combined opening ceremonies are scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. today.

The best-of-three Juniors tourney starts today at 6 p.m. The tournament continues Friday at 7 p.m., with an if-necessary game at 6 p.m. Saturday.

The Majors tournament, also best-of-three, starts Friday at 4 p.m. The second game will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, with an if-necessary game at 3 p.m. Sunday.

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