Juneau teams sweep

Posted: Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The Juneau Junior All-Stars rolled in two wins over Ketchikan and Sitka, 18-3 and 24-0, respectively.

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Herbert Law / The Juneau Empire

Lance Ibesate hit a home run to left-center and pitched five innings for the win over Ketchikan, striking out 10, walking two and allowing just three hits and two runs.

Jackson Lehnhart picked up the win against Sitka after pitching three innings of no-hit baseball, striking out five and walking one.

Ryan Kelly also had a three-run homer to left-center in the third inning.

The Juniors play Sitka again ofFriday at 6 p.m.

Juneau East 11, Ketchikan 1

Juneau East had a big fifth inning en route to defeating Ketchikan 11-1 in the Southeast Alaska District 2 Little League Majors Baseball Tournament.

Jack Withington pitched 4 2-3 innings, striking out six and allowing just one run on three hits. East took an early 2-0 lead on heads-up base running by Kaleb Tompkins, and a sacrifice fly by Jasper MacNaughton.

In the fifth, East sent 12 batters to the plate and scored nine runs to end the game early by the 10-run rule.

Matt Cunningham, Curtis Stickler and Michael Dale all had RBI hits. Withington ended the game with a walk-off double that hit the fence on one hop.

Juneau East 6, Sitka 5

In a quick turnaround from Monday night, Juneau East played Sitka in the morning game of the Southeast Alaska Majors 11- and 12-year-oldbaseball tournament.

Jared Markovich pitched a strong game for East, working five innings and allowing only four hits whilestriking out 6.

Sitka jumped up to an early 1-0 lead, but East rallied and tied the game on a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the first.

Sitka then scored two in the top of the third, but East tied it at 3-all on back-to-back RBI singles by Hunter Miller and Jacob Thibodeau.

Then, in the fourth, Nathan Swiger crushed a three-run homer over the centerfield fence to stake East to a 6-3 lead.

Jacob Thibodeau and Nathan Swiger combined to close out the game, but not before Sitka made things interesting.

In the top of the sixth, with the bases loaded and one out, Sitka scored on a passed ball to close to 6-5. But Swiger proceeded to strike out a batter, intentionally walk the Sitka clean-up hitter, and then on a full count, got a called strike to end the game.

East made a number of nifty defensive plays, including a strike 'em out, throw 'em out double play, and second baseman Jasper MacNaughton speared a hard grounder that got by the East first baseman and beat the runner to the bag.

The East victory gives the team a 2-0 record in tournament play. Next up is a match of Juneau East vs. Juneau West on Wednesday at 3pm.

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