Colin Gozelski mowed down 12 batters in six innings to lead undefeated Juneau West to a 9-1 win over Ketchikan in the District 2 Little League Major Baseball semifinals Saturday in Craig.
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Gozelski yielded just three hits an one run in the game for Juneau West, who is riding a seven-game winning streak. With the win, Juneau West moves on to face Sitka at 10 a.m. today for the district championship. The winner faces the District 1 champion in Anchorage next weekend for the state title.
"What's been really impressive has been their defense," Juneau West coach Bob Jacobsen said. "Over seven games, I think they have only allowed 14 runs."
Juneau West struck first with two runs in the first then put the game away by posting five runs in the fifth inning. Juneau West added runs in the fifth and sixth innings in the win.
Ketchikan scored its lone run in the fifth.
Offensively for Juneau West, Josh Magnuson went 2-for-3 with two runs scored while Ryan Kelly added two hits and a run scored.
"They've executed their defensive plays so well," Jacobsen said. "They've executed their double plays when it was appropriate. The just haven't made any defensive mistakes. That's impressive for a group of 11- and 12-year-olds."
On Friday, Juneau West complete pool play with an unblemished record after upending Prince of Wales 13-6.
On Thursday, Juneau West scored seven runs in the fourth inning to down Ketchikan 11-1.
Lance Ibesate earned the pitching win as Juneau West allowed just four hits in the game. The team also did not commit an error.
Gozelski led Juneau West's bats with a three-run triple in the fourth inning. He later scored on a passed ball.
Juneau West defeated Petersburg 5-3 in seven innings on Wednesday. Christopher Luck doubled in the extra inning and later score off Magnuson's double.
Kyle Gould, Chris Jacobsen and Luck all went 2-for-4 in the win.
Gozelski pitched six innings in the win. Ibesate pitched an inning in relief.
Juneau West pounded out 12 hits in the win.
Petersburg turned a fourth-inning triple play in defeat.
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