Juneau majors win district

Posted: Monday, July 24, 2006

The Juneau Major Baseball All-Stars culminated its undefeated run through district play Sunday with a 12-2 victory in five innings over Sitka in Craig.

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Juneau won its eighth straight game and captured the District 2 Little League Major Baseball title with Sunday's victory.

"Sitka was a very tough team," Juneau West manager Sheldon Winters said. "We were really worried about them because they were very well disciplined and very fundamentally sound. The kids worked hard."

After both teams exchanged runs in the first inning, Juneau West went up with three runs in the second.

Juneau West extended its lead to 5-1 in the fourth before putting the game away in the fifth with seven runs.

"They were very excited and very ready," Winters said. "They've been thinking about this game for the last three weeks."

Lance Ibesate earned the pitching win, striking out five batters while allowing six hits in five innings of work.

Christian Jacobsen led Juneau West offensively with a 3-for-4 effort, including two bunt singles.

Colin Gozelski went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs and Ryan Kelly added three base hits in the win.

Also for Juneau West, Daniel Nore and Zach Kidder added bunt singles. The team had 14 base hits in all.

Juneau West will face Dimond West, the District 1 representatives, in a best-of-three state championship series in Anchorage starting Friday. The winner of that series will represent Alaska in the Northwest Regional Tournament in San Bernardino, Calif.

• Tim Nichols, sports editor, can be reached at sports@juneauempire.com.

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