Battle for bragging rights

West tops East for Juneau supremacy, improves to 3-0 in Majors tourney

Posted: Friday, July 24, 2009

Juneau West 7, Juneau East 2

Tom Miller / The Ketchikan Daily
Tom Miller / The Ketchikan Daily

KETCHIKAN - In a battle for city and burrough supremacy, it was all Juneau West.

Juneau West's Nathan Klein hit a grand slam and shut down the Juneau East offense from the mound on Thursday as West rolled to a 9-2 victory in the Majors District 2 BaseballTournament.

West scored a run in each the first and fourth innings, and poured it on with four in the fourth after Klein's bases-loaded blast over the fence in left.

East scored two in the bottom of the fifth to cut the deficit to 6-2, but West scored three more in the sixth.

Klein finished with seven strikeouts in 5 1-3 innings and five RBIs, while Nick Stewart, Jake Tanner and RJ Markovich each scored twice.

West's defense, led by Tanner, Jake Bicknell, Hunter Hickok and Collin Ludeman, allowed just four East runners past first base.

Juneau West 11, Petersburg 1

KETCHIKAN - The Juneau West All-Stars picked up an 11-1 win over Petersburg on Tuesday in the opener of a doubleheader in the Majors District 2 Baseball Tournament behind solid pitching from five different players and two big offensive innings.

A five-run third and a six-run fifth propelled West to the mercy-rule victory. Nathlan Klein has three RBIs at the plate and threw out two base runners, and Nick Stewart picked up the win after striking out seven in 2 1-3 innings of work. Stewert also cleared the bases and scored after aPetersburg error in the fifth.

Hunter Hickock flashed the leather at first base, snagging a line drive to end the first inning. Klein also had a good day defensively after throwing out two baserunners to end a potentialPetersburg rally.

Juneau West 7, Ketchikan 0

KETCHIKAN - In the nightcap, three Juneau West pitchers combined to no-hit host Ketchikan, 7-0. Klein picked up the win after striking out three hitters in 1 1-3 innings, while RJ Markovich struck out eight in three innings on the hill.

"We've got some kids that throw hard, we've got some kids that can dominate a game by throwing hard if they throw hard strikes," Juneau West assistant coach Todd Luck said.

Nick Stewart led off with the triple in the first as Juneau West scored three to build an early lead, 3-0 after one, never looking back.

Markovich also went 3-for-4 with three runs scored, and Collin Ludeman was 2-for-3 with three RBIs as Juneau West improved to 2-0 in the round-robbintournament.

Ketchikan Daily News Sports Editor John Borneman contributed to this report.

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