The Juneau All-Stars major softball team will play the third and deciding game of the Alaska Little League State Tournament today at 6 p.m. after falling 7-6 to Nunaka Valley Sunday in Anchorage.
Juneau rallied from a five-run deficit to knot the game at 6-6 but Nunaka Valley, the District 1 champs, scored in the seventh inning to knot the best-of-three series at one game each.
"I was way more proud of them today then in any other game," Juneau coach Mike Mauseth said. "I told them that it was the best game I've ever been coach in that we lost."
Peyton Millay led Juneau with two hits and two runs scored.
Taylor Larson tripled, Megan Mauseth singled and scored, Jennifer Nelson had a hit and a run scored and Kalea Chapman added a hit in the loss.
Also in Anchorage, the Juneau All-Stars dropped the first game of the Alaska Little League Junior Baseball State Tournament. Juneau lost 8-2 to District 1 champs Dimond West Sunday.
Jon Davis struck out six and scattered 10 hits in a complete game for Juneau. He also had a base hit offensively.
Corey Mahar led Juneau with the bat by going 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Sean Bavard also had a hit in the loss.
Juneau and Dimond West square off in game two today at 5 p.m. Juneau must win two games in a row to capture the state title.
In the Alaska Little League District 2 Major Baseball Tournament in Sitka, Juneau West fell to undefeated Sitka 7-3 Sunday.
John Magnuson pitched five innings in the loss.
Offensively for Juneau West, Lance Ibesate and James San Miguel each had a base hit and scored a run while Bobby Simpson went 1-for-2.
Also for Juneau West, Christian Jacobsen went 1-for-3 and Magnuson score a run in the loss.
Despite the loss, Juneau West qualified for the semifinal round as a four-seed. Juneau West faces top-seeded Sitka today at 6 p.m.
Juneau East also qualified for the semifinals by topping Prince of Wales 13-0 Sunday in Sitka.
Juneau East scored five runs in the first inning and five more in the second to top POW.
Ryan Baldwin led the charge with a double, a triple, four RBIs and a run scored. He also earned the pitching win.
Damon Ludwig had three hits and three runs scored; Ben Hotch doubled twice, drove in two runs and scored twice; Alex Campbell laced an RBI triple; Matt Vandor had a single, an RBI and two runs scored and Chris Holloway doubled in the win.
Also for Juneau East, Garrett Jones had two hits and two runs scored and Justin Brooks walked and scored in the win.
Juneau East earned a three-seed with the win and faces second-seeded Petersburg today at 3 p.m.
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