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After the shrill screams of delight had subsided, and the Knik Majors (aged 11-12) softball team was done whooping and hollering on the Melvin Park Field after its thrilling 5-4 state championship victory over Juneau Tuesday night, manager Bruce Massey felt for his team.
``I got teary-eyed watching their little hearts break,'' the Juneau manager said of his team's reaction. ``It kinda makes a macho dude crumble.''
The final play of the game could hardly have been any more dramatic. With the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth (and final) inning, and the score tied 4-4, Knik's Jessie Ludvigsen smacked a shot to right center field that sent teammate Kelly Gallagher home and her team on to the Division I Tournament in Seattle this weekend.
``All the stars were aligned,'' Knik manager Tim Metcalfe said.
Knik nearly ended the game a moment earlier when Savanna Pifer tried to score from third but was thrown out by Andrea Doerflinger from first base.
Metcalf said the key play for his team came in the fourth inning, when Molly Metcalf hit a two-run triple to tie the game 4-4.
``She pumped us up right there,'' Metcalf said.
Metcalf tried to steal home on the play, but was thrown out at the plate.
Juneau opened scoring with two runs in the first inning, as Doerflinger hit an RBI triple and Alicia Cox knocked in a run with a single. Knik answered in the bottom of the inning with two runs on Ludvigsen's triple.
Juneau took a 4-2 lead in the second when Talisa Rhea singled, stole second and third, and came home on Torie Powers sacrifice hit. Madison Massey knocked in Dana Lyons with a single.
Molly and Amanda Metcalf combined for five strikeouts and two walks in Knik's victory. Powers pitched a complete game for Juneau with seven strikeouts and six walks.
``We clearly got beat by a better team,'' Massey, the manager, said. ``Nobody play sloppy. That's just the way it is.''
Ketchikan Majors win Southeast The Ketchikan Majors baseball team blanked Juneau West 7-0 to capture the District 2 Little League Championship in Craig Monday.
Ketchikan's Thomas Montgomery pitched the complete game shutout. Rob Lindsey and Cody Heppner combined on the mound for Juneau.
Ketchikan advances to the state tournament in Fairbanks this weekend.
Seniors fall to A-O-R For the second time in as many years, the Juneau Seniors (aged 14-18) softball team fell at the state tournament by one-run margins.
A-O-R downed Juneau by scores of 3-2 and 10-9 at the seniors state championship in Soldotna last weekend. A-O-R advances to Divisional play in Portland, Ore., this weekend.
Juneau managed just two hits in its 3-2 loss, as Krista Staveland and Suzanne Parr hit 1-for-3. Parr hit a long home run that cleared the fences in Game 2, which lasted 10 innings. Kari Parr went 4-for-6 and scored three runs, and Staveland hit 2-for-6.
Andrea Walker allowed five hits, struck out four and walked none in Game 1. Tera Potts and Tally Israelson combined to strike out four with no walks in Game 2.