Juneau's Junior (age 13-14) and Senior (age 15-16) Division Little League softball teams got off to a winning start in their respective Northwest Division tournaments Saturday.
In Clackamas, Ore., the Juneau Juniors' bats came alive and they routed Idaho 13-0 in a game called after five innings on the 10-run mercy rule. Across the Columbia River in Vancouver, Wash., the Juneau Seniors emerged from an error-filled game with an 11-7 win over Oregon.
Juneau Juniors manager Steve Frye said the team's offense had been quiet in the postseason - until Saturday's win.
"This is the first game where we really busted out on hitting," he said. "It was good to see us get some big numbers on the board."
Sammy Roguska went 3-for-4 with a triple and a double for Juneau, and Andi Doerflinger went 2-for-3 with a double.
Juneau broke the game open with a six-run fourth inning that saw the Gastineau Channel Little League All-Stars send 12 batters to the plate. Pinch-hitter Nicole Fenumiai had a key two-RBI sacrifice in the inning.
The Idaho team, from Boise, managed only two hits in the game as Juneau pitchers Madison Massey (first three innings) and Doerflinger (last two innings) were dominant. Frye said Massey's performance was her best since the GCLL All-Stars began postseason play.
The Juneau Juniors advance to play Sequim, Wash., today.
Juneau's Senior squad was tested by Baker City, Ore., in a game that saw a total of 11 errors. But, like their Junior counterparts, they used a six-run fourth inning to break away.
Juneau batted around in that inning and scored most of its runs with two outs. Melissa White hit a two-RBI single and Jordan Johnston had an RBI single; the Oregon pitcher also walked in a run.
Ashley Larson pitched the first three innings for the Juneau Seniors, while Torie Powers closed out the last four frames and picked up the win.
Larson finished 3-for-3 at the plate with two doubles and two walks. Alycia Cox went 2-for-2, and White and Nicole Bavard each finished 2-for-3.
The Seniors will play a tough team from South Everett, Wash., today.
Major Division Baseball
The GCLL All-Stars and North Star Little League of Fairbanks were rained out on the first day of the Major Division (Age 11-12) Little League Baseball State Tournament in Fairbanks.
Rain fell all day Saturday in Fairbanks, and flash flood watches were issued for the area Saturday night. The Juneau-Fairbanks game was rescheduled for 2 p.m. today as part of a possible doubleheader. Dimond West Little League of Anchorage has a first-round bye in the three-team, double-elimination tournament.
"We're kind of disappointed to not play," manager Chris Monagle said from Fairbanks on Saturday evening. "By Southeast standards it wasn't too bad, but I guess they don't play in that kind of stuff up here."
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