Madison Massey and Andi Doerflinger combined to throw a two-hitter as Juneau's Gastineau Channel Little League All-Stars claimed a 1-0 victory over Parkrose, Ore., at the Northwest Division Junior (Age 13-14) Little League Softball Tournament on Monday in Portland, Ore.
Massey allowed one hit, struck out two and walked one in her three innings of work. Doerflinger threw the final four innings and allowed one hit with four strikeouts, as the GCLL All-Stars beat the Oregon state champions.
Juneau scored the only run it needed in the bottom of the first inning when Sasha Frye hit a lead-off single, took second on a passed ball and scored on a single by Carrie Laliberte.
"That was our lone offensive threat," GCLL All-Stars manager Steve Frye said. Juneau left two runners on base in the first and fourth innings and one runner on base in the fifth, but didn't score again.
Steve Frye said Nicole Fenumiai, who usually comes off the bench, got the start in left field and made two outstanding catches on defense.
He also said defense played a big key for Juneau in the top of the seventh inning, when the GCLL All-Stars were trying to close out the victory.
The first Parkrose hitter sent a smash toward Laliberte at second base, but Laliberte "jumped as high as she possibly could" and made a snowcone catch of the drive, Frye said. The next hitter slapped a shot toward third base, but Massey made a back-handed grab for the second out. The final out came when Doerflinger threw a full-count strikeout, with the Parkrose hitter watching the ball go right across the middle of the plate.
With the victory, the GCLL All-Stars advanced into tonight's 5 p.m. (ADT) championship game against Sequim, Wash. On Sunday, Sequim edged the GCLL All-Stars 6-5, so Juneau has to beat Sequim today and again in Wednesday's if-necessary game in order to win the title.
"We're looking forward to a little revenge," Steve Frye said.
On the third day, the sun came out and the Alaska State Major Division (Age 11-12) Little League Baseball Tournament finally got under way Monday after two days of rainouts in Fairbanks.
Juneau's Gastineau Channel Little League All-Stars opened the tournament on a high note, as they claimed a 10-0 victory over North Star of Fairbanks on Monday afternoon. But the GCLL All-Stars fell in their next game, losing 6-4 to Dimond-West of Anchorage in the nightcap.
That means Juneau has to beat North Star again in today's 4 p.m. losers' bracket game for the right to play Dimond-West in tonight's 7 p.m. championship game. The GCLL All-Stars will have to win both of today's games, then beat Dimond-West again at 9 a.m. on Wednesday if they plan to earn their third straight trip to the Western Regional Tournament in San Bernardino, Calif.
In Monday's early game, Collin Monagle hit a two-run homer in the first inning to start Juneau's offense, which recorded 11 hits total. Monagle, Dylan Kolvig, Alex Fagerstrom and Aaron Cohen hit doubles for Juneau, which scored two runs in the first, third and fifth innings and four runs in the second.
Three Juneau pitchers - Jon Davis, Sean Bavard and Monagle - combined to throw a one-hitter, giving up just a one-out single to Ealam Howe in the sixth inning.
In the nightcap, Juneau scored four runs on six hits in the first inning, but couldn't survive a couple of Dimond-West homers off Monagle, who threw a complete game for the GCLL All-Stars.
Colton Lauwers hit a three-run shot off Monagle in the first inning and Travis Thompson hit a two-run homer in the second for Dimond-West, which added an insurance run in the fifth inning when Eric Cooper and Trevour Risla hit back-to-back doubles. No scoring details were available for Juneau.