Juneau's Seniors (age 15-16) softball team picked up a win Monday in the Northwest Division tournament in Oak Harbor, Wash., defeating the Oregon state champions, 7-1.
The Seniors baseball team fell to Hawaii, 12-2, on Monday at their Northwest Division tourney in Missoula, Mont.
In Monday's softball game, Juneau cruised to their first victory of the tournament on strong pitching from Ashley Larson and Erika Lindsey.
Larson started the game and pitched four scoreless innings for the Gastineau Channel Little League All-Stars. Lindsey came on in relief and only allowed a single Oregon run in the sixth.
Manager Steve Bavard reported that the pitchers were aided by excellent defense, including standout plays by Ilea Belcourt and Rachel Barril in the field.
On offense, Larson went 2-for-3 at the plate, Jordan Johnston went 3-for-4 and scored two runs and Nicole Bavard and Melissa White each had RBI hits.
The Seniors softball team is now 1-1 in the double-elimination Northwest Division tournament. They will face Montana tonight in the semifinals.
In Missoula, the Seniors baseball team suffered its first defeat of the tourney at the hands of a strong Hawaii state champion team from Maui.
Hawaii jumped out to a 12-0 lead after five innings as Juneau's defense was unable to back up starting pitcher Jordan Gray. Manager Bill McCauley reported that a strong, swirling wind made it difficult to track fly balls.
Meanwhile, Hawaii pitcher Maka English threw a complete-game four-hitter against Juneau's batters.
Juneau scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning on three hits. The game was called after the fifth.
Juneau is now 2-1 in the tournament and in second place behind undefeated Hawaii. The Juneau squad will play again today against the winner of a Washington-Idaho game.
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