Juneau GCLL back in the Little League title hunt

Posted: Friday, July 30, 2010

Facing a 2-0 deficit in the best-of-5 championship series versus Nunaka Valley, Juneau started quickly en route to an 11-4 win Thursday in Game 3 of the 2010 Alaska Little League Softball Championship at Melvin Park.

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Shaun T. Cox / Juneau Empire
Shaun T. Cox / Juneau Empire

The Gastineau Channel Little League's softball Junior All-Stars got off to a hot start after Gracie Meiners' three-run double to left-center field emptied the bases, giving Juneau a 3-0 lead after the first inning. Emma Good followed with a single to drive in Meiners, and Ashley Buck's RBI single scored Good to make it a five-run opening frame.

Juneau played add on in the second inning after holding Nunaka Valley scoreless again. With Kayla Balovich and Meiners on base, Good drove in two more runs with a triple, and Buck singled Good home to put Juneau out in front 8-0.

Nunaka Valley made a push in the third inning with four runs, but would get no closer the rest of the way.

Gabby Meyerson singled to drive in Nunaka Valley's first run, and then Taria Page knocked in two more with a double, and later scored on a fielder's choice to cut the deficit in half at 8-4.

Juneau added three runs in the fifth inning to push its advantage to 11-4, and Randi Held's over-the-shoulder catch with a man on base in the top of the fifth kept Nunaka Valley from chipping away at the lead. Pauline Tufi nearly drove the ball to the wall for Nunaka Valley, but Held made a spectacular catch after initially bobbling the ball on the run.

Savanna Schauwecker's double highlighted Juneau's three-run fifth inning, which set the final score at 11-4.

Game 4 is today at 7 p.m. at Melvin Park with Nunaka Valley leading the series 2-1.

GCLL Majors lead Knick 2-0

The bats were slow to get going for Juneau at the Little League state tournament, but the capital city's Majors All-Stars finally found their rythm in a 6-2 win over Knik in Anchorage.

After falling behind 2-0, Juneau's Trent Uppida and Jared Markovich knocked in three runs on a pair of third-inning doubles to give their squad the a lead they would never relinquish.

Despite two first-inning runs from from home-team Knik, Juneau's defense held its ground the rest of the way with pitchers Grant Ainsworth, Jake Tanner, Chase Barnum and Markovich combining for eight strikeouts.

Markovich hit a solo bomb to lead off the fifth inning, followed by two singles from Kaleb Tompkins and Finn Collins. Both players would score in the inning to put Juneau up 6-2.

Juniors win state, West Region bid

The Gastineau Channel Little League Juniors Division All-Stars defeated Abbott O'Rabbit 8-4 Thursday to win best-of-5 championship series 3-1. More information is coming soon.

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