Juneau's Seniors (age 15-16) baseball and softball teams cruised to easy victories in their respective Northwest Division tournaments on Tuesday, sending each into championship games.
In Missoula, Mont., the Seniors baseball team defeated the Idaho state champions from Boise, 10-2, on a complete-game three-hitter by pitcher Matt Greely. They will face Hawaii in the championship round today.
The Seniors softball team shut out the Montana state champs, 7-0, in Oak Harbor, Wash., to set up a championship rematch with a tough Washington squad.
Both of the Gastineau Channel Little League All-Star teams have one loss in their double-elimination tournaments, so the baseball team will have to beat Hawaii twice and the softball team needs two wins against Washington to advance to their Regional tourneys.
In Missoula, the Seniors baseball team jumped out to a 9-0 lead after two-and-one-half innings of play. Leading the way for Juneau on offense was a two-out, three-run pinch hit home run by Charlie Moline to straight-away center field.
Idaho got a lead-off home run in the bottom of the fourth to make it 9-2, but Erik Scholl, C.J. Keys and Jordan Davis turned a 6-4-3 double play to end Idaho's hopes for a rally.
Greely pitched seven innings, giving up just three hits, three walks and two runs - one earned - while striking out four Idaho batters.
Manager Bill McCauley said the victory was welcome after a tough loss to Hawaii on Monday, and said the team is relaxed heading into today's rematch against the undefeated team from Maui.
In Oak Harbor, Juneau's Seniors softball team used a four-run fourth inning and continued strong pitching from Ashley Larson and Erika Lindsey to roll over the Montana team, 7-0.
Larson and Lindsey combined for nine strikeouts as they shut down the Montana hitters.
Juneau scored one run in the first, then broke the game the game open in the fourth with four runs on RBI singles from Dana Flansaas and Lindsey, and a two-RBI double from Jordan Johnston. Nicole Bavard, Stephanie Smathers, Melissa White and Shannon King also had key hits for Juneau.
Johnston finished the game 4-for-4 with two runs scored. In her first at-bat of the game, she drilled a ball that one-hopped the outfield fence for a ground-rule double.
"She hit the ball hard every time," manager Steve Bavard said.
After a 13-0 loss to Washington on Sunday, Bavard said the team has played two flawless games and is confident going into their rematch with the South Everett, Wash., team today.
The state champion Juneau East Majors (age 11-12) baseball team leaves town today for San Bernardino, Calif., and their Western Regional tournament.
The team's first game is on Sunday against the Washington state champions. After a one-day rest, they will face Hawaii on Aug. 6, Oregon on Aug. 7 and Montana on Aug. 8.
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