Juneau's Gastineau Channel Little League Junior All-Stars kept leaving the floodgates open Tuesday in the Pacific Northwest Junior (age 13-14) Little League Regional in Boise, Idaho.
Finally, Juneau ended up being swamped by Parrish Little League of Salem, Ore., 20-9 in a losers' bracket game at the tournament at Boise's Timberline High School. The sloppy loss -- which featured a combined 20 errors by both teams -- eliminated Juneau from the tournament.
Juneau fell behind 8-1 after the top of the third inning, but the All-Stars scratched their way back into the game with five runs in the bottom of the third and another run in the fourth to make it 8-7. Oregon scored three in the top of the fifth, only to have Juneau counter with two in the bottom of the inning to make it 11-9.
But Oregon's nine-run sixth inning proved to be too much for Juneau, which ended up losing by the 10-run mercy rule for the second straight game. Juneau lost 15-5 to tournament host East Boise in the second round of the tournament (Juneau had a bye in the first round). Last year Juneau won the regional tournament and eventually came within one game of qualifying for the Junior Little League World Series in Taylor, Mich.
Juneau's coaches and players could not be contacted for comment after the game, having changed hotels because the air conditioning wasn't working in some of the players' rooms and Idaho is suffering through abnormal 105-degree heat.
Eric Neal and C.J. Keys hit RBI singles for Juneau and Keys added a double in the game. Juneau starting pitcher Sergio Magallanes picked two runners off first base in the second inning to help keep the game close.
Daniel Moore and Sal Castillo hit RBI doubles for Oregon in the sixth inning, while David Waterhouse, Joey Arndt and Castillo each had two RBIs. Lee Eklund and Jeff Kellogg also had RBIs for Oregon.
Many of the game's runs were scored on errors. The middle infields for both teams had an especially rough time in the game. Oregon's sixth-inning rally took more than an hour to play and the game didn't end until nearly midnight Idaho time.