Juneau Juniors take third in Pacific NW

Posted: Wednesday, August 01, 2001

Juneau's Gastineau Channel Little League Juniors All-Stars took third place in the Pacific Northwest Division Juniors (age 13-14) Little League Softball Tournament after dropping an 8-2 decision to Oregon on Tuesday in Mount Vernon, Wash.

Earlier in the tournament, Juneau beat the Oregon champions, from Baker, Ore., 9-2. But this time, Juneau committed several errors that led to all eight Oregon runs.

"We got thumped," Juneau head coach Steve Bavard said. "Our girls weren't ready to play. I think that nine-inning game with Washington yesterday (a 3-2 loss to South Everett) really took a lot out of them, and we've got some homesickness kicking in. We've been on the road for 12 days now. We should have beaten Oregon, but they just wanted it more. We couldn't make a basic play."

Oregon scored four runs in the second inning, as Juneau committed four errors. Bavard said Oregon scored two more runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth, "mostly on errors, but they got some hits."

Juneau scored one run in the fourth inning as Oregon walked the first two batters, then Jordan Johnston singled home Ashley Larson. The GCLL All-Stars added another run in the sixth when Nicole Bavard singled, went to second on a walk and scored on a single by Hannah Barril.

Oregon and Washington play today for the championship.

"We were definitely good enough to win this tournament, we just didn't play good enough," Steve Bavard said. "These girls had a great season. We're not mad at them. They've gone as far as any other Juneau team has ever gone. We took third in the division."

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