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Juneau Seniors are 1-0, Juniors 2-1 at divisionals

Posted: Sunday, August 01, 2004

Andrea Doerflinger pitched four innings of one-hit ball and cracked a three-run homer as Juneau's Gastineau Channel Little League Senior Division (age 15-16) All-Stars shut out Oregon 12-0 on Saturday to open the Northwest Division tourney in Portland, Ore.

In Billings, Mont., the Juneau Junior Division (age 13-14) All-Star softball squad won Friday's Northwest Division tourney opener 12-2 over Oregon, then split its two Saturday games. Juneau lost to Montana 11-3 in Saturday's early game, but rebounded to thrash Idaho 17-4.

At the Seniors tourney, Doerflinger started and tallied five strikeouts before Madison Massey came in to pitch the fifth and final inning of the game, which was called on the 10-run rule.

"The girls did what we came here to do," Juneau manager Dennis Powers said. "We pitched a near-perfect game. We played flawless defense. (Our only) error was a fluke error."

Juneau's batters provided plenty of support for its pitching and defense. Juneau rattled Oregon for 12 runs on 10 hits, including Doerflinger's homer in the third inning that scored Massey and Sammy Roguska.

The GCLL All-Stars exploded for eight runs in the fourth, keyed by RBI doubles from Ashleigh Wilwert and Veronica Leitz.

Doerflinger finished the game 3-for-4 with four RBI, while Roguska was 3-for-4 with three RBI. Ambyr Benson went 2-for-2 with an RBI.

At the Juniors tourney, Nicole Fenumiai and Darby Brown hit home runs and aggressive baserunning helped Juneau to Friday's opening win over Milton-Freewater, Ore.

Brown's solo shot ended the game in the sixth inning on the 10-run rule and capped a 13-hit effort by the GCLL All-Stars, manager Bill Laliberte reported.

Fenumiai, Kristie Ely and Lindsay Birk added doubles for Juneau. Birk's shot one-hopped the fence for a ground-rule double.

Sasha Frye pitched four innings and Carrie Laliberte threw the final two frames for Juneau. Randi Chernikoff made a good catch in left field to end an Oregon rally in the third inning.

In Saturday's loss to host Billings, Mont., Juneau's pitching ran in trouble and the All-Stars committed six errors to allow Montana to pull away. The Billings squad scored all the runs it would need with a five-run third inning.

Birk hit a double and Lourdes Andes smacked a triple for Juneau.

Fenumiai and Brown combined to hit home runs once again in Saturday's late-game win against Lewiston, Idaho, which ended in the sixth inning on the 10-run rule.

Brown finished the game 4-for-4 from the plate, while Carrie Laliberte went 3-for-4 and scored twice. Frye started the game and pitched the first inning, and Laliberte pitched the rest of the way. Juneau scored five runs in the top of the sixth to end the game.

The two Juneau teams continue round-robin play today at their respective tourneys. The Juniors play Vancouver, Wash., at 11 a.m. ADT, while the Seniors play a double header - against Kirkland, Wash., at 1 p.m. ADT and against Union City, Ore., at 4 p.m. ADT.

All three of today's softball games should be broadcast live locally on KJNO-AM 630.

Single-elimination play starts Monday for the Juniors and Tuesday for the Seniors. The winner of the Juniors divisional heads to the Western Regional in Butte, Mont., while the Seniors division tourney champ will play in the Western Regional in Chico, Calif.

• The Juneau Empire sports desk can be reached at sports@juneauempire.com.



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