Juneau splits 2 games in Ariz.

All Star team beats Oregon, falls to Arizona in West Region Tournament

Posted: Sunday, August 05, 2007

The Juneau All Stars earned a memorable win and were shut out in two games at the West Region Junior Softball Little League Tournament on Friday and Saturday in Tucson, Ariz.

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Juneau, the Alaska state champions from the Gastineau Channel Little League, fell to the Arizona state champs 7-0 on Saturday. The Juneau girls defeated Oregon, the defending regional champs, 11-1 in five innings on Friday.

On Saturday, Juneau mustered just one hit in defeat. Taylor Larson doubled in the bottom of the seventh in the loss.

"They had a pretty good pitcher, and we just couldn't catch up with her," Juneau manager Dan Nelson said.

Arrowhead Little League from Glendale, Ariz., scored runs in the first, second and fifth innings before breaking it open with a four-run sixth.

Arizona took advantage of three Juneau errors in the sixth.

Jennifer Nelson struck out five batters for Juneau.

On Friday, Juneau knocked off the defending regional champions from Corvallis, Ore., 11-1 in five innings.

Juneau exploded for four runs in the first inning and went on to close out the Oregon state champs.

"It took the pressure off by going up 4-1 after they scored the first run in the first," Dan Nelson said. "It allowed them to relax a bit, and they could play their game pretty much all night."

Juneau scored two runs in the second inning, four in the third and one in the fourth for the win.

Megan Hart led Juneau's bats by going 3-for-3 with two runs scored. Larson tripled, Jennifer Nelson had two hits and two runs scored, Megan Mauseth singled and scored twice while Hailee Hodgson and Kalea Chapman each singled and scored in the win.

Also for Juneau, Kaci Hansen, Kyra Uddipa and Megan Wright scored one run each.

Mauseth struck out one batter in four innings while Chapman pitched in the fifth for Juneau.

Juneau's record in Pool A is 1-2, and the team will not likely reach the finals. The team will take on the Idaho champions, Post Falls Little League, on Monday.

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