Tony Levine's two-run double and solo homer powered Bartlett to a 4-2 win over Juneau's Auke Bay American Legion Post 25 Midnight Suns Monday in the Alaska State American Legion Baseball Tournament at Anchorage's Mulcahy Stadium.
With the loss, Juneau dropped to 1-1 and into the losers' bracket of the double-elimination tournament. The Midnight Suns played the Twin City Twins of Kenai at 11 a.m. today.
Kenai eliminated Wasilla-Susitna Valley 19-4 on Monday, while Service eliminated the Tri-Cities 49ers of Fairbanks 8-4 in losers' bracket action. In Monday's other winners' bracket game, Chugiak blanked East Anchorage 6-0.
Bartlett took a 3-0 lead in the third inning as winning pitcher Erik Waalkes singled home a run, then Levine followed one batter later with his two-run double that Juneau assistant coach Bruce Scandling said was right down the line. Bartlett made it 4-0 in the seventh inning on Levine's homer.
Juneau had runners reach base in six of the game's nine innings, but could find the plate only in the eighth inning. With two outs, Garrett Schoenberger reached on a dropped third strike. He then stole second and third. Bryson Buck drew a walk to put runners on first and third. Zach Kohan singled Schoenberger home, then Juneau ran a delayed steal, with Buck running home while Kohan was trapped in a rundown between first and second. Scandling said Kohan took off for second on the throw home, but was nailed in a close play at second.
In the fifth inning, Juneau had loaded the bases with one out on singles by C.J. Corso and Joe Ayers and a walk to Evan Scandling. But Schoenberger grounded into a double play to end the threat. In the ninth, Juneau's Lopaka Pavitt draw a walk with one out, bringing the tying run to the plate, but Pavitt couldn't advance. Corso and Ayers each had two of Juneau's five hits.
"We had guys on base in several innings, but Waalkes threw a good game and you have to give him credit for that," Bruce Scandling said. "Evan (Scandling, Juneau's starting pitcher) gave up two earned runs and did his job, but we had rallies going a couple of times and we just couldn't score."
Juneau East falls again
Gastineau Channel Little League's Juneau East Majors All-Stars have been battling the heat as much as their opponents during the Far West Region Majors Division (age 11-12) Little League Baseball Tournament in San Bernardino, Calif.
Juneau East lost its second game of the tournament Monday as Bainbridge Island, Wash., claimed a 12-0 victory behind the one-hit pitching of Cory Gibler. Bobby Cramer had Juneau East's only hit of the game, which was played in 104-degree weather.
"We forgot to bring our icebergs with us," Juneau East manager Rod Baker told the Riverside Enterprise-Record after the game.
The three Juneau East coaches are sporting shaved heads after the players earned the right to take razors to skulls following Juneau East's state championship. Several of the players have adopted similar hairstyles in an attempt to beat the heat.
"I've never had a shaved head before, but coming into 100-degree heat, it's not that big of a deal," Juneau East coach Bob Jacobsen told the Enterprise-Record. "Unfortunately, we have to wear black hats to protect against sunburns so that doesn't help."
Juneau East is off today and plays Billings, Mont., at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday in its third round-robin pool-play game. Juneau East will wrap up round-robin pool-play against Salem, Ore., at 5 p.m. on Friday.
GOLDEN BEARS 4, MIDNIGHT SUNS 2
Monday's game from Anchorage's Mulcahy Stadium
JUNEAU-AUKE BAY 000 000 020 -- 2 5 1
BARTLETT 003 000 10x -- 4 8 1
Scandling, Baun (7), Pavitt (8) and Schoenberger; E. Waalkes, Ridley (9) and Thomas. WP -- E. Waalkes. LP -- Scandling. Sv -- Ridley. 2B -- Juneau: None; Bartlett: Levine, Thomas, Ridley. 3B -- None. HR -- Juneau: None; Bartlett: Levine.