The Juneau East Majors (age 11-12) Little League baseball team wound up on the losing end of a dominating pitching performance Tuesday as it fell to the Hawaii state champs, 8-1, in the Northwest Regional tourney in San Bernardino, Calif.
Kurt Tanabe pitched a complete-game one-hitter for his Waipahu, Hawaii, team. He threw 11 strikeouts in the game.
Juneau East's lone hit and only run came in the bottom of the first as Tanabe appeared to get rattled. Sam Clark singled with one out, advanced to second on a wild pitch by Tanabe, stole third and scored on another wild pitch.
Then Tanabe settled down, and he retired the last 12 batters he faced in order.
Hawaii scored two runs apiece in the first and third innings, and added four more runs in the fourth. Hawaii's Sanoe Aina, one of two girls participating in the tournament, hit a bases-loaded double in the first to drive in two runs.
Zach Heppner started the game on the mound for Juneau East. He retired the side on three pitches in the second inning.
Juneau East is now 0-2 in the tourney, but still has a chance at earning one of four elimination-round spots out of the six teams in the tourney. The team's remaining games are both against teams that are also 0-2 - Oregon and Montana.
Juneau East will play Oregon today at 4 p.m. ADT, and Montana on Thursday at 9 a.m. ADT. Both games will be carried on KINY AM-800.
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