The Juneau East Majors (age 11-12) baseball team bowed out of the Northwest Regional tournament in San Bernardino, Calif., this morning after a 9-0 loss to the Montana state champions.
Juneau East fell to the Oregon state champs on Wednesday evening, 4-0.
After winning the District II and State championships last month, the Gastineau Channel Little League All-Stars ran into tough competition at the regional tourney and finished with an 0-4 record in round-robin play. The top four teams move on to elimination play, with the tourney champ earning a spot in the Little League World Series next week in Williamsport, Pa.
In today's game, Juneau East and Montana played close early, with Montana holding a 1-0 edge going into the bottom of the third. Then the Missoula, Mont., team broke open the game with six runs, including several runs scored on back-to-back doubles.
Missoula added two more runs in the bottom of the fourth to bring the game to the brink of being called on the 10-run mercy rule. But Juneau East's defense tightened up, getting out of a bases-loaded jam to allow the game to continue.
In the top of the fifth, Juneau East got three consecutive singles from Faifo Levale, Shawn Ibesate and Zach Heppner but could not get a run across the plate.
Christopher Millay started the game on the mound for Juneau East, and Jonathan Davis and Heppner made relief appearances.
In Wednesday's game against Oregon, pitcher Jordan Nordlien threw a two-hit, six-strikeout game against Juneau East as the Salem, Ore., squad won, 4-0.
Ibesate started the game for Juneau East and only gave up one earned run, as Oregon scored three unearned runs.
Sam Clark made a nice defensive play from the outfield for Juneau East in the first inning. With a runner on third, and Oregon batter hit a long fly ball. Clark caught it and threw a strike to catcher Colton Baker, who was able to hold the runner at third.