A Midnight Suns baseball team from Juneau featuring 11- and 12-year-olds tied for fifth place in the South Kitsap Blast tournament over the Labor Day weekend in Port Orchard, Wash.
The team featured several members of the Juneau East and Juneau West major division Little League all-star teams from the Gastineau Channel Little League. It was the Juneau team's first outing since the Little League playoffs in July, while the other teams in the tourney had been playing regularly through August.
The Midnight Suns posted a 2-2 record, losing to South Kitsap Eastern, then beating South Kitsap Southern and Bainbridge Island, Wash., before dropping their finale to Kelso, Wash.
Dylan Baker, Kyle Fossman and Aaron Cohen pitched the first three games for Juneau, with Cohen earning team MVP honors in the first two games and Fossman in the third. In the fourth tournament game, James San Miguel was named team MVP for two sterling defensive plays. Jamie Daniel hit over .500 for the tournament and Isaac Martin had two solid hits in the last tournament game.
The Midnight Suns also played a friendly game with Edmonds, Wash., after the tournament, and Baker was named the team MVP for that game.
"It was a great tournament," team manager Rod Baker said. "I especially want to recognize the contributions of Keath Flint, Brendan Daugherty, Neal Skannes, Garret Cheeseman and Vinny Isturis. The team played hard against some of the best competition that they had ever seen and came up winners."
The Midnight Suns Baseball Club will hold registration and its annual meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 5, at the Floyd Dryden Middle School library. The program is designed to supplement the Little League and high school baseball organizations by helping players maintain their skills over the winter months. Players must be at least 11 years old to join.
The cost to join the Midnight Suns is $100 per player, and the money is used to pay for gym space and help reduce travel expenses. During the last spring break, a Midnight Suns U14 team went to Arizona for a tournament and also got to watch major league spring training games. A U12 team participated in a similar tournament this fall. The travel cost to each player is minimal.
Also at the meeting will be registration for the annual Midnight Suns Baseball Clinic, which takes place Oct. 22-24. The clinic will led by Ben Boulware and Ron Hall from America's Baseball Camps.
For more information, contact Trish Kohan at 789-6997 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.