Gastineau Channel Black Tops Ketchikan to Open Little League Minors Tournament

    Juneau's Landry Kissner (3) is safe at first as Carter Day (20) scores during the Gastineau Channel Black team's 5-2 win over Ketchikan on Wednesday. (Klas Stolpe / KINY)

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Gastineau Channel Little League Black team defeated Ketchikan 5-2 in the opening game of the Alaska Little League District 2 Minors (8-10 year olds) Division Special Games Tournament at Miller Field on Wednesday.

      Ketchikan broke open a scoreless game in the top of the fourth inning as Blake Phillips hit a one out single and reached third on a throwing error. Rylan Jones followed with a two-out triple scoring Phillips and Fin Lynch hit a double to score Jones for a 2-0 advantage.

      Juneau got the two runs back and more in the bottom half of the fourth.

      Jamison Randolph led off with a triple and scored on a passed ball.

      “I was thinking we can take the lead,” Randolph said. “It was fun. It was fun to slide.”

      Zack Ritter singled and stole second and third.

      “That was really fun,” Ritter said. “That was I think the first single I have ever got. I have got doubles and got home. I’ve had 17 in park home runs this season.”

      Eli Hayes was hit by a pitch to put runners on the corners. Carter Day doubled in Ritter to tie the score at 2-2.

      “That was good,” Day said of his hit. “I was just happy that I ‘clutched up’ and got us into the lead and then went on to score. It felt pretty good. I think we have a good chance on getting our next game.”

      Hayes scored on a throwing error for a 3-2 lead.

    “It kind of hurts from running,” Hayes said. “When I got hit and ran up to first base it kind of burned.”

    and Day advanced to third base. Landry Kissner hit a single to bring Day across the plate for a 4-2 advantage.

      Gavin Kohan took the mound in the fifth inning and struck out all three Ketchikan hitters.

      Juneau scored a final run in the bottom of the fifth inning as Kohan and Randolph earned walks. Kohan was thrown out stealing third but Micah Polasky walked and was part of a double steal. Ritter earned a walk to load the bases and Day walked to earn an RBI and the 5-2 lead.

      Kohan then shut down three Ketchikan batters in the top of the sixth inning to end the game.

      Kohan said his mindset after striking batters out is, “That I can do it again.”

      He was asked what his favorite pitch is.

      “Outside corner,” Kohan said. “Fastball.”

      Randolph started on the mound for Juneau, went three innings and struck out four. Bridger Lockhart relieved for one inning and struck out two and Kohan closed the game.

      Ketchikan's Mckinley Nicholas pitched three innings and struck out six, Mason Peters, Rylan Jones and Lucas Rahr all relieved and struck out one each, and Jude Rushton relieved and struck out two.

      Ketchikan stranded a runner in the third inning when Rude Rushton walked and stole a base.

      Juneau stranded Ritter in the second inning after he was hit by a pitch and stole a base, and in the third inning Zev LeVine, Bridger Lockhart and Landry Kissner all earned walks but were left loaded.

      Ketchikan will play the GCLL Red team tonight (Thursday) at 6 p.m.

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