GCLL Red Team Wins Opener in Minors Tournament

    Gastineau Channel Red Team's Mack Host connects on a pitch against Ketchikan on Thursday during the Special Games Tournament at Miller Field. (Klas Stolpe / KINY)

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - In the second day of the District 2 Minors (8-10 year olds) Division Special Games Tournament Juneau’s Gastineau Channel Little League Red team defeated Ketchikan 12-0 in five innings.

      GCLL Red scored two runs in the top of the second as Mason Catrett and Jack Pegues earned walks and Myles Pasion hit an RBI single to score Catrett. Pegues scored on a smart base path run when Ketchikan made a play on Pasion.

      “It is good to get a score,” Pasion said.

      Gabe McGuan, Paxton Willoughby and Marquis Lim all earned walks to start the third inning. McGuan scored on a passed ball for a 3-0 lead. Willoughby scored on the action for 4-0. Lim stole third and scored on an overthrow for a 5-0 advantage.

      Pegues relieved Crosby Landvik on the mound in the bottom of the third inning and struck out the side. He also added a strikeout in the fourth.

    “It was fun,” Pegues said. “I like striking out them. And when I get out and my players get out, I really love that. My best pitch was the fastest one I have ever done right down the middle.”

      Andrew Erickson led off the fourth inning with a single and Mason Catrett followed with an RBI triple for a 6-0 lead.

      Hendrik Van Kirk and Gabe McGuan earned walks to load the bases and Catrett stole home for a 7-0 advantage and Van Kirk scored on a passed ball for 8-0.

      “I have definitely improved on my running from the start of the season,” Catrett said. “I’ve just been riding my bike often. I’ve been riding my bike to practice, games, stuff like that. If there were more nicer days I would definitely be riding my bike right now.”

      Catrett said he love the game.

      “I just love that, I just absolutely love that I get to play baseball,” he said. “Like, all I care is that I get to play baseball.”

      Defensively, Pasion caught two long fly balls in center field in the bottom of the fourth inning.

      “I can’t believe I made the catches,” he said. “I got help from my dad. He threw very high balls and I would catch them for practice.”

      Lim led off the fifth inning with a single. Hunter Ridle hit a one-out single that scored Lim for a 9-0 advantage. Landvik singled and stole a base and Erickson singled in Ridle and Landvik scored on a throwing error for an 11-0 lead.  Erickson stole home for the 12-0 margin.

      “Yeah it was really fun,” Erickson said. “It was kind of scary for a while because I was the first batter and he (the pitcher) was throwing lobs to warm up.”

      Lim relieved Pegues on the mound for the fifth inning. He caught a line drive with his bare hand for an out and struck out another.

      “It was really fun,” Lim said. “It was just fun. It was really cool because I caught it with my bare hand. I almost caught it with my mitt but I caught it with my bare hand.’

      Ketchikan’s Fin Lynch pitched three innings and had four strikeouts, Rylan Jones went one inning with two strikeouts, and Ashton Marrs pitched an inning. Lynch, Mason Peters, Kyle James, Blake Phillips and Maximus Birch were among the Ketchikan batters to reach base.

      GCLL stats included Erickson 2-3 with two singles, two runs scored; Lim 1-2 with 1 walk; Mack Host 0-3 with good contact twice; Ridle 1-3 with one RBI; Landvik 1-3, one single; Catrett 1-2, one RBI, one run scored, one walk; Pegues 0-2, one walk;  Pasion 1-2, one RBI; Van Kirk 0-1, one walk, one run; Gabe McGuan two walks, one run; and Paxton Willoughby one walk, one run.

      GCLL Black and Red play today at 6 p.m.

      Saturday at 2 p.m. begins the double elimination tournament with Game 1 featuring #3 seed Ketchikan vs. #2 seed (loser of today’s game).

      Game 2, Sunday, July 18, 2 p.m. - Gm1 winner vs. #1 Seed (Today’s winner).

      Game 3, Monday, July 19, 6 p.m. - Loser Gm1 vs. Loser Gm2. Elimination game.

      Game 4, Tuesday, July 20, 6 p.m. - Winner Gm2 vs. Winner Gm3 for Special Games Championship.

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