Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Facing elimination Juneau’s Gastineau Channel Little League Majors All-Star Baseball team defeated Anchorage’s Abbott-O-Rabbitt Little League 6-4 in game four of their best-of-five state championship series Sunday on Sitka’s Moller Field.
Tied at 3-3 in the top of the sixth inning Juneau’s Jamison Randolph put a sacrifice bunt down to advance Kamden Kissner to third and Joshua Beedle to second. With one out Brenner Harralston hit a sacrifice fly to center field scoring Kissner for a 4-3 lead. Keaton Belcourt was intentionally walked. Isaac Kirsch struck out but the AOR catcher dropped the third strike and Kirsch reached first while Beedle and Belcourt both scored for 6-3.
AOR got a run back in the bottom of the sixth on a Landon Gasser home run but the Juneau infield held for two outs and Randolph ended the game with a strikeout.
“That was an amazing team game,” Juneau manager Jaysen Katasse said. “Every player contributed to that win. Tons of credit goes out to our pitchers Micah Nelson and Jamison Randolph. They pitched great, kept the ball down and our defense made plays when they had to.”
Nelson started the game and went 2.1 innings, allowing one hit and no runs, walking three batters and striking out two. Randolph went 3.2 innings, allowing six hits and four runs, walking three and striking out two.
Harralston, Parker Katasse and Gavin Kohan had one RBI apiece for Juneau. Kirsch, Kohan and Nelson had one hit each. Belcourt scored two runs, Kissner, Beedle, Randolph and Vinny Nizich one each. Kissner and P. Katasse and earned two walks apiece, Harralston, Nizich, Belcourt, Randolph and Henry Maier one each.
“Our hitters were really disciplined at the plate and worked counts and found ways to get on,” Jaysen Katasse said. “Our hitters followed up with some clutch hits to drive in runs. Juneau boys are fired up and ready for game five tomorrow.”
Lukas Armstrong led AOR with three hits, including a home run, and Gasser led with two RBI. Gasser started on the mound and had 12 strikeouts in four innings while allowing just one hit and two runs.
GCLL lost game one 12-4 Thursday, won game two 16-7 Friday, and lost game three 11-1 Saturday.
The winner winner of Monday’s game wins the state championship and advances to San Bernardino, California, for the Northwest Region Tournament Aug. 6-12 and their first game matchup will be against Lewiston Little League of Idaho. Other qualifiers are Bend North Little League of Bend, Oregon, and Bonney Lake/Sumner Little League of Bonney Lake, Washington.
The 10 regional tournaments across the United States and eight international region tournaments supply teams for the Little League World Series Aug. 17-28 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.