Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Alaska District 2 Minors, ages 8-10 years, Special Games Tournament completed the round robin portion of play with Juneau Black beating Ketchikan 5-2 on Wednesday, Juneau Red beating Ketchikan 12-0 on Thursday, and Juneau Red beating Juneau Black 11-9 on Friday.
The double elimination portion of the tournament began on Saturday with Game One pitting the number two seed Juneau Black team against number three seed Ketchikan.
Juneau Black won 12-9.
According to Juneau coaches a top play for the Black team on Saturday came in the bottom of the sixth inning when pitcher Micah Polasky made a great diving catch on an attempted bunt by Ketchikan’s Jack Sayer that popped into the air. The catch was the second out of the inning and shortened a Ketchikan rally. Polasky then struck out the final batter.
Eli Hayes started on the mound for Juneau, Zev LeVine worked the middle innings and Polasky closed the final three innings.
Ketchikan mound kings included Jude Rushton, Mason Peters, Ashton Marrs and Rylan Jones.
Carter Day led the Juneau bats with a 3-3 day and played left and right field. Jamison Randolph had three hits. Bridger Lockhart played solid in center field and second base. Gavin Kohan had a double and two singles and played second and shortstop. LeVine played center, left and first base and pitched. Zack Ritter earned a walk and stole a base. Eli Hayes walked twice and had three steals. Landry Kissner had a single, started at catcher and played third base. Adler Janes earned two walks and played right field and first base. Matthew Shockley had three strong at bats and played third base and left field.
Juneau's Randolph scored two runs, Lockhart two runs, Kohan three runs, Day two runs, Hayes one run, Kissner one run and Janes one run.
Ketchikan's Otto Eckholm, Mckinley Nicholas and Mason Peters crossed the plate in the top of the first inning to take an early lead.
Rushton, Sayer, Kyle James, Fin Lynch and Marrs scored in the second for Ketchikan and Marrs crossed again in the fifth.
Ketchikan stats included Eckholm being hit by a pitch twice and getting one single; Peters three hits and a stolen base; Rylan Jones hit by a pitch and one hit; Lucas Rahr one hit; Rushton a walk; Sayer hit by a pitch; James one walk; Marrs hit by a pitch and one walk; Kaiden Michels a walk; Max Birch a walk; and Blake Phillips made contact twice.
Juneau Black advances to play number one seed Juneau Red on Sunday at 2 p.m. with the winner advancing to Tuesday’s championship.
Ketchikan plays the loser of the Juneau clash on Monday in a 6 p.m. elimination game, with the winner advancing to Tuesday’s championship.