Juneau Black Defeats Ketchikan, Faces Juneau Red in Minors Championship

    Ketchikan's Otto Eckholm readies for a hit during Minors tournament action Monday at Miller Field. Juneau Black won to advance to tonights championship against Juneau Red. (Klas Stolpe / KINY)

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Curfews were broken in the Alaska District 2 Minors Special Games Tournament at Miller Field on Monday night as Juneau Black eliminated Ketchikan 12-11 in two extra innings past the normal six and well after 9 p.m. for the rosters filled with eight-to-10 year olds.

      Juneau Black's Carter Day came to bat in the bottom of the eighth inning with two outs and the bases loaded. His pop fly ball managed to evade Ketchikan mitts and GCLL won. 

      With the win Juneau Black earns the championship game against top seeded Juneau Red tonight at 6 p.m. on Miller field.

      Juneau Black started slow but finished strong against Ketchikan.

      Ketchikan scored five runs in each of the first two innings to lead 10-2. Juneau Black cut that to 11-5 after three innings and tied the game with six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to force extra play.

      Jamison Randolph, Micah Polasky , Zev LeVine and Matthew Shockley scored two runs each for Juneau Black.

      Eli Hayes, Gavin Kohan, Carter Day and Adler Janes scored one run each.

      Randolph had two walks and a single. Kohan reached base four times. Polasky had a walk and a single. Day walked and reached on two hits. Bridger Lockhart made strong contact at the plate. LeVine had a walk and two singles. Zack Ritter walked once, reached base three times and had two stolen bases. Hayes walked three times. Landry Kissner walked twice and reached base four times. Janes walked once. Shockley reached base three times.

      Bridger Lockhart and Kohan shared the mound for Juneau Black and combined for 17 strikeouts and just four walks. Kohan had 15 of the strikeouts in six innings and allowed just one run on two hits.

      Ashton Marrs, Mckinnley Nicholas and Otto Eckholm scored two runs each for Ketchikan.

      Rylan Jones, Mason Peters, Finn Lynch, Blake Phillips and Kaiden Michels scored one run each.

      Marrs had a single and was hit by a pitch. Lynch had a double and single. Nicholas two singles. Jones two singles. Peters a walk and a single. Eckholm a walk, a single and two stolen bases. Max Birch a single. Kyle James made hard contact twice. Jude Rushton had a stolen base. Phillips a single. Michels a single and Sayer earned a walk.

      Peters, Marrs, Lynch, Rahr and Nicholas all shared the mound for Ketchikan and combined for 14 strikeouts and 14 free passes. Nicholas held Juneau Black scoreless in the sixth and seventh innings.


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