Juneau Red Defeats Juneau Black in Minors Semifinal

    Gastineau Channel Little League Majors All-Star team Red defeated team Black on Sunday. Red advances to Tuesday championship. Black plays Ketchikan in elimination game today. (Klas Stolpe / KINY)

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Juneau Red All-stars advanced to the final of the Alaska District 2 Minors (ages 8-10) Special Games Tournament on Sunday with a 9-6 win over Juneau Black.

      The Double elimination portion of the tournament began on Saturday with number two seed Juneau Black defeating three seed Ketchikan 12-9.

      Juneau Black then faced top seed Juneau Red on Sunday and the Red team won 9-6 after scoring seven runs in the fifth inning.

      Juneau Black plays Ketchikan today at 6 p.m. in an elimination game on Miller Field with the winner advancing to Tuesday’s championship against Juneau Red.

      On Sunday Juneau Black took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning as Gavin Kohan and Carter Day crossed the plate. Adler Janes walked in the top of the second, advanced on a Matthew Shockley single and scored on a passed ball for 3-0.

      Juneau Red scored in the bottom of the second as Andrew Erickson walked, stole second and third and scored on a passed ball for 3-1.

      Juneau Black added two runs in the third as Day walked, stole third and scored on an error and Micah Polasky singled and scored on a passed ball for 5-1.

      Juneau Red added a run in the bottom of the third as Mack Host singled, stole second and third and scored on a passed ball for 5-2.

      Juneau Black added a run in the top of the fifth as Landry Kissner walked, advanced on a Zack Ritter double and scored on a Zev LeVine single for 6-2.

      Juneau Red had a big rally in the bottom of the fifth inning. Erickson singled and Gabe McGuan walked. Erickson scored on a double by Myles Pasion for 6-3. Host was at the bat when a passed ball resulted in Pegues and Pasion scoring to cut the lead to 6-5. Host walked, Paxton Willoughby and Marquis Lim earned walks and Host scored on a passed ball to tie the game at 6-6. McGuan singled in Willoughby for a 7-6 lead. Riddle reached base on a hard hit error that scored Lim and McGuan for the 9-6 score.

      Juneau Red brought Pasion to the mound in the sixth to close out the game.

      After Juneau Black’s Jamison Randolph and Bridger Lockhart reached base the Red team defense held with McGuan catching a fly ball, Host tracking down a foul ball behind the plate and Crosby Landvik fielding a hard ground ball.

      Juneau Black plays Ketchikan today at 6 p.m. in an elimination game. The winner advances to Tuesday’s championship game against Juneau Red.

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