Juneau rallied in the five-game series to set up a deciding matchup Monday night and had its chances to rally in the winner-take-all game, but Dimond West pulled away with a decisive 14-7 win in the Alaska Little League Majors Baseball State Tournament in Anchorage.
With Dimond leading 9-5 at the end of the third inning, Juneau stranded three runners on base in the top of the fourth to thwart one comeback attempt. Dimond then scored five runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a commanding 14-5 lead.
Juneau failed to score in the top of the fifth, but also kept Dimond from achieving a game-ending 10-run lead by throwing a batter out at first to keep a runner on third from scoring and ending the inning.
That left Juneau with one last chance for the state title. They showed a final spark with a two-run homer with one out, but were unable to narrow the gap further.
The first three games in the series were decided by one-run margins, with Juneau winning the opener and Dimond the next two. Juneau won the fourth game 3-1 to set up Monday’s finale.
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