(Nicole Wilson | Unsplash)

(Nicole Wilson | Unsplash)

District tourney opener for Juneau goes extra innings

The game went seven innings.

It took extra innings to decide a winner of the second game of the Alaska District 2 Little League Majors Baseball Tournament on Tuesday night between Juneau and Ketchikan.

Juneau forced extras with their four-run sixth inning, but gave up a walk-off steal of home plate in the seventh to lose the round-robin game 10-9 at Moller Field in Sitka.

[‘I had a lot of faith’: Juneau Minors championship game came down to the wire]

The tournament between Juneau, Ketchikan and Sitka teams starts its double-elimination bracket portion on Thursday night. Sitka routed Ketchikan 17-2 in the first round-robin game on Monday — which ended via mercy rule after just three innings — and took on Juneau in the third and final round-robin game on Wednesday night.

Juneau rallied with two outs in the top of the sixth inning as Nate Fick and Ezra Vidal each drove in two runs. Nate Fick hit a bases-loaded single to score Riley Fick and Owen Woodruff, and Vidal followed with a double to score Brandon Casperson and Nate Fick.

Madden Mendoza and Vidal struck out the side in the bottom of the sixth, sending the game into the seventh.

Juneau couldn’t add any more runs in the top of the seventh, and Ketchikan scored the game-winning run later in the inning on a steal of home plate.

The Majors division is for 10-12 year olds.

The Juneau Juniors All-Stars (12-14 year olds) play in the state tournament starting Wednesday night in Ketchikan.


• Contact sports reporter Nolin Ainsworth at 523-2272 or nainsworth@juneauempire.com. Follow Empire Sports on Twitter at @akempiresports.


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