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By JOE JUDD
Daily News Sports Editor
Ketchikan’s 8-10 year-old select softball team defeated Juneau by a final margin of 7-3 on Thursday evening at Dudley Field in the Select softball tournament
The game was a rematch of Ketchikan’s narrow 6-4 defeat at the hands of Juneau on Wednesday night.
Like on Wednesday, Ketchikan took the role of the guest and scored a run in the top of the first inning to take an early lead over Juneau.
Ketchikan took advantage of the free passes it was issued by Juneau and was continuously able to steal bases and advance on passed balls.
Ketchikan’s defense and pitching kept Juneau’s bats at bay for most of the contest, with Ketchikan turning a double play at one point.
Willow Vierra-Sonnenschein started and pitched the majority of the game for Ketchikan, earning the win from the pitcher’s circle.
Vienna Pahang reached base once on a single and also drove in a run in Ketchikan’s victory.
Alana Stephens hit an inside-the-park home run to left-center field to extend Ketchikan’s lead even more as the game progressed into the later innings.
Juneau was able to score two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, but it was not enough to prevent the loss. Ketchikan will next play against Sitka at 6 p.m. at Dudley Field to determine who will be this year’s select softball champion.