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KLL softball Junior All-Stars conclude tourney in Juneau

KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The Ketchikan Little League Junior Softball All-Stars had a strong opening game on Tuesday but ultimately could not prevail against the Gastineau Channel (Juneau) All-Stars in the Alaska District 2 championship tournament.

GCLL moves on to the state tournament, which starts next Tuesday.

Game 1

KLL 16, GCLL 17

The Ketchikan All-Stars built on a ferocious nine-run third inning to hold a 16-13 lead over the GCLL squad as the top of seventh inning came to a close in Tuesday’s Game 1. But the Juneau crew managed four runs to record the walk-off 17-16 win.

GCLL struck early with four runs in the first inning. Ketchikan answered with two runs in the second.

Taylor Jackson, who would go four-for-five on the day, doubled in Marley Lewis and later scored on an RBI ground out by Emily Bolling.

Gastineau Channel batters recorded a triple, double and two singles while plating six runs in the second inning to raise their lead to a commanding 10-2.

Ketchikan pounced in the third, with Kelleigh Nickich whacking a triple to score Reilly McCue, who had walked to open the inning.

 Hayley Gilson hit a single, then Gabby Mas singled to score Nickich. After Marley Lewis was walked, Faith Easterly hit a line-drive triple to center field that put Gilson, Mas and Lewis across the plate.

Next up was Jackson, who doubled and got Easterly across. Jackson was later driven home on a double by Shaelyn Mendoza. After the bases were loaded with a walk to McCue and a single by Nickich, Gilson was walked — tying the game at 10-10.

Mas then hit her second single of the inning, scoring McCue and putting Ketchikan in an 11-10 lead that held up through the rest of the third.

In the fourth inning, Mendoza tripled and later scored on a passed ball, increasing Ketchikan’s lead to 12-10.

The teams went quietly in the bottom of the fourth inning and top of the fifth inning, but Gastineau Channel scored three runs in its half of the fifth to retake the lead, 13-12.

Ketchikan fought back in the sixth. Easterly and Jackson reached base on a walk and single, respectively, before Easterly scored on a sacrifice fly by Mendoza. Jackson was brought home on a RBI single by Nickich, as Ketchikan regained the lead at 14-13.

Ketchikan added two more runs in the top of the seventh inning, taking advantage of two walks and a sequence of fielding errors that scored both base runners.

Unfortunately for Ketchikan, the GCLL bats came alive in the bottom of the seventh. The home squad rode two doubles and a triple to a four-run inning and the 17-16 win.

Game 2

KLL 4, GCLL 14

The Ketchikan All-Stars started even with Gastineau Channel, but couldn’t keep pace as the Juneau team won Game 2 by a score of 14-4 early Wednesday evening.

GCLL was the visiting team, and plated two runs in the top of the first inning.

Ketchikan’s Shaelyn Mendoza opened KLL’s half of the first with a double and a stolen base. After a walk to Reilly McCue, Kelleigh Nickich hit a sacrifice fly that scored Mendoza. The next batter, Hayley Gilson, hit a double that allowed McCue to reach home plate and tie the game at 2-2.

Neither team scored in the second inning, but GCLL added four runs in the third inning and another in the fourth to go up 7-2.

Ketchikan showed life in the bottom of the fourth inning when a triple by Taylor Jackson scored Gabby Moss, who had reached base on a walk. Jackson later scored on a single by Marley Lewis to get Ketchikan within three runs, 7-4. That was all the scoring for Ketchikan, however, as Gastineau Channel went on to prevail 14-4.

Ketchikan’s Eva Summers went two-for-two in the game, both singles

Game 3

KLL 0, GCLL 11

The Ketchikan All-Stars’s offense struggled to find its stride Wednesday evening as the Gastineau Channel team took the third and final game of the District 2 tournament by a score of 11-0 in the fifth inning.

Ketchikan recorded singles by Reilly McCue and Eva Summers, and a pair of singles by Taylor jackson, during the contest.