2015 Alaska State Little League® Tournament Results
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2015

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Alaska State Tournament
Host - Sitka (District 2)
At Moller Field

Participating Teams
District 1 Champions Dimond-West (Anchorage)
District 2 Champions Gastineau Channel (Juneau)

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Tournament Results:

Best 3-of-5 Series:
Gastineau Channel 6, Dimond-West 2
Gastineau Channel 3, Dimond-West 1
Gastineau Channel 2, Dimond-West 1 (TITLE)


Summary:

Solid pitching and steady defense are a potent foundation for a winning baseball team.

Just ask the Gastineau Channel Little League all-star team.

Gastineau Channel led from end-to-end, never trailing in a three-game sweep of Anchorage's Dimond-West Little League in the Alaska state championship series at Moller Field in Sitka.

With the wins, Gastineau Channel claimed its third state championship in the major baseball division in a six-year span, and its eighth overall. Gastineau Channel advanced to the Northwest Region tournament in San Bernardino, California.

Gastineau Channel permitted just four runs -- three of them earned -- in the three-game sweep. Five different pitchers took the mound over the course of the three-game tournament, and combined to hold Dimond-West to just three extra base hits, and a collective .203 team batting average (14-for-69). Defensively, after a first inning miscue led to a Dimond-West run in the series' first game, Gastineau Channel closed out the tournament with seventeen consecutive errorless innings.

Gastineau Channel scored just eleven runs over the course of its three victories, but three came in the top of the first inning of Game 1, and propelled the Juneau-based league to a 6-2 victory. Gastineau Channel managed just one hit in the inning -- an infield single to the pitcher -- and four in the game, but it was enough to dispatch their District 1 opponent.

Bryson Echiverri and Christian Ludeman opened the inning with walks, then Brock McCormick reached on the aforementioned infield single. An error on the play enabled Echiverri to score, and left Gastineau Channel with runners at second and third with nobody out. Ludeman scored on Olin Rawson's groundout, and, after a strikeout, McCormick darted home on a passed ball.

The early rally was enough support for Gastineau Channel's pitching staff to seal the win. With the possibility of a five-games-in-five-days series looming at the start of the tournament, all five of Gastineau Channel's pitchers in the tournament -- Garrett Gleason, Ludeman, Echiverri, McCormick, and Rawson -- saw action in Game 1 as the team's coaching staff looked to keep multiple options open for later assignments.

The quintet combined for twelve strikeouts, and scattered six hits. Gleason departed after two innings, 50 pitches thrown, and two runs allowed -- one earned -- and the other four combined to toss four shutout innings while all keeping their pitch counts low enough to maintain eligibility for Game 2 if needed. Ludeman struck out two before turning over the ball to Echiverri, who struck out four over 1-1/3 innings of work. McCormick (1-2/3 innings) and Rawson (1/3 of an inning) closed out the game.

Dimond-West plated its two runs in the bottom of the first inning. Tristan Berntsen doubled to open the inning, and later scored following two wild pitches. Raythan Robbins drew a walk later in the inning, and, with two outs, scored on an error by Gastineau Channel's center fielder.

Gastineau Channel got the runs back in the third, when McCormick doubled with one out, and then scored two pitches later when Rawson lined a home run beyond the center field fence. In the fifth, Ludeman drilled a leadoff home run to right field to provide the final margin of victory.

Gastineau Channel followed a similar script in Game 2 -- grab an early lead, get outhit, but rely on stellar pitching to seal the victory -- to dispatch Dimond-West, 3-1. Echiverri struck out eight, allowing no runs and two hits over four innings before giving way to a series of relievers. He retired ten in a row after allowing a leadoff single in the first inning, and departed as he neared the 50 pitch mark. McCormick and Rawson again turned in outings that kept them below the 21-pitch threshold that will mandate additional rest, and Ludeman came in to close out the game, and stranded runners at second and third with a strikeout on a 3-2 pitch.

Echiverri and McCormick keyed Gastineau Channel's first inning rally with singles. Oliver Mendoza walked with two outs to load the bases, and on the next pitch, Echiverri scored on a wild pitch.

Gastineau Channel added two runs in the third. Ludeman doubled with a runner aboard to put runners at second and third. Echiverri scored on McCormick's groundout, and after a walk to Rawson, Ludeman scored on a first-and-third double steal attempt.

Dimond-West tallied its run on a wild pitch in the sixth inning. Pitcher Ryan Dayley threw a 77-pitch compete game, striking out seven and allowing just one earned run in the loss.

The next day, Rawson and Robbins locked horns in a pitchers' duel, and Gastineau Channel made the most of four hits in a 2-1 victory that completed the three-game series sweep. Rawlins allowed three hits and, despite 12 strikeouts, needed just 77 pitches to throw a complete game thanks to a 57-15 strike-to-ball ratio. He retired ten in a row after allowing a pair of baserunners in the first inning, and, after that streak ended with a single, he then retired the next six hitters.

Robbins was equally strong, throwing a five inning complete game, striking out five, and not allowing an earned run.

Gastineau Channel scored both of its runs in the third inning. With one out, Isaiah Nelson singled to right field on a two-strike pitch, and, after a groundout, Ludeman reached on an error on another two-strike offering. McCormick followed, and after falling behind in the count 0-2, delivered a line single to right field. Nelson scored on the hit, and Ludeman came across following an error on the play.

Robbin provided Dimond-West's offense, homering to center field with two outs in the top of the sixth inning.

Gastineau Channel advanced to the Northwest Region tournament following its state championship, and the Alaska champions faced the eventual champion and runner-up in their two contests. Gastineau Channel fell, 11-6, to Wilshire/Riverside Little League (Portland, Oregon) in their opening round game, then were ousted from the tournament following a loss to West Valley Little League (Eagle, Idaho) in an elimination contest.

Follow Gastineau Channel at the Northwest Region Tournament -- Click here to view results.


Linescores:

  Game 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Gastineau Channel 3 0 2 0 1 0 6 4 1
Dimond-West 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 6 1
  Game 2
Dimond-West 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 5 1
Gastineau Channel 1 0 2 0 0 x 3 4 0
  Game 3
Dimond-West 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 2
Gastineau Channel 0 0 2 0 0 x 2 4 0




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