Juneau suffers 13-2 loss to host Montana at NW Regionals
Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Aug 2, 2017
In the bottom of the fourth inning, the Juneau Post 25 Midnight Suns were right there. They trailed Missoula, Montana, 4-1 but had two runners on base. A base hit could have changed the game.
But it never came.
Missed opportunities cost Juneau as the Montana state champions took advantage of their chances and prevailed 13-2 in eight innings on Day 1 of the American Legion Northwest Regional in Missoula, Montana.
The tournament home team banged out 18 hits and scored two or more runs four times, including three in the sixth and four in the eighth.
The 13 runs were the most the Midnight Suns have given up in 31 games this season. Juneau starter Phillip Wall gave up more earned runs in 4.2 innings today than he did in 25 innings in Alaska.
Many Alaska state champions have suffered a similar fate at the Northwest Regional, where our Double-A teams square off against larger Triple-A teams that play twice as many games.
Missoula improved to 53-25 this season, while Juneau dropped to 27-4.
The Midnight Suns were in the game at the midway point before things got out of hand.
The fifth inning proved pivotal as Montana scored two runs in the top half and Juneau lined into a double play to thwart a two-on, one-out threat in the bottom half.
Juneau’s Donavin McCurley went 3-for-4 with a run and Zeb Storie and Bobby Cox each went 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Other highlights included Bryce Swofford’s double, Finn Collins’ 10-pitch at-bat that led to a walk and Quin Gist’s pinch-hit single.
Juneau slipped into the loser's bracket, where the Midnight Suns will face Idaho in an elimination game on Thursday morning.