McCurley's gem can't save Juneau from elimination
Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Aug 3, 2017
Donavin McCurley gave Juneau Post 25 every chance to win and give Alaska its first victory at the American Legion Baseball Northwest Regional in almost 10 years.
The right-hander pitched scoreless frames in six of eight innings but was doomed by unearned runs in 3-1 loss to Lewiston, Idaho, in a regional elimination game in Missoula, Montana.
McCurley threw only 89 pitches in his complete-game effort, only to suffer the loss. He deserved better.
He allowed eight hits and walked just one batter. He did not register a strikeout.
McCurley’s gem will go down as one of the finest postseason performances by an Alaska Legion pitcher. It allowed Juneau to flirt with Alaska’s first victory at Northwest Regionals since South Post 4 beat Cheyenne, Wyoming, 5-4 in 2009.
Juneau slugger Bobby Cox lined a two-out RBI single up the middle in the sixth inning to score Bryce Swofford from second base and deliver the lone run for the state champion Midnight Suns.
Cox was the only Juneau player to have run-scoring base hits in both games at regionals. He finished the tournament 4-for-7 at the plate.
Trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the sixth, Juneau committed two errors that doubled the deficit. Both runs Lewiston scored in the second inning were unearned as well.
Lewiston improved to 36-11 on the year and advanced in regional play while Juneau's championship season ended at 27-5.
Led by McCurley, Juneau’s pitching staff gave up a total of 16 runs in two games – the fewest by an Alaska team at regionals in at least the last 10 years.
Fewest Runs Allowed at Northwest Regionals
16 Juneau 2017
26 Chugiak 2008
26 South 2009
26 Chugiak 2013
27 Kenai 2016
Most Runs Scored at Northwest Regionals
11 South 2014
10 Kenai 2012
9 South 2009
7 Chugiak 2015
6 Three tied