Abbott-O-Rabbit of Anchorage won its opener Wednesday in the Western Regional Junior Baseball tournament in Vancouver, Wash., beating West Valley of Yakima, Wash., 6-4.
The Alaskans busted to a 4-0 lead through two innings of the six-inning game for players ages 13-14 and never trailed. Abbott-O-Rabbit added single runs in the fifth and sixth inning to offset two-run innings by West Valley in the top of the third and top of the sixth.
Julito Fazzini went 2 for 3 for Abbott-O-Rabbit, with a home run and a single.
Parker Johnson, Anthony Maldonado and Fazzini shared pitching duties for Abbott-O-Rabbit.
Bucs break through
After surrendering a three-run lead late, the Anchorage Bucs beat the Chugiak Chinooks 4-3 in 10 innings Wednesday night at Mulcahy Stadium to rack their first victory in three games in the Alaska Baseball League Tournament.
The Bucs prevailed when Mat-Su shortstop Nicholas Covello could not handle David Andriese's grounder up the middle with two out in the bottom of the 10th. That allowed Lawton Langford to score from third base.
Anchorage took a 3-0 lead in the sixth, when Ryan Leonards delivered an RBI double, Andriese had a sacrifice fly and Andy Crowley contributed an RBI single.
But the Chinooks chipped away at their deficit. Ryan Shackelford singled home a run in the seventh, Zach Harbison homered in the eighth and Griffin Gum homered in the ninth. That gave a no-decision to Bucs starting right-hander Andrew Sopko, who went nine innings and struck out 11.
Austin Stone earned the win with a 1-2-3 10th inning.
Late Tuesday, Fairbanks Goldpanners reliever Matt Milke pitched 42/3 innings of perfect relief, and struck out eight, to spearhead a 4-1 win over the Bucs. Of Milke's 67 pitches, 49 were strikes.
The Goldpanners and Mat-Su Miners played a tournament game late Wednesday.
Bucs 4, Chinooks 3 (10 innings)
Goldpanners vs. Miners, late
Thursday's games (at Loretta French Field)
Goldpanners vs. Glacier Pilots, 1 p.m.
Miners vs. Chinooks, 5 p.m.
PREP HALL OF FAME
Ivanoff leads 8 inductees
Steve Ivanoff, who coached Unalakleet to two state basketball championships and then in retirement became a tireless advocate for Alaska high school sports, will be among eight people inducted into the Alaska High School Hall of Fame in a ceremony Sunday at the Millennium Alaska Hotel.
Ivanoff, a Unalakleet coach for 14 years, will receive the lifetime achievement award from the Alaska School Activities Association, which runs the Hall of Fame.
ASAA, in Ivanoff's induction biography, calls Ivanoff an Alaska Native leader who "continues to be an advocate for ASAA activities and the important role they play in the smaller communities. As a result of his efforts, most Native Corporations are valued sponsors for ASAA."
The Hall of Fame honors students, coaches, advisors, administrators, officials and other contributors to high school activities. Its members include many involved in sports, as well as those involved in the fine arts.
The public is invited to attend Sunday's induction ceremony, which begins at 5 p.m. at the Redington Room.
Alaska High School Hall of Fame
Class of 2013
Eddie Blahaus, Jr., soccer player, Chugiak High
Mia Costello, swimmer, West
Roger Nelles, basketball coach, Wasilla
Catherine Rhodes, track/cheerleading coach, Wasilla/Colony
Joe Tremerallo, basketball coach, Lathrop
Chuck White, basketball coach, East/West
Ron Gleason, administrator, Juneau/Angoon
Steve Ivanoff, basktball coach, Unalakleet (lifetime achievement award)
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