Abbott-O-Rabbit wins in Washington, loses in California; 907 softball team rolls

The Abbott-O-Rabbit Junior Little League team earned another win at the West Region tournament Friday in Vancouver, Wash.

The Alaskans throttled Idaho 16-4 for their second straight win in the tournament for players ages 13-14. The win ran Alaska's winning streak, which includes district and state tournament games in Alaska, to 11-0.

Max Costello led Abbott-O-Rabbit, sparking a 16-hit attack with three hits, one of them a double, and pitching two shutout innings to help Alaska hold Idaho to four hits in five innings.

Jonny Homza pitched the first three innings for the win, giving up a pair of runs, and Colten Frenchik pitched the final inning, giving up two runs.

Anthony Maldonado contributed a double and a single and Julito Fazzini belted a triple for Abbott-O-Rabbit.

Alaska's next game in the 12-team tournament is Sunday against Northern California.

Abbott-O-Rabbit's other team didn't fare as well Friday. Washington routed the Alaska state champions 10-2 in the first day of action for players ages 11-12 at the six-team Northwest Regional tournament in San Bernardino, Calif.

Washington jumped to a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Abbott-O-Rabbit answered with two runs in the top of the second, but Washington scored three times in the bottom of the inning to stake a 6-2 lead. Washington outslugged the Alaskans 10-5.

Alaska has three more pool-play games in San Bernardino before Thursday's semifinals. It plays the Montana state champions on Saturday, the Wyoming champions on Monday and the Idaho champions on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, a girls team from Juneau picked up a win in its first game Thursday at the West Region girls tournament in Tucson, Ariz. 

Gastineau Channel, which downed Abbott-O-Rabbit for the state championship, defeated Nevada 12-2 and will play again Saturday.


907 rolling in Oregon

A girls softball team loaded with talent from across Alaska is crushing opponents at a regional tournament in Salem, Ore.

907 Elite Softball, which includes players from Anchorage, Juneau and Fairbanks, is one of two undefeated teams in the Amateur Softball Association 18U Class B western national tournament.

The Alaskans are 5-0 heading into a Saturday morning winners bracket game against the Oregon Reign.

Led by East High's Taria Page and West High's Pauline Tufi, they have outscored opponents 55-5 and outhit them 60-22.

They have trailed only once, against the Tiger Rage of Oregon. Alaska won the game 8-4, but trailed 4-3 after three innings. A three-run fourth inning put them in the lead for good.

Three victories have been shutouts -- 8-0 over the San Fernando Valley Xplosion of California, 18-0 over US Energy of Wyoming and 12-0 over Eastvale, Calif. Alaska's other win was Friday's 9-1 rout of the Oregon Chaos.


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