SOLSTICE WEEKEND

Skagway celebrated the longest day of the year with all manner of festivities, ranging from feasts to games.

Trippe Baker admires the roasted pig that he helped serve to at the annual Elks Solstice Picnic. Earlier, Airk Cochran watches teammate Jestine Ellis, with red pony tail flying, knock down a hard-hit grounder, and recover to pick up the ball and still get the Haines batter out at first. The Yankees, Mariners and Cardinals all posted wins in the annual cross-canal meeting of Haines and Skagway Little League teams. - JB

SOFTBALL REPORT

Members of the A champion Hambones surprise captain Cindy O’Daniel with a champagne dunking. Photos by Ani Drozdowska

Hambones win A division at 4th Tourney
Juneau’s Kappler knocks off Vigilantes for B title

By ANI DROZDOWSKA
As the last Skagway Air flight curved over Seven Pastures, the 4th of July International Softball Tournament was once again underway.
Seven Whitehorse teams, four from Skagway, two from Juneau and one Haines team took the fields Friday, June 29, for round-robin competition for division and bracket ranking.
The tournament concluded with Division A championship awarded to Hamilton Construction, after a 5-0 win against B&S Plumbing. They played solid innings throughout the weekend.
This is the third championship for the Hambones, and the only back-to-back win since the tournament began, in the early 1990s. Division B championship went to Kappler from Juneau after a 13-5 win against Skagway’s Vigilantes.
During Skagway’s coed softball season, it’s a nice diversion to play in a tournament. The locals stick together, and although each team wanted to win, many players stayed to cheer on other Skagway teams.
“It’s nice to see Skagway win the championship,” admitted Jed Greenstreet, shortstop for B&S.
All and all, the feeling on the fields was relaxed and teams were in a good mood.
“This is my favorite tournament,” ASA Umpire Carl Lewis said after the championship.
The entire weekend went well. Cindy O’Daniel again organized a first-rate tournament, the concessions hit the spot and the city’s maintenance of the fields was greatly appreciated

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Nikki Bunting of Skagway’s Moe’s Frontier Bar team leaps high to catch a throw from shortstop Joe Coveno, landing on the bag to make the out against the Whitehorse Fireballs.