WHS/SKY Cup comes back to Skagway!

Skagway captain Mitch Snyder holds aloft the WHS/SKY Cup handed over by Whitehorse captain Gary Acorn. The Skagway team, with the help of a Carolina sodaman, a couple Juneau shopkeepers, and some Yukon transfers, held on to post a 17-15 victory after two days of match play in Whitehorse July 9-10. Above, Stan Selmer watches John Tronrud putt the clincher for Team Skagway. Below, Mitch Malchow shows off his USA ball (inset) at the first tee. And bottom, border brothers in golf, Dave Hecker and Dan Henry, and the team celebrates. Jeff Brady


Oh, so close

Diving catch ends Chico’s A dreams

The Skagway men’s team, Chico’s Bail Bonds, nearly pulled off a huge upset in the finals of the prestigious A division at the annual Dustball Tournament in Whitehorse.
Based on its pool play, the Skagway team was elevated to the A division for the first time in many years, and won its way to the championship game against the P&M Recycling Young Guns, which had been in the finals for six straight years.
The Skagway team took the lead early by two runs, but fell behind in the second inning.
“That was a pretty good finish to Dustball,” Guns first baseman Mike Tuton told the Whitehorse Star. “It was (Chico’s Bail Bonds) first time in it — they were aways in B before — and they gave us a good game. They’re a really good hitting team, so that forced us to respond.”
The Guns hit three 3-run homers to rally, but Chico’s never gave up, pulling to within a run in the final inning, said Skagway’s John “O’D” O’Daniel.
Chico’s had an opportunity to tie the game or take the lead in the seventh inning, but a diving stop by Tuton of a Skagway line drive resulted in the final out and a 14-13 win for the Young Guns.
In the women’s A division, Skagway’s White Pass & Yukon Route team took third place.
Earlier this month, during Skagway’s International 4th of July Tournament, Kappler Computers from Juneau won the A division, scoring 6 runs in the final inning to beat Pine Plumbing from Whitehorse. Skagway’s Hambones finished third in A, said tournament director Cindy O’Daniel.
Wounded Deere from Whitehorse beat JAT from Whitehorse 12-7 in the B championship, and Skagway’s Brew Co. took third. The Panthers team which consists mostly of kids who attend Skagway School (only a few recent graduates) participated in the tournament for the first time. They took fourth in the B division. – JB

CAPTION: Chico’s celebrates making runner-up in A. Photo by Shanna Tadic

NOTE: The Skagway Coed Softball season concludes Aug. 5-7 with the season-ending tournament. See schedule in Calendar.