Colin Brady of Hickory, NC tees off at the start of the second day of the annual WHI/SKY Cup tourney in Whitehorse July 11. Brady came up to play with the Skagway team and shot an 84, good enough to win his match. However, the Yukoners prevailed again to keep the cup on their side of the border. Jeff Hammermeister of Fairbanks, playing for Skagway, was the low golfer with a 75. JB
One more hit was all the Bamboo and Fogcutter Bar needed to avenge a loss in last year’s Women’s B Dustball division.
However, unfortunately for the women’s softball squad history ended up repeating itself and for a second straight year, the squad lost to White Pass in the B division.
With runners on the corners, the team’s final hit went straight into the glove of White Pass’ left fielder Teresa Wilson.
The out ended Bamboo’s comeback that saw them score three unanswered runs and shutout White Pass for four innings. The final score was 6-4.
“We played really good defence, but we just couldn’t hit the ball,” said Bear’s third baseman Amy Dunbar.
Two quick outs against White Pass started the game, but with chants of ‘two out rally’ coming from the bench, the Skagway team went to work.
Three singles loaded the bases and then one more single by Jen Funkhouser off the glove of Bamboo’s short stop gave her team a 2-0 lead. A pop up to Dunbar ended the top half of the first.
The Skagwayans showed off their skills on defence when Megan Banner made a jumping catch on third base and then fired the ball to second baseman Sheena Lindholm, completing the double play. A foul ball on two strikes ended the inning.
White Pass once again capitalized in the second with the bases loaded, thanks to a clutch hit that drove in two more runs. The Bar, who were playing out of Haines, AK, got a run back in the second, thanks to a single by Jeanne Blancer.
However, for a third straight inning White Pass chipped in a pair of runs and had a 6-1 advantage, heading into the bottom of the third.
Bamboo’s rally began in the fourth and was once again courtesy of the small ball. The group scored a couple of runs on four singles.
Haines pitcher Reba Hylton shut down White Pass’ offence for a second straight inning and Abby Jones drove the ball deep into centre field, driving in the Bamboo’s fourth run.
Unfortunately for Jones, she got caught in a run down after trying to make it home on the play, ending the inning.
With the bases loaded in the seventh, Hylton got the final White Pass to fly out to end the inning.
The ball game ended shortly after with Wilson’s catch in left field.
“She just hit it right to me, I didn’t have to move too. It was perfect,” said Wilson, adding it was a relief that she didn’t have to chase it down.
Wilson admitted her team was a little nervous about the comeback.
“We were definitely excited and everybody is always nervous, but it makes for a better game,” she said. “They are a very strong team and it was up in the air, it could have been either team.”
She credited the win to her team’s chemistry.
“We have been playing as a team lately and it just came together, everybody is backing everybody up,” Wilson said. “Everybody is playing as team, nobody is out there for themselves and it worked really well.”
White Pass’ record was 4-2 this past weekend.
Skagway doesn’t have a women’s softball league, so every year its players that are interested and who can get the time off work form a group, Wilson said. It draws on players from the co-ed teams.
This year a little more than half the players were returning, including Wilson, who said they come to Dustball every year for the enjoyment of playing.
Despite hoping to be in the A final, Wilson said there was some good competition in B.
“The teams were strong in B, it’s really nice when everyone is kind of even and there is good competition,” she said. “They were tough.”
The win capped off a perfect weekend for Skagway teams. The men’s team, Chico’s Bail Bonds, thumped the Pioneer Bar team from Haines 26-5 to win the C division.
The Skagway coed softball season continues with games on Fridays and Mondays. The season-ending league tourney begins on Aug. 8.
New canoe/kayak race Discovery Day weekend
Yukon 360 will run on the Teslin-Yukon to Carmacks
The new Yukon 360 is a unique race in that will take place on different rivers in the Yukon each year on Discovery Day Weekend.
This year, the Yukon 360 will start in Johnson's Crossing on Aug. 15 and end in Carmacks, incorporating stretches of both the Teslin and Yukon Rivers. Teams will be required to use SPOT devices which track the progress of teams (see?http://findmespot.com). They also must stop and camp when it gets dark. To sign up, go to yukon1000.com.
Next year’s plan is to move the Yukon 360 race to the Pelly River.
The SPOT technology is currently in use on the inaugural Yukon 1000, which started Monday in Whitehorse. Seventeen teams are paddling on the Yukon River from there to the Dalton Highway bridge north of Fairbanks. They must log in constantly and are required to stop and camp each night for at least six hours. Winners are expected at the Dalton crossing in a week or more, while the back of the pack could take up to two weeks.