The Thunder Mountain Falcons put a scare into defending champion Juneau-Douglas at the Region V baseball championships in Petersburg on Thursday. Briefly.
The Falcons held a 1-0 lead after two complete innings of play, but with two runners on base Crimson Bears senior Josh Magnuson hit a high fly ball that floated over the fence for a three RBI shot that put JDHS up 3-1.
The Falcons run came in the top of the second as Gus Swanton drew a walk from Crimson Bears’ starter Tanner Petrie. Swanton promptly stole second and then third base.
With one out the Falcons’ Martin Conchas-Michel hit a deep sacrifice fly to center scoring Swanton.
The Crimson Bears threatened in their half of the inning as Ryan Kelly led off with a double. Courtesy runner Kellen Johanssen stole third and the play sent the ball into left field. Falcons fielder Matt Cunningham threw out Johansen at the plate.
In the fourth the Falcons scored one run on a JDHS error.
“The good teams are able to limit the errors and not let them affect you,” JDHS coach Shelden Winters said. “We did a good job of not getting down on each other.”
Petrie pitched six innings and Pusich finished the seventh.
“Just as important as the home runs were the little hits,” Winters said.
Petrie hit a single in the fourth. A bunt by Pusich moved him over. Brenden Winters singled. Christian Gould walked, Baseden walked and Lance hit a grand slam. Kyle Gould then blasted a long shot.
“It was the small details that did it,” Winters said of the 11-4 win over the Falcons.
Sitka beat Ketchikan 10-9 in nine innings. JDHS plays Sitka today at four p.m. and the winner qualifies for the state tournament.
The Crimson Bears still have their top two pitchers, Lance Ibesate and Josh Magnuson, in the bullpen ready to throw.