Juneau-Douglas ace Miles Bedford was dealin’ on Thursday.
The Crimson Bears’ senior southpaw struck out eight of the first nine hitters he faced before finishing with 16 punch outs in a 6-2 win over rival Ketchikan at Adair-Kennedy Memorial park.
And James San Miguel supplied the fireworks at the plate.
Already leading 2-0 in the second inning with two on, San Miguel smoked the second pitch he saw into a tree branch over the scoreboard in centerfield for 5-0 JDHS lead, and the Crimson Bears cruised to the finish line.
Ryan Kelly got things going with an infield single, and Bedford doubled to right-center. Tal Norvell laced a line-drive, two-RBI double into the gap in left-center, and then took third on a wild pitch. Kyle Gould drew a two-out walk, setting the table for San Miguel’s monster blast and a 5-0 JDHS lead after two innings.
The Kings got two runs back in the third after Jesse Lindgren reached on a throwing error on Bedford — probably his only bad throw of the game. Kenny Hamilton then followed with a single up the middle to break up the no-hitter, and Brien Auger drove in Lindgren with a single to left.
Williams took third and Auger second on a throwing error, and a Connor Fitzerald sacrifice fly made it a 5-2 ball game.
The Kings threatened again in the fifth, loading the bases with just one out. But Bedford worked Hamilton to a full count before promptly sitting him down with a fastball, and Alex Williams grounded out to first to end the threat.
Bedford then reached first on a fielder’s choice, and Eric Fagerstrom checked in to provide some comedy relief as a courtesy runner. Fagerstrom stole second easily and the errant throw rolled all the way to the fence in centerfield. Fagerstrom jumped up, took off and motored around third, only to trip and somersault back to his feet before trotting home for the Bears’ final run.
Bedford then sat down Williams on strikes in the sixth before striking out the side in the seventh.
JDHS hosts Sitka at 7:30 p.m. today, and takes on Thunder Mountain on at 3 p.m. Saturday.
Ketchikan and Sitka square off at Adair-Kennedy at 4:30 p.m. today, and Sitka faces Thunder Mountain at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday to finish off the weekend’s baseball homestand.