Juneau-Douglas sent its seniors out in style Saturday with an 11-1, five-inning win over Thunder Mountain to finish off a successful three-game homestand still without a blemish in Southeast Conference play.
The Crimson Bears beat Ketchikan 6-2 on Thursday and pounded Sitka 10-0 on Friday before knocking off the crosstown Falcons to close the business portion of their weekend before attending prom.
It was the last regular season home game for the Juneau-Douglas seniors, and a junior picked up the win on the hill.
Lance Ibesate pitched four innings of three-hit baseball, striking out two with no walks.
“Our rivals, Thunder Mountain, they’re a good, young team and we couldn’t come out and take them lightly,” Ibesate said. “I thought I did pretty well on the mound and my team helped me out behind me.
“The seniors, they’ve been through a lot and had really good seasons the past few years. I wish them luck in the future,” he continued. “But this last few days has been good for us to build momentum. We still have a job to do in Ketchikan and Sitka, and we’re going to keep working and keep grinding every day.”
James San Miguel started the scoring for JDHS with a two-out triple to the corner in left, and Ryan Kelly drove him in with an opposite-field RBI single. Courtesy runner Eric Fagerstrom stole second and took third on a wild pitch, and scored on a missed liner to left by Alex Campbell after left fielder Dylan Johnson couldn’t make the catch. Miles Bedford then stepped up and delivered his fourth straight RBI single in as many at-bats, carried over from Friday’s game against Sitka, and the Bears led 3-0 after an inning.
JDHS added two more in the third. San Miguel was hit by a pitch and Campbell drew a one-out walk. The runner moved over on stolen bases and Bedford ripped a ground-rule double for his fifth straight base hit and fifth and sixth RBIs, pushing the Bears ahead 5-0 after three.
The Bears tacked on six more in the fourth after a one-out double by McLean Cannon, and a single right back at the pitcher by Ibesate. Justin Brooks drove them both in with an RBI double to center before stealing third and then scoring on a wild pitch by the newly inserted Brandon Chappelle.
San Miguel reached on an error, stole second and went to third on a wild pitch, and then scored on an RBI single to right by Kelly, his second single and RBI of the day. Fagerstrom, the courtesy runner, stole second again and then scored on another RBI double by Bedford. Doogan then scored Bedford with an RBI single and six runs and six hits later, Juneau-Douglas took an 11-0 lead into the fifth as the seniors gave the crowd a tip of the cap before taking a seat on the bench in their final regular season home game.
Thunder Mountain avoided the shutout with an unearned run in the fifth. Josh Magnuson took over on the hill and struck out the side to end the game, but not before giving up single to John Correa. Correa went to second on a passed ball and scored when a throw to second for a force out of Brian Mielke was high.
JDHS finished up with 11 runs on 11 hits, including another perfect day at the plate for Bedford, who was 3-for-3 with two doubles and four RBIs.
For Brooks, it was his second senior night of the year after playing football in the fall.
“This is something you wait for all through high school,” Brooks said. “You finally get the realization that it’s your last year and there won’t be much more after this. You have to cherish it.”
Bears pound Sitka, 10-0
Juneau-Douglas’ hot bats continued to pound out hits Friday, and the Crimson Bears scorched the Sitka Wolves 10-0 in five innings at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.
And the Bears’ pitching hasn’t been too shabby, either. Twenty four hours after lefty Miles Bedford struck out 16 Ketchikan Kings in a 6-2 win, right-hander James San Miguel pitched five innings of one-hit, shutout baseball as JDHS marched on undefeated in Southeast Conference play.
After Sitka gave up 10 runs in the fifth inning in a 10-8 loss to Ketchikan in the opener Friday, it didn’t take Juneau-Douglas long to touch up the Wolves. Lance Ibesate poked a leadoff single to right, stole second and moved over on a groundout by Kyle Gould before scoring on a wild pitch.
San Miguel and Alex Campbell drew walks to pout, and Ryan Kelly tagged an RBI single up the middle for a 2-0 lead. Miles Bedford then added another run for the Bears with an RBI single to left, and JDHS led 3-0 after one inning of play.
The Bears plated another run in the fourth after a leadoff double to the fence in left by Kelly, his second hit of the night. Courtesy runner Eric Fagerstrom took third on a passed ball and scored on an RBI single to left by Bedford, his second single and RBI of the game.
Juneau-Douglas led off the fifth with back-to-back single by Gould and San Miguel, and loaded the bases with after Brooks reached on an error.
With the bases juiced and nobody out, Campbell sent everybody home with a double down in the right-field line all the way to the fence. Campbell took third on a wild pitch and scored on Bedford’s third RBI single of the night.
Brendan Daugherty drew a walk to chase Sitka starter Cole Venneberg. His replacement, Brian Way, then hit pinch hitter Ryan Doogan to load the bases again with just one out. Ibesate then ended the game with a two-run double off the glove of the third baseman.