One of the goals put forth for the Juneau-Douglas baseball team this season was to win the conference in Sheldon Winters’ first year as manager.
The Crimson Bears can check that one off the list after an 11-run, two-out explosion in the seventh inning sent the defending state champs to a 19-5 win over Ketchikan on the Kings’ senior night. The victory clinched the Southeast Conference crown.
“It was really exciting, in front of a huge crowd and under the lights on their senior night,” Winters said. “They knew they needed to beat us to stay in the running for the conference.”
Miles Bedford pitched seven innings for the win and racked up eight strikeouts in another strong performance by the staff ace.
Lance Ibesate went 2-for-4 with two home runs, James San Miguel went 3-for-5 with a homer and Josh Magnuson hit two doubles in the seventh inning to lead the Crimson Bears to the clinching win.
Winters said JDHS went up 7-0 before Ketchikan stormed back to close the gap to 7-5. Then the seventh happened.
“It was just one hit after another, just shock and awe,” Winters said. “Our first goal was to play fundamental baseball this season, and our second was to win the conference.
“We did that (Friday) and we’re going to enjoy it the next couple of days.”