Twenty six Crimson Bears stepped to the plate in the bottom of the first inning as Juneau-Douglas scored 20 runs, rolling to 24-0 pasting of Petersburg in the final game of the opening day of the Region V Baseball Tournament at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.
Top-seeded JDHS faces No. 3 Sitka at 6 p.m. today in the double-elimination tourney bracket. The Wolves defeated No. 2 Ketchikan 21-6 earlier in the day Thursday.
No. 5 Petersburg plays the winner of today’s 10:30 a.m. matchup between Ketchikan and No. 4 Thunder Mountain. The first two games Friday are loser-out contests, and the winner of the 6 p.m. game automatically qualifies for the state tournament. Juneau-Douglas is the defending region and state champion.
Lance Ibesate led off the first-inning onslaught with an infield single for the Bears before stealing second. Justin Brooks was hit by a pitch, and James San Miguel scored Ibesate with a single. Ryan Kelly laced a two-run double into the corner in left to make it 3-0.
Miles Bedford reached on an error as Kelly took third. Bedford then stole second, and Damon Ludwig drew a walk to load the bases. Alex Campbell was hit by a pitch to score Kelly, and Brendan Daugherty smacked a two-run single to score Bedford and courtesy runner McLean Cannon. Eric Fagerstrom followed with an RBI single to score Campbell.
Leadoff hitter Ibesate was hit by a pitch in his second at-bat of the inning, chasing Petersburg starter Dan Loucks with nobody out and the bases loaded once again. Justin Brooks struck out for the first out of the inning, but Daugherty and Fagerstrom each scored on wild pitches as Ibesate ended up at third.
San Miguel drew a walk and Kelly was hit by a pitch to load the bases again, setting the table for Bedford, who lined a two-run single to right for an 11-0 Bears lead.
Daugherty singled to drive in Bedford and Cannon scored on a single by Fagerstrom. Campbell then went home on a sacrifice fly by Ibesate for the second out and a walk to pinch hitter Josh Magnuson again loaded the bases, but not for long as San Miguel drove in two runs with a double to center.
Cannon then came on to pinch hit for Kelly with runners at second and third, ripping an RBI single up the middle to score Magnuson. Bedford then cleared the bases with a single to left for the final runs of the inning.
By the end of the first, JDHS tallied 20 runs on 13 hits with 4 walks and four hit batters.
The Crimson Bears then added three more runs in the second, and one in the fourth before the game was called because of the 10-run mercy rule.