The JDHS Crimson Bears completed a busy weekend of baseball made up of 10 games between its varsity and two JV teams. The varsity boys made it a clean series sweep by winning 3 games against Chugiak by the scores of 11-2, 6-4, and 6-1. Pitching was the highlight of the series for the Crimson Bears. In the opening tilt, Lance Ibesate dominated the game from the bump, striking out 10 out of 18 Mustang batters in five innings, giving up just one earned run. Ryan Kelly pitched the final two innings giving up 3 hits and1 unearned run. Seven Crimson Bears had hits in the game, with the loudest being a bases loaded, two-out double by freshman Nathan Klein, driving in all three runners. Ibesate was 2 for three at the plate, Tod Baseden and Tal Novel both were 2 for 4.
In the second game, Junior Tanner Petrie faced 15 batters in 4 innings, giving up just one earned run while striking out six. Kyle Gould came in relief to pitch the final three innings, facing 14 batters, striking out 5 and giving up one earned run. In the fifth inning, Gould pitched out of a bases loaded jam created by Crimson Bear errors. The Bears’ bats were quieter this game, facing Chugiak’s ace who held JDHS to four hits. Ibesate led the team with another 2 for 3 performance. Brenden Winters led off the second with a triple and scored; then in the next inning knocked in two runs with a hard shot to short stop causing a miscue. Kyle Gould had JDHS’ only other hit.
In the third and final game the Bears played a near perfect game allowing only 1 unearned run on 2 hits while committing only 1 error. Again pitching was the showcase with Jeffrey Pusich hurling five innings, and retiring the side in order in three of them. Pusich gave up two hits and 1 unearned run. Freshmen Klein then held the Chugiak varsity to zeros runs in the final two innings of relief.
Ibesate was the leading hitter for the series going 5 – 8. JDHS also stole 15 bases.
The JDHS swing team comprised of both varsity and JV players also went undefeated against Chugiak, winning by the scores of 13-0, 13-2, and 11-1. Christian Gould was the winning pitcher in 2 games and Kurt Vandor the other winner. Tal Norvell pitched in all three games for a total of 6 innings, striking out 14 of the 24 batters he faced. The leading hitters were: Tanner Petrie 5 for 8, Tal Norvell 5 for 10, Nathan Klein 5 for 10 and Kellen Johansen 3 for 8.
Meanwhile the JV boys were busy in Ketchikan with a loss to Ketchikan JV’s; a split of two games against Craig Varsity and a 10-9 squeaker victory over Petersburg’s varsity. Jack Withington hit a grand slam and Christian Rodriguez, in his first year of baseball, also hit a home run. Head coach Sheldon Winters credited the consistency of the Crimson Bear program to the strength of their JV program with an emphasis on playing games.
“Win, lose or draw, there was a lot of Crimson Bear baseball played this weekend, and that’s what its all about,” he said.
The Bears are at home this Tuesday against Thunder Mountain at Adair Kennedy. The JV game starts at 4:00 with the Varsity slated to begin at 7:00.