Juneau-Douglas senior pitcher Josh Magnuson outdueled Thunder Mountain junior Jackson Pavitt in a Tuesday chill thrill at Adair Kennedy Baseball Field.
Magnuson threw a complete game, allowing just one hit and striking out six Falcons’ batters while walking none.
“It was nice to see Josh put together a game like that,” JDHS coach Shelden Winters said. “When he pitches like that we are a very tough team to beat.”
Magnuson did hit one batter, Thunder Mountain’s Chris Luck in the second inning. Luck was the only Falcons player to reach base as he also drilled a lead off single in the seventh inning to represent the tying run. Magnuson then got Gus Swanton to line out to JDHS third baseman Brenden Winters, and Patrick Millay to fly out, before throwing his final strikes of the night.
TMHS’ Pavitt was almost as deadly on the mound, striking out 2 and allowing just four hits. Pavitt also walked one and hit two batters.
“Both pitchers set the tone right off the bat with some quick innings,” TMHS coach Matt Greely said. “It just kind of stayed that way the whole game.”
JDHS got their first run in the fourth inning as senior Lance Ibesate singled up the middle and then stole second base. Junior Kyle Gould singled and senior Ryan Kelly was hit by a pitch to load the bases.
Magnuson helped his own cause with a sacrifice that scored Ibesate. The hit could have easily been a multiple run shot but Falcons’ third baseman Camden Thomas made a full extension dive to pick up the shot and force out Kelly at second.
The Falcons then got a great double play to stop any more damage as Swanton picked up a sharp grounder off a Pavitt first pitch and flipped it to Ben Bullock at second who turned it to Jared Markovich at first.
“That was a point of the game that could have turned into a big inning,” Greely said. “Our focus is just improving in ever facet of the game every day, whether practice or game. Just being accountable for how you play the game. As a whole it is showing in how we play.”
The Crimson Bears got their second run in the fifth. Ibesate singled and reached third on a fielder’s choice that left junior Tod Baseden safe. Baseden stole second base and the throw went wide with Ibesate scoring.
JDHS and TMHS travel to Sitka this Thursday through Saturday, with Ketchikan in the mix.
“It was great to see the hometown fans come out and support both ball clubs tonight,” Greely added.