Juneau-Douglas junior Tanner Petrie is the second Crimson Bears’ pitcher this week to join the historic “No Hitter” club with a seven-inning masterpiece to blank the Ketchikan Kings 3-0 at Adair Kennedy Field on Thursday.
“I just wanted to help the team,” Petrie said. “This feels great but we have to come back the rest of the season and stay focused. I just want to keep helping the team.”
Ketchikan only put one runner on base and he reached on an error in the fifth inning. Shortstop Lance Ibesate fielded a ground ball from the next batter, doubled off the runner and fired to first base to complete the play.
The Crimson Bears left seven batters stranded but gave Petrie his winning run in the first inning. Senior Josh Magnuson singled and scored later in the inning on junior Jeffrey Pusich’s sacrifice ground ball.
JDHS added two more runs in the third inning. Junior Tod Baseden reached on a single to the outfield and scored on senior Ryan Kelly’s single; and senior Jackson Lehnhart scored on Petrie’s single.
“It was a great baseball game,” JDHS coach Shelden Winters said. “A great defensive ball game with the added bonus of a no-hitter.”
Petrie no joins the ranks of Crimson Bears’ Zack Mixson (against Prince of Wales in 2005), Clae Baker (gave up just one walk in the 2007 state tournament semi-final against North Pole), and current teammate Lance Ibesate (blanked TMHS on Tuesday 13-0). It should also be noted that JDHS senior softball pitcher Ashli Kikendall joined the no-hitter ranks in an 18-2 stomping of the Palmer Moose last week
Pitching coach Sean Bavard was calling the pitches and senior Ryan Kelly caught the game.
“I followed coach Bavard 100 percent,” Petrie said. “Sean was a great pitcher here and has good instinct. I really wasn’t thinking about the no-hitter through the first five innings, I kept it in my head but didn’t want to jinx myself. I just looked down the alley at Ryan Kelly and focused, he and I have worked together a lot.”
The Crimson Bears (7-3) are starting to bring the mound power to the ballpark just in time for the Region V playoffs next weekend.
They face Sitka (7-1) today at 6 p.m. on Adair Kennedy Field. At noon on Saturday is the Crimson Bears senior recognition game against Ketchikan.
The Thunder Mountain Falcons dropped an earlier game to Ketchikan 7-0.
Falcons’ pitcher RJ Markovich threw well but got little defensive or offensive support according to TMHS coach Bill McCauley.
“Any team that pitches a shut out I will tip my hat to,” McCauley said. “We got shut out. RJ threw well for us but we were flat. It happens. We played some good ball lately but we have struggled with consistency.”
The Falcons have three wins, as does Ketchikan. The Falcons have a double header with Sitka on Saturday at 3 and 6 p.m. at Adair Kennedy. The 6 p.m. game is the Falcons senior recognition.
The current Region V tourney bracket has the number one seed (Sitka) getting a bye and awaiting the winner of four-seed (KTN/TMHS) vs. five-seed Craig. On the other side of the bracket the two-seed (JDHS) plays seven-seed Wrangell and three-seed (KTN/TMHS) plays six-seed Petersburg. JDHS and TMHS can both improve their standings with wins today and tomorrow. The Region V tournament in Petersburg next week is a double elimination tournament.