The Juneau-Douglas senior baseball players were honored on Saturday after a win over topped seeded Sitka on Friday and before a win over Ketchikan.
The group has been together since before a Gastineau Channel Little League major’s division championship all-star win over Craig on Prince of Wales Island, and from the time they shared the dugout as teammates on the GCLL Tee-Ball team Giants.
Shortstop and second baseman Lance Ibesate (number 2) likes steak, hanging with his homies, the Seattle Mariners, the movie Dark Knight, the song Keep it Gee, business class and baseball. Ibesate (Ibby2 to teammates) hopes to play at college and his most memorable moment is going 21-0 sophomore season and winning the state championship.
“We are really excited,” Ibesate said. “It is the last time on this field. It has been a pleasure playing with them my whole life.”
First baseman and catcher Ryan Kelly (13) likes Bullwinkle’s Pizza, the move Step Brothers, the song Can’t Be touched, baseball and baseball camp, Mr. Potter’s calculus, and the New York Yankees. Kelly (R Kells) plans to attend OIT and become a Civil Engineer. Winning state his sophomore year is also his fondest Crimson Bears memory.
Pitcher, second baseman and outfielder Josh Magnuson (9) like’s Pel’meni, the movie The Avengers, the song Work Hard Play Hard, gym class, baseball and Frolfing (an activity he will explain) and the Seattle Mariners. Magnuson (Deadly - per assistant coach Frank Barthel) plans to attend college in Oregon and play baseball. His most memorable moment was his first home run his junior year.
Third baseman and pitcher Brenden Winters (8) likes king crab, the movies Step Brothers and Blades of Glory and Borat, the song Faded, the P.E. Teachers Assistant class, and skiing and baseball, and the Arizona Diamondbacks. Winters (NB, Genden, Bwints) plans to attend Washington State University. Winters most memorable Crimson Bears moments are chilling with the bros.
“It is nice,” Winters said of playing for head coach, and father, Shelden. “He gives me tips at home on baseball and I get to apply to the game. We definitely talk a lot about baseball. And playing with this team has been really good. We get a good bond going. We have been playing in all stars and on teams since little league.”
Christian Rodriguez (21) likes pizza, the movie Scarface, the song Spanish Music, Alaska History class, baseball, football and boxing, going to movies with friends and the Miami Marlins. Rodriguez (Chris) plans to attend college. His most memorable moments are playing sports with teammates.
Taylor Swofford (28, 53) likes Mac & cheese, the movie The Rookie, and basketball. His favorite class is one occurring off campus and his favorite thing to do in Juneau is sleep. His favorite baseball team is the Crimson Bears and he planes to go to Oak Hills Christian College. His most memorable moment is his first high school hit freshman year.
The Crimson Bears nine nicked conference-leading Sitka on Friday night 5-4.
A two-out rally in the first inning put the Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team in the drivers seat and a seventh-inning rally by the Sitka Wolves fell a point short as the Crimson Bears won the one-point thriller at Adair Kennedy Field.
Sitka struck the first blow as Devin Romane tripled and then scored on a Brian Way fly ball to deep right field in the first inning. JDHS came back in their half of the inning when, with two out, Kyle Gould reached first, Magnuson reached on an error, Kelly reached, Petrie singled in a run and Christian Gould singled in two more. Jackson Lehnhart then singled in the fourth run of the inning.
The Crimson Bears scored took a 5-1 lead in the fourth inning. Winters reached on an error, Lehnhart singled and Baseden scarified the runners another base along. K. Gould than singled the fifth run across with a blast into left field.
JDHS stopped a rally in the sixth as the Wolves scored one run.
In the seventh relief pitcher Norvell walked AJ Inman and singles by Hill and Belley filled the bases. Norvell struck out the next hitter but Romey singled in two for the wolves drawing them within 5-4. Bellay than got caught between a hard ground ball and a run down with Kyle Gould who flipped it to Ibesate for the tag out.
On senior night the Crimson Bears topped Ketchikan 12-2. A Lehnhart singled ended the game by mercy rule in the sixth. Kelly went 3-4 with 4 RBI’s, Magnuson 2-4 with 5 RBI’s. Magnuson’s blast with the bases loaded in the fourth scored three runs and gave momentum to the Crimson Bears. Kelly drove in runs in the 4th, 5th and 6th innings. Jeffrey Pusich earned the complete game win on the mound.
JDHS finishes the regular season 9-3 in southeast and 12-3 in the state. They now play in the Region V tournament beginning Wednesday. JDHS is the second seed and will face seventh seeded Wrangell at 5 p.m.