The Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears baseball team took the first step towards defending their Region V championship; a first giant step.
The Crimson Bears mercy ruled Wrangell 10-0 in the opening day of the conference tournament at Petersburg.
JDHS threw five pitchers. Jeff Pusich in the first, Tal Norvell in the second, Christian Gould in the third, Lance Ibesate in the fourth and Josh Magnuson in the fifth.
Kellen Johansen hit a walk off home run to end the game.
“Basically we just wanted to get some players experience on the Petersburg mound,” JDHS coach Shelden Winters said.
The JDHS boys went undefeated in conference last season and won the region tournament. Their only conference loss was a 2-1 set back in the semifinals to Sitka, after which they came from the losers bracket, winning three come-from-behind games in one day (Kayhi, Sitka and Sitka) to win the Southeast Conference Tournament and clinch the number one seed at state. The boys were dubbed the “Comeback Crimson Bears.”
This year they have started as men.