The Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team put up seven runs in their first chance at bat against the Thunder Mountain boys and cruised to a 11-1 win in five-innings on Tuesday night at Adair Kennedy Field.
“It was an absolute team win,” JDHS coach Will Race said. “We have been trying to get the guys to work on one thing every game. They made sure every at bat to get a hit or get on base.”
Senior Tanner Petrie (5K, 1 BB, 1 earned run) struck out two Falcons to start the game on his way to 5-K’s on the night. The Falcons’ Patrick Millay (2-3, double) hit a hard shot to second to end the inning.
“I thought he pitched very well,” Race said of Petrie. “There was no point during the game that I was not confident he would get a win. He was very commanding on the mound.”
Senior Jackson Lehnhart (3-3, 3 singles, 2 RBI) hit a single to start the Crimson Bears night. Pitches hit the next four batters as Falcons’ hurler Jackson Pavitt (1K, 2 earned runs) struggled with control.
Christian (1-2, single, 2 runs scored) and Kyle Gould (0-1, walk, steal, 1 run) got the first plunks to load the bases and Petrie 0-1, walk) was hit to score Lehnhart, and Nathan Klein (1-2, 3 RBI, 1 run) was struck to score C. Gould for a 2-0 lead.
Kurt Vandor (1-3, single, 2 RBI) hit a 2-run single for a 4-0 lead. The Falcons caught a JDHS runner off the base at third for the first out.
JDHS’ Jeffrey Pusich r(2-3, 2 singles) reached first on an error that scored another run and Tal Norvell (1-2, RBI) doubled to bring Pusich in for the 6-0 lead. Lehnhart singled in Norvell for the 7-0 first inning advantage.
Petrie recorded his third strike out of the night in the second inning, sandwiched between two C. Gould fielding catches. Gould fielded a pop up in shallow right and then leapt to snag a line drive.
Jared Markovich came on in relief for the Falcons and totaled 6 strikeouts, three earned runs and two walks on the night.
JDHS got another run in the third inning as Pusich singled and Lehnhart rapped his second RBI of the night for an 8-0 lead.
The Falcons picked up one run in the top of the fourth as Gus Swanton (1-2) singled and scored on a Dylan Johnson (1-2, 1 RBI) single.
JDHS answered with a C. Gould single and a walk to brother Kyle. After Petrie struck out, sophomore Klein faced a two-strike count. The youngster only had one hit all last season and showed just how much he has improved this year as he sent his first varsity home run over the left field fence.
“He has a ton of potential, a lot of pop in his bat,” Race said. “Our lineup is pretty potent. Everyone hit the ball hard tonight. It was an absolute team win, from great pitching to great hitting to great base running, it was awesome. And Thunder Mountain is a good ball club and they have come a long way.”
For the Falcons, Markovich went 0-3 at the plate, Jake Tanner 0-1, RJ Markovich 1-3 with a single, Matt Cunningham 2-3 with 2 singles, and Brian Mielke 0-1.
JDHS improves to five wins and 0 losses in the Southeast Conference, Sitka is 4-0, Ketchikan 3-2, TMHS 1-4 and Petersburg 0-5.
The Crimson Bears travel to Sitka and play the Wolves on Thursday at 7 p.m., Ketchikan and Sitka again on Saturday.