The Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears and Thunder Mountain Falcons provided another thriller on Saturday at the Region V baseball championships in Ketchikan.
JDHS pulled out a 3-2 win on an eighth inning solo home run by Tanner Petrie.
The blast was Petrie’s second of the tournament and lifted the Crimson Bears into the state tournament and ended the Falcons season.
The Crimson Bears scored two runs in the first inning and the Falcons one and the score held through the fourth.
Jared Markovich led the Falcons on the mound and Nathan Klein threw for the Bears.
TMHS’ Jake Tanner hit a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game and force an extra set of outs. Patrick Millay had hit past the Crimson Bears’ pitcher and stole second to set up the hit by Tanner.
After Petrie’s eighth-inning blast the Crimson Bears fought a game Falcons’ team down to the wire.
With two outs the Falcons’ RJ Markovich singled and Jared Markovich came to the plate. The Crimson Bears brought in Kurt Vandor to get the final out on a ground ball.
“Nathan pitched lights out,” JDHS coach Will Race said. “Both team’s pitchers did.”
The Crimson Bears then needed to win two games against Ketchikan to take the region title but the Kings took the first game, and the Region V championship, 7-1.
“Our first game went late,” Race said. “No excuses, this is southeast baseball. We are really excited to be going up to state along with Ketchikan. We have some things to work on. We left a lot of guys on base and didn’t get timely hits. But we have a solid pitching staff going into state and the team feels pretty confident.”