Juneau’s Post 25 baseball team split their opening road trip double-header with Kenai Post 20 in American Legion action on Wednesday in Anchorage, winning 13-10 in a nine-inning slugfest and falling 3-0 in a seven-inning pitching duel.
Juneau scored 4 runs in the first inning of game one as Tod Baseden (1-5, 1 RBI, 2 RS, 1 BB) singled, Kellen Johansen 0-3, 1 RBI, 3 RS, 3 BB) walked and Tal Norvell (3-6, 3 RS) singled to load the bases. Christian Gould (1-3, 3 RBI, 2 RS, 1 BB) was hit by a pitch and brought in Baseden. RJ Markovich (0-4, 1 RBI, 2 BB) walked to score Johansen and Petrie reached on an error, scoring Norvell. Patrick Millay (0-3, 1 RBI, 1 RS) hit a sacrifice fly to score Gould.
Juneau added 3 more in the second as Johansen walked, Norvell reached on an error and Gould was hit by a pitch. Kurt Vandor (0-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB) reached on an error that scored Johansen and Norvell scored in the action. Petrie hit a sacrifice fly to score Gould.
Kenai got on the scoreboard in the top of the third with 2 runs of their own.
Juneau added another four runs in the fifth as Petrie doubled, Millay reached on an error, Matt Cunningham (3-5, 1 RS) singled and Baseden rounded out scoring Petrie. Johansen grounded out scoring Millay and Cunningham scored on an error. Novell singled, Gould walked and Markovich reached on an error that put Norvell at home during the ensuing action.
Kenai scored seven runs in the sixth inning to close within 11-9 but Juneau retaliated with two of their own as Gould and Johansen scored. Kenai added a final run in the eighth.
Juneau’s 13 runs came on nine hits and seven errors; Kenai’s 10 runs were on 14 hits with just one Juneau error.
Dylan Johnson went five innings, throwing 86 pitches with 57 strikes (3 K, 2 BB, 9 R, 8 H), Markovich relieved (46-30, 2 K, 1 BB, 1 R, 6 H) for two innings and Norvell closed the final inning (23-12, 1 K, 2 BB).
Juneau’s Norvell (82-62, 3 K, 3 R, 6 H) put in a quality effort from the mound in game two but Post 25 found just five hits on the night in the 3-0 loss. Kenai’s B. Mahle struck out five and walked one, throwing 87 pitches with 58 strikes.
Cunningham, Markovich, Gould, Norvell and Johansen all had 1 hit.
Kenai scored two runs in the first inning and one in the next.
Juneau faces Chugiak Post 33 tonight at 6:30 p.m.