Juneau Midnight Suns Post 25 American Legion ace pitcher Tanner Petrie improved to 4-0 on the season with another complete game 9-1 league win on Saturday at Ketchikan. Juneau also beat Ketchikan 9-7 in nightcap non-league action.
Petrie struck out 17 Ketchikan batters on the road as Post 25 continues to stay within striking distance of the Alaska Legion AA American Division leaders.
“He had a very good pitching performance,” Juneau manager Andy Macaulay said. “There were not a lot of balls that were hit.”
Juneau Post 25, however, found their rhythm at the plate scoring two runs in the top of the second inning as Grant Ainsworth walked and RJ Markovich doubled him home. Petrie singled and Finn Collins grounded out to score Markovich.
Juneau scored three runs in the fourth inning as Petrie singled, Collins reached on an error, Gus Swanton walked, and Petrie tagged up and scored on an Alex Muir fly out.
Matt Cunningham walked, Tod Baseden singled to score Collins and Swanton scored on field action.
“By the third inning the kids really started to work against Erickson, who is a really good pitcher,” Macaulay said. “We made him work hard on throwing strikes and we put the bat on the ball.”
Ketchikan’s lone run came in the bottom of the sixth inning as Colton Paulson reached on an error, advanced on Austin Eirkson’s fielder’s choice, and scored on Casey Hendricks singled.
Juneau added three runs in the top of the fifth as Markovich led off with a home run. Petrie followed with a single, Muir doubled and was replaced by courtesy runner Michael Dale, Cunningham walked, Baseden singled to score Petrie and Dale scored on field action.
Juneau’s final run game in the sixth inning as Markovich singled, Petrie walked, Swanton walked, and Muir walked to score Markovich.
Markovich returned to the Juneau lineup after a few weeks of mending a minor hamstring pull and went 3-4 with 3 runs scored and 2 runs batted in.
“He was really dialed in and hit the ball well,” Macaulay said.
Petrie also helped his cause with a 3-3 showing at the plate, scoring 2 runs and walking once.
Baseden went 2-4 (4 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K), Johansen 1-5 (1 K), Ainsworth 0-4 (1 R, 1 K), Collins 0-4 (1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K), Swanton 0-1 (1 R, 3 BB), Muir 1-2 (2 RBI, 2 BB), and Dale 1 R.
In the fourth week of the season Petrie has settled into his space on the mound and threw 118 pitches with 41 total balls called.
“Tanner kept them off balance and his off speed was working well again,” Macaulay said. “He did not give them very many good pitches to hit.”
Eirkson started for Ketchikan, throwing 92 pitches (39 balls), over four innings (5 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 3 K) and Hendricks relieved for three innings, throwing 73 pitches (37 TB, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 5 BB, 2 K, 1 HR).
For Ketchikan, Hendricks was 2-2 (1 RBI, 1 BB), and Paulson, Shawn Sande and Kadi Hallstrom had one hit apiece.
In the non-league follow up Juneau trailed 7-2 until the top of the fourth where they scored 5 runs to tie the game and rallied with 2 more runs in the top of the fifth to take a 9-7 lead.
Swanton started on the mound and went 6 innings (115 P, 44 TB, 6 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) and Jacob Thibodeau came on in the seventh to shut the door (14 P, 2 TB, 1 H, 1 K).
Cunningham went 1-5 (2 R, 2 RBI), Johansen 2-4 (3 R, 1 RBI), Ainsworth 3-5 (2 R, 1 RBI), Collins 4-5 (2 RBI), Swanton 1-5 (2 RBI), Jake Tanner 3-4 (1 RBI), Thibodeau 1-3 (1 R, 1 K), Jake Macaulay 1-4 (1 R), Dale 1-2.
Ketchikan’s Lews Owen took the loss, throwing seven innings (102 P, 31 TB, 17 H, 9 R, 9 ER, 1 K). Owen also went 2-4 (2 R), Paulson 0-2 (2 R, 1 BB), Eirkson 0-1 (1 R, 1 BB), Noah Kiny 1-2, Hendricks 0-1 (1 RBI), Alec Simmons 0-3 (1 R), Sande 2-4 (1 R, 2 RBI), Jones 1-3 (1 RBI), Spencer Erickson 1-3, Justin Covault 0-3.
With the wins Juneau moves to 8-1 in league and 11-2 overall and rests in fourth place in the American Division, Ketchikan is seventh (3-8, 4-11). Dimond leads the division, followed by Wasilla, Service, JNU, South, East, KTN, and West.
Chugiak leads the National Division, followed by Eagle River, Kenai, Bartlett, Fairbanks 30, Kodiak, Fairbanks 11, and Palmer.
Juneau Post 25 plays two more non-league games at Ketchikan today and will play at Anchorage next weekend.