Juneau’s Midnight Suns Post 25 American Legion baseball team improved its overall record to 13-2 with a pair of non-conference wins Sunday at Ketchikan, 10-4 and 12-2.
“We jumped out to a 3-0 early lead in the top of the first inning,” Juneau manager Andy Macaulay said of Sunday’s first game. “Then Ketchikan took advantage of two defensive errors in the bottom of the inning to tie the score. The coaches were impressed with how our kids responded after that inning.”
Post 25 calmed down and played fundamental baseball according to Macaulay.
Offensively, the team scored in five of the seven innings.
Juneau broke the tie in the second inning as Michael Dale walked, Tod Baseden was hit by a pitch, Kellen Johansen singled to score Dale, Finn Collins singled, Alex Muir walked (scoring Baseden) and Jake Tanner walked to score Johansen.
Dale led the offense, going 2-2 (4 runs), Johansen 3-5 (2 runs, 2 runs batted in), Collins (1 RBI), Tanner and Muir were 1-2 with 2 RBIs apiece.
Jacob Thibodeau started on the mound and threw six innings. In 112 pitches Thibodeau had 46 total balls, allowed 7 hits, 4 runs (1 earned run), walked 3 batters and struck out 8. Collins relived for one inning (16 P, 7 TB).
In game two, Juneau led off with 6 hits in the first inning, scoring eight runs, and was never challenged in the field.
Matt Cunningham led off with a walk and scored on a Johansen double to center field. Grant Ainsworth walked, Tanner Petrie walked, Muir singled to score Johansen, Tanner singled to left field (scoring Ainsworth), Macaulay walked (scoring Petrie), Cunningham singled to score courtesy runner Stefan Beedle, Johansen singled to score Tanner, Ainsworth singled (scoring Macaulay) and Cunningham scored on field action.
“Playing four games in two days is not easy even for this young group of kids,” Macaulay said. “What impressed the coaches the most was that the team came out in the final game and just crushed the ball in the first inning when they got a pitch to hit.”
Collins was awarded the Player of the Game by Post 25 coaches for his first pitching performance of the season.
Collins went 5.2 innings (89 P, 36 TB, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K) and Ainsworth relieved for 1.1 innings (22 P, 4 TB, 2 H, 2 K).
“That was his first day of pitching and he did a fantastic job,” Macaulay said. “He induced a lot of ground outs with their hitters by pitching to contact. It was great to see the rest of the team rally around Finn and how well he did in his first start of the season.”
Johansen led with a 4-5 outing (4 RBI, 2 R), Ainsworth went 3-3 (3 RBI, 1 R), Cunningham (3 R, 1 RBI), Petrie (1 R), Muir (1 RBI), Tanner (1 R, 1 RBI), Macaulay (2 R, 1 RBI) and Beedle (1 R).
Post 25 defeated Ketchikan in league action 9-1 and non-league play 9-7 on Saturday.