The Juneau Midnight Suns baseball team tied and won its preseason openers at the Flying Dog Invitational early this week in Peoria, Ariz.
The Midnight Suns, who will become the Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team when they get back to Juneau, opened the 14-team tournament with a 7-7 tie on Monday against Sunset High School of Beaverton, Ore. Coach Jim Ayers said his team trailed early, then rallied to tie the score in the seventh inning - only to have the game called because it was three hours old.
"I was pretty mad about that," Ayers said.
On Tuesday, Juneau beat South Salem High School of Salem, Ore., 7-3 to improve to 1-0-1 in the tournament. Juneau plays Westview of Denver, Colo., today, then plays Jesuit of Portland, Ore., on Thursday. Juneau will play one or two games on Friday, but matchups haven't been set yet. East Anchorage also is at the tournament, which has four teams from Oregon, three from Colorado and five from Arizona.
In Monday's game, Bud Baun hit a two-run, 380-foot homer for Juneau, while Nick Wolf had two RBIs, Ryan Gorle had a run and an RBI, and Evan Scandling went 3-for-4. Zach Kohan pitched for Juneau.
On Tuesday, Scandling had a four-hitter through five innings as Juneau built a 7-1 lead, then in the sixth he gave way to Baun who walked the bases loaded before giving up a two-run double. Sergio Magallanes threw the last inning.
Magallanes keyed Juneau's offense with a two-run triple in the fourth inning after he faked a bunt with runners on first and second. Magallanes went 2-for-4 and had three RBIs for the game. Gorle singled and scored three runs, while Baun doubled off the top of the wall and had two RBIs. Joe Ayers went 2-for-4 and Isaac Cadiente caught the game.
The roster for the Midnight Suns is the same roster as the defending state champion Juneau-Douglas High School Crimson Bears, but the team traveled under the Midnight Suns name since that's the group that raised the money for the trip.
While some of the team members were in Arizona early enough in the weekend they were able to watch Saturday's or Sunday's college games between Stanford (where Joe Ayers will play shortstop next year) and Arizona State (where JDHS alum Garrett Schoenberger plays catcher), Jim and Joe Ayers weren't able to get to Arizona in time to attend because Joe was playing for the Crimson Bears at the state basketball tournament.