Despite not being able to practice outside yet this season, the Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team started off the year strong with a three-game sweep of host Petersburg.
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The Crimson Bears topped the Vikings 14-0 in five innings on Friday and won 11-4 and 11-1 in a Saturday doubleheader.
"I'm very pleased," JDHS assistant coach Bill McCauley said. "I would say the story was that our defense was solid in all three games. The pitching was pretty good and offensively we had a lot of good things happen. There were good stories on all fronts."
The Crimson Bears opened the 2006 season with a dominating 14-0 win Friday.
JDHS scored seven unearned runs in the first inning and tacked on six more runs in the fifth to shut the door.
Crimson Bears sophomore pitcher Joe Kohan earned the win, firing four shutout innings with nine strike outs and no walks.
"He was throwing strikes and all of his pitches were working," McCauley said. "He was relaxed and didn't walk any."
Buzz Ward allowed one hit in an inning of relief for JDHS.
Sean Lindsay hit a two-run home run in the first inning while Pedro Mojica went 1-for-3 with three RBIs.
Shawn Ibesate went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, Ward had two hits and Nano Jacobsen posted two hits and drove in two runs.
In Saturday's first game, JDHS pitchers Andrew Hall, Clae Baker and Ryan Beason combined to allow just four hits in a 11-4 win.
Beason picked up the win, yielding just two hits and no runs in the game's final three innings.
Hall went 3-for-4 with two-run home run to lead Juneau's offense. Kohan tagged three hits. Derrick Listberger and Mojica each went 2-for-4, and Lindsay lashed a two-run double in the third inning in the win.
Juneau-Douglas scored seven runs in the third and three runs in the seventh to seal victory.
Mojica, Lindsay and Pat Kohan combined on the hill to give up just one run off two hits in Juneau-Douglas' 11-1 win.
Mojica allowed two hits, including a leadoff home run by David Mazzella, and fanned three batters in four innings for the win.
Listberger led off the game with a solo home run, and Pat Kohan added a homer in the sixth inning.
Listberger, Pat Kohan and Jacobsen each went 2-for-3 while Hall had two hits and two runs scored in the win.
The Bears scored two runs in the first, one in the second and third, two more in the fourth and closed the game with a five-run sixth inning.
JDHS is off until April 28 when it opens a three-game set with Wrangell at Adair Kennedy Memorial Park.
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