JDHS baseball strong in Sitka

Crimson Bears win three of four games on the road

Posted: Sunday, April 29, 2007

Buoyed by a number of strong pitching performances, the Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team won three of four games over the weekend at Sitka High School.

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The Crimson Bears (6-1) took two of three from two-time defending champion Sitka and beat East Anchorage High School on Friday and Saturday.

JDHS stormed out of the gate Friday by sweeping a doubleheader with the Wolves.

In the first game, the Bears received a big pitching performance from 6-foot-6 Clae Baker in a 15-1 rout.

Baker mowed down 10 batters and gave up four hits in six innings. He also walked eight batters.

Baker allowed a solo home run to Kenny Loucks in the first inning for Sitka's only run.

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"He got strong as the game went on," JDHS assistant coach Bill McCauley said. "He pitched very well. ... The curve was working. He had control of his curve and later had control of his fastball. He throws pretty hard so his curve is effective when he throws it for strikes."

Juneau scored four runs in the first and led 8-1 heading into the sixth inning. JDHS tacked on seven more runs in the seventh to ice the win.

Shawn Ibesate went 3-for-3 with three RBIs and a double, Aaron Cohen added three hits and two RBIs, and Ryan Beason went 2-for-3 with two RBIs in the win.

As a team, JDHS had 13 hits and five doubles.

The Crimson Bears didn't commit an error in the win.

"It was just one of those games where everything worked and Baker was on," McCauley said. "It was a very pleasing game."

In Friday's second game, Andrew Hall fired a no-hitter in a 4-1 victory.

Hall struck out 15 batters in a seven innings. He also walked nine and allowed one run.

Sitka's lone run came in the fourth inning off an error.

"He has a nice fastball but his curve is working as well," McCauley said of Hall. "When you have two pitches going, things will go your way."

Joe Kohan delivered the fireworks for JDHS, hitting a three-run home run in the fourth. Kohan went 2-for-4 with two runs scored in the win.

On Saturday, Juneau-Douglas nipped East Anchorage 4-3.

With the scored tied 3-3, JDHS scored the go-ahead run in the fifth, as Nano Jacobsen drove in Sean Bavard.

Kohan fanned 10 batters in five innings for the win. He allowed three runs on three hits and five walks.

Beason pitched two perfect innings for the save.

Shane Rud went 1-for-1 with an RBI and run scored, while Hall added a stolen base and run scored in the win.

Sitka snapped Juneau's six-game winning streak in Saturday's second game with a 5-4 win in eight innings.

Erik Buggins scored the game-winning run on a bases-loaded walk by Beason.

JDHS trailed 3-1 before going ahead with a three-run sixth inning.

Hall doubled in Ibesate to tie the game at 3-3 and score the go-ahead run.

Sitka tied the game at 4-4 in the sixth before winning in extra innings.

Jacobsen pitched six innings in a no-decision while Kohan went 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Ibesate had two hits and drove in a run in defeat.

JDHS will travel back to Sitka for a three-game series on May 10.

• Tim Nichols, sports editor, can be reached at sports@juneauempire.com.

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