The two-time defending state champion Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team picked up where it left off last season as the Crimson Bears opened the season with a doubleheader sweep of Prince of Wales on Thursday in Craig.
Even though many of Juneau's starting varsity players didn't make the side trip to Craig, the younger varsity and junior varsity Crimson Bears were too much for POW as they won 9-3 and 6-0.
"As a coach, I was extremely pleased with our pitching," Juneau assistant head coach Bill McCauley said.
The Crimson Bears used three different pitchers in each game, and the trio in the second game - sophomore Jesse Nelson, freshman Chris Hinkley and freshman Clae Baker - allowed just three hits while combining on the shutout. The trio in the first game - freshman Kellen Moen, sophomore Sean Lindsay and junior Jacob Ridle - also combined on a three-hitter.
"We did what we wanted to come here and do - play good, sound fundamental defense and have sound pitching," Juneau JV coach Tom Listberger said. "Our pitchers were able to get ahead of batters and let the defense work. We averaged about 12 pitches an inning in the second game."
In the first game, Juneau's top four hitters did most of the damage at the plate as they combined for three doubles, eight runs and four RBIs.
Cody Wolf doubled and scored three runs to lead off the game, while Derek Listberger hit an RBI double and scored twice. Tres Saldivar scored two runs, and clean-up hitter Pat Kohan hit a three-run double and scored once for the Crimson Bears.
In the second game, Juneau scored five runs in the first inning as Nelson hit a two-run double to support his pitching. The Crimson Bears added a sixth run in the seventh inning. Saldivar went 2-for-4 and scored a run, while Moen hit a double.
"We scored five in the first, but then they shut us down pretty good," Listberger said.
Instead of traveling to Craig, the varsity starters were in Ketchikan preparing for a pair of doubleheaders today and Saturday against the Kings (3-1 overall).
Game times today are 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., while Saturday's games are noon and 3 p.m. Juneau head coach Jim Ayers said KINY radio, 800 AM, will broadcast the games.
CRIMSON BEARS 9, POW 3
Thursday's first game at Craig
JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 301 203 0 - 9 7 2
PRINCE OF WALES 100 020 0 - 3 3 3
Juneau-Douglas - Moen, Lindsay (3), Ridle (6) and Kohan. Prince of Wales - Pierce, Cole (6) and Deffenbaugh. WP - Lindsay. LP - Pierce. Sv - None. 2B - Juneau-Douglas 3 (Wolf 1, Listberger 1, Kohan 1), Prince of Wales 0. 3B - None. HR - None.
CRIMSON BEARS 6, POW 0
Thursday's second game at Craig
JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 500 000 1 - 6 10 1
PRINCE OF WALES 000 000 0 - 0 3 5
Juneau-Douglas - J. Nelson, Hinkley (4), Baker (7) and Kohan. Prince of Wales - Deffenbaugh and Pierce. WP - Hinkley. LP - Deffenbaugh. Sv - None. 2B - Juneau-Douglas 2 (J. Nelson 1, Moen 1), Prince of Wales 1 (Bennett 1). 3B - None. HR - None.