Wrangell received a harsh welcome to the world of varsity baseball Friday and Saturday as Juneau-Douglas cruised to four wins over the weekend.
JDHS won 11-2 and 11-1 Friday and swept Saturday's doubleheader by scores of 3-1 and 11-0.
"It was just a stellar performance from our pitching," Crimson Bears coach Jim Ayres said. "The thing you're looking for is how the younger players perform and how the pitching does. I look for that as much as offense."
In the first game of Saturday's doubleheader, the Bears received terrific performances on the hill from junior Pat Kohan and sophomore Ryan Beason. The two allowed just one run in seven innings as JDHS edged the Wolves, 3-1.
"Wrangell is a great ballclub," Ayers said. "This is a group of kids that can play the game and that 3-1 win was a tough ballgame."
Wrangell hit a solo home run off Kohan in the first inning to take an early lead.
Down 1-0 in the fifth, Tres Saldivar singled and Ryan Gorle smacked a two-run home run to put the Bears ahead. JDHS tacked on an unearned insurance run in the sixth to seal the win.
In game two, freshman Joe Kohan hurt Wrangell with his bat and his glove. Kohan pitched three scoreless innings had two doubles and two RBIs at the plate to lead the Bears.
Sean Lindsay, Pedro Mojica and Gorle also threw in the win.
Gorle and Zach Mixson had two RBIs each while Chris Dillon and Andrew Hall each drove in a run.
"This is a group of kids having fun playing baseball," Ayres said of his team. "That to me is going to be the key to this group of kids."
In Friday's opener, Mixson pitched four innings of no-hit, no-run ball and drove in two runs in the 11-2 victory.
Hall pitched the final three innings of relief as Joe Kohan and Gorle blasted solo home runs.
Gorle also doubled and drove in two runs, Joe Kohan had two RBIs and Saldivar drove in two runs and stole a base in the win.
Hall and Derrick Listberger also drove in runs in the win.
The Bears completed the Friday sweep with an 11-1 win in five innings.
Junior pitcher Jesse Nelson fired four hitless innings to earn the win. Beason pitched a scoreless fifth.
Dillon doubled and drove in three runs and Mixson added three RBIs for victorious Bears. Saldivar added two RBIs, Gorle drove in a run and stole a base and Shane Rud had a stolen base in the win.
The Bears (3-0) host Sitka for two doubleheader Thursday and Friday. Both twin-bills start at 3 p.m.
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