Juneau baseball sweeps series

Crimson Bears close out only homestand with a 4-0 record

Posted: Sunday, May 04, 2003

The Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team had all facets of its game going as the Crimson Bears completed a four-game weekend season-opening series with an undefeated record.

The defending state champion Crimson Bears showed off their power, pitching and defense as they closed out the series with a pair of 10-run rule victories - beating the Sitka Wolves 13-1 on Saturday and the Ketchikan Kings 13-3 on Friday at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park in their only home games of the season.

In Friday and Saturday's other varsity games of the series, the Wolves and Kings split a pair of games. Ketchikan won Friday's game with Sitka 6-5 when Michael Meacock drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the seventh inning for the winning run. The Wolves beat the Kings 11-8 in eight innings on Saturday with Isaac Reynolds driving home two of three winning runs with a single.

Juneau (4-0) used nine pitchers during the four-game series, and the hurlers to see action Friday and Saturday combined to hold their opponents to just five hits over the last two games. Matt Greely, the only Juneau pitcher to appear in more than one game, picked up a victory in relief on Friday and was the starter and winner on Saturday.

"I felt good," Greely said after Saturday's game. "I think I had a little better control today. It was my curve and change-up that worked for me. It was a good series."

Meanwhile, the Crimson Bears played errorless defense over the final three games of the series while Juneau's offense roughed up its opponents from all nine spots in the batting order. For the four-game series, Juneau's hitters combined for five homers and 11 doubles.

"We were just getting over everything, there's always some butterflies in the first games," said outfielder C.J. Keys, who hit a two-run single from the No. 7 spot in the lineup. "We're very pleased. We got to go deep in our lineup and we all hit."

"If it wasn't for the other guys getting on base, I wouldn't have had those RBIs," said outfielder Erik Scholl, who replaced Keys in the lineup and also hit a two-run single. "I'm glad they got on base."

In Saturday's Juneau-Sitka game, Juneau took a 7-0 lead in the first inning as shortstop Joe Ayers hit a two-run double, Keys hit his two-run single, Ryan Gorle hit an RBI single and lead-off hitter Nick Wolf hit a two-run single.

Juneau added two runs in the second inning as Ayers was hit by a pitch and came around to score on a single that was misplayed into a three-base error off the bat of Bud Baun, who scored on an RBI single from Sergio Magallanes. Sitka (2-3) escaped the inning when Keys grounded out to short, then Sitka freshman first baseman Tommy Stonebreaker caught Magallanes off the bag at second and started a lengthy rundown play that ended up with Stonebreaker making the second putout of the double play from the third-base side of the diamond.

Stonebreaker led off the top of the third inning with a monstrous solo home run for Sitka's only hit of the game.

"I just felt like hitting the ball because I was tired of us missing," Stonebreaker said. "It was a fastball, waist-high. I was pumped up (from the double play). I think we're doing pretty good. We're still a young team and we've got a ways to go. But we were able to come over here, have fun and play baseball."

The Crimson Bears took a 10-run lead with two more runs in the bottom of the third inning, as Evan Scandling hit a two-run double. Scholl drove in two runs with his single in the fourth to complete the scoring.

"My job is getting on base so we can get those early runs," Wolf said. "If I get on base, Evan can usually send me to third, then Joe or Zach (Kohan) can knock me in. We did well for our first games."

Wolf was Juneau's starter on Friday, and the Crimson Bears staked him to an 8-0 lead after the first two innings. But Wolf faltered in the third inning, giving up a three-run double to Corey Howe, and Greely came in to close out the game.

"I felt fine, but I couldn't hit my spots," Wolf said, adding that Ketchikan had eight errors to none for Juneau in the game. "Greely came in and did a good job. That's what's nice about this team, there's always somebody there to pick us up. Defense wins ball games."

Juneau took a 5-0 lead in the first inning, as Ayers hit a two-run single and scored when Kohan reached on an error, Baun walked, then Kohan scored on a single by Scholl, with Baun scoring when the ball was bobbled and then overthrown by Ketchikan left fielder Charles Altman.

Wolf walked, stole second, then scored on an error to open Juneau's three-run second inning, then one out later Ayers and Kohan hit back-to-back homers to make it 8-0. Howe's three-run double closed the margin to 8-3, but Juneau responded with five runs in the bottom of the third inning as Wolf hit a sacrifice fly, Ayers had a ground-out RBI and Baun hit an RBI double to score runs and the other two came across on errors.

"When Greely comes up throwing his off-speed stuff, our defense has to be on its toes," said Kohan, who has three homers and four doubles through Juneau's first four games. "The people who are supposed to be scoring runs are scoring runs for us."

"I think our infield is where hits go to die," added Ayers, who will play for Stanford next year. "It helps our pitchers out when we get a big lead early, then they can throw strikes and let the defense go to work."

In Juneau's games Friday and Saturday, Crimson Bears coach Jim Ayers brought in several subs over the last innings, and even the subs hit the ball hard or made plays on defense.

"That was my first varsity at-bat," said senior Charles Wisner, who hit a pinch-hit single on Friday, which was senior night for the Crimson Bears. "It was a good one, too. It was fun being out there."

In Friday's other games, the Prince of Wales varsity beat the Sitka JV team 7-1, then Juneau's JV beat Prince of Wales 4-1. On Saturday, the Ketchikan JV beat Prince of Wales 2-1, while Juneau JV beat Sitka JV 6-2 in the late game.

The Crimson Bears will join Sitka and Ketchikan in Sitka later this week, with games starting on Wednesday and running through the weekend. Juneau and Ketchikan will each play five varsity games, while Sitka plays four during the Sitka series.

• Charles Bingham can be reached at cbingham@juneauempire.com


Saturday's game from Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park

SITKA 001 00 - 1 1 1

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 722 2x - 13 12 0

(Game called after five innings, 10-run rule)

Sitka - Howard and Loucks. Juneau-Douglas - Greely, Baun (5) and Cadiente. WP - Greely, 2-0. LP - Howard, 1-1. Sv - None. 2B - Sitka 0, Juneau-Douglas 3 (Ayers 1, Scandling 1, Kohan 1). 3B - None. HR - Sitka 1 (Stonebreaker 1), Juneau-Douglas 0.


Saturday's game from Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park

SITKA 012 014 03 - 11 16 6

KETCHIKAN 013 103 00 - 8 13 3

Sitka - Allen, Way (7) and Loucks, Howard (3), Loucks (7). Ketchikan - Voetberg, Bass (7) and Kolanko. WP - Way, 1-1. LP - Bass, 0-2. Sv - None. 2B - Sitka 4 (McCarty 1, Way 1, Loucks 1, Allen 1), Ketchikan 2 (Mickel 2). 3B - Sitka 1 (Way 1), Ketchikan 0. HR - None.


Friday's game from Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park

KETCHIKAN 003 00 - 3 4 8

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 535 0x - 13 9 0

(Game called after five innings, 10-run rule)

Ketchikan - Bass, Montgomery (2) and Brown, Kolanko (4). Juneau-Douglas - Wolf, Greely (3) and Cadiente. WP - Greely, 1-0. LP - Bass, 0-1. Sv - None. 2B - Ketchikan 1 (Howe 1), Juneau-Douglas 1 (Baun 1). 3B - None. HR - Ketchikan 0, Juneau-Douglas 2 (Ayers 1, Kohan 1).


Friday's game from Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park

SITKA 000 410 0 - 5 11 3

KETCHIKAN 011 300 1 - 6 5 3

(One out when winning run scored)

Sitka - Koelling and Loucks. Ketchikan - Meacock, Mickel (6) and Brown. WP - Mickel, 1-1. LP - Koelling, 0-1. Sv - None. 2B - Sitka 3 (Loucks 1, Howard 1, Stonebreaker 1), Ketchikan 0. 3B - Sitka 0, Ketchikan 1 (Meacock 1). HR - Sitka 1 (Way 1), Ketchikan 1 (Howe 1).

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