JDHS baseball survives to secure sweep

Posted: Sunday, May 04, 2008

Just in case the Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team's first three wins at home weren't entertaining enough, the Crimson Bears made things exciting on Saturday against Sitka at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Field.

Michael Penn / Juneau Empire
Michael Penn / Juneau Empire

The Crimson Bears (4-0) nearly blew an 11-run lead and hung on to top Sitka 14-10 on Saturday. JDHS defeated North Pole 11-1 on Saturday and 8-1 on Friday. The Bears also beat Sitka 13-4 on Friday.

Juneau-Douglas surged to a 12-1 lead after four innings as Buzz Ward and Alex DeRocher smacked two-run hits in the third inning. Juneau's bullpen struggled in the fourth, however.

Sitka drew five walks, had two batters hit by pitches and connected on four base hits to score nine runs in the fifth.

Joe Kohan stepped in with two outs in the fifth to stop the bleeding for Juneau. Kohan allowed one hit in 2⅓ innings to polish off Sitka.

Aaron Cohen also added a two-run home run in the sixth inning to provide a big emotional lift for the Bears.

"I'm proud that after a long inning we could score a couple runs really quick," JDHS coach Jamie Kissner said. "I'm a little disappointed that we had some huge mental errors that allowed (Sitka) to score some runs. Some guys weren't prepared in the dugout and in the field as well."

With the exception of Sitka's fifth inning Saturday, Juneau-Douglas enjoyed a brilliant home debut.

Juneau-Douglas bashed out eight hits in the first four innings as it appeared a rout would take place.

"One thing we talked about and focused on today was being more energized for the second game and jumping on them early," Kissner said.

Cohen led Juneau's bats by going 2-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBIs.

"He's been driving the ball consistently all year," Kissner said.

Buzz Ward went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored, Vinny Isturis tripled and scored twice, and Jaime Daniel hit an RBI single in the win.

Sean Bavard allowed one run and five hits in four innings to pick up the win.

Earlier on Saturday, Shawn Ibesate went 2-for-3 with a double, triple and four runs scored as JDHS routed North Pole 11-1.

Kohan hit a home run and scored twice, Dakota Smith singled and scored, Dylan Baker scored and Ward went 2-for-3 with a double in the win.

"Ward swung the bat well this weekend," Kissner said.

Smith earned the pitching win in relief of Damon Ludwig.

On Friday, Christopher Millay delivered a dominant performance in an 8-1 win over North Pole. Millay struck out 14 batters and allowed two hits in five innings.

Offensively, Keath Flint tripled and had an RBI, Cohen and Bavard each singled and scored, Kohan doubled and Baker scored a run.

In Friday's 13-4 win over Sitka, Bavard and Kohan had two hits and two runs scored each, Mahar went 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored, Ward singled and scored twice and Baker scored two runs in the win.

Shane Rud pitched four innings to earn the win for JDHS.

The Crimson Bears will host Sitka and Ketchikan for three days of games starting Thursday.

• Contact sports editor Tim Nichols at 523-2228 or sports@juneauempire.com.

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