Juneau's Zach Kohan beat the Ketchikan Kings with both his arm and his bat Friday night, throwing a seven-inning no-hitter while going 4-for-4 at the plate with three doubles as the Crimson Bears high school baseball team beat Kayhi 10-1 at Ketchikan's Norman Walker Field.
In Juneau's other games this weekend, the Crimson Bears crushed the Sitka Wolves twice on a pair of three-hitters, winning 10-1 on Friday afternoon and 12-1 on Saturday morning. In Saturday's late game, Ketchikan beat Sitka 11-8.
The Crimson Bears are 4-1 after the season-opening weekend, while Ketchikan is 2-2 and Sitka 1-4 in Region V action. Juneau will host Sitka and Ketchikan this weekend, with games starting on Wednesday at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park (see Sports in Juneau on Page B2 for a schedule).
"I think the guys came down here and showed they can play some baseball," Juneau head coach Jim Ayers said. "We showed what kind of heart we had. In some ways it was good to have a setback. In the first game (a 12-7 loss to Ketchikan on Wednesday), we overplayed and tried to do too much. When we settle down and play with fundamentals, we can play some good baseball."
In Friday afternoon's victory over Sitka, Joe Ayers and Jake Dutton both hit solo home runs for Juneau, plus they each hit a double. Dylan Hickey hit two doubles and C.J. Corso doubled for the Crimson Bears. Ayers and Evan Scandling both scored three runs, while Dutton and Brett Fairchild had two RBIs each. Kyle Lanz and Zach Mixson combined to throw a three-hitter for Juneau.
In Friday night's game against Ketchikan, Kohan finished with three RBIs and his courtesy runner (Ryan Gourley) scored three times. Corso hit a two-run homer, doubled and had three RBIs, while Greg Smith hit a two-run triple, Dutton doubled and scored three runs and Hickey doubled. Kohan had seven strikeouts and two walks on the mound and the run was unearned.
On Saturday, Hickey threw a three-hitter with eight strikeouts and no walks in a game called after five innings by the mercy rule. Isaac Cadiente went 3-for-3 with a bases-loaded triple, a double, three RBIs and two runs scored to lead Juneau at the plate. Nick Wolf hit a two-run triple and had three RBIs, while Fairchild doubled with a run and RBI, Corso and Joe Ayers each had a run and an RBI, and Kohan scored twice.
"We had a lot of good, positive things happen this weekend," Jim Ayers said.
In other action this weekend, the Juneau junior varsity team (4-0 overall) swept a pair of games from the Ketchikan JV to remain undefeated. The Crimson Bears won 11-0 on Friday as Wil Ridgeway threw five innings of shutout ball and 8-4 on Saturday as second baseman Michael Wright went 3-for-4 with a triple and made a diving catch in right field that saved two runs.
CRIMSON BEARS 12, WOLVES 1
Saturday's game in Ketchikan
SITKA 001 00 -- 1 3 3
JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 216 3x -- 12 10 1
(game called after five innings, mercy rule)
Sitka -- Loucks, Wathan (4) and Stockel. Juneau-Douglas -- Hickey and Cadiente. WP -- Hickey, 1-0. LP -- Loucks. Sv -- None. 2B -- Sitka 0, Juneau-Douglas 2 (Cadiente 1, Fairchild 1). 3B -- Sitka 0, Juneau-Douglas 2 (Cadiente 1, Wolf 1). HR -- None.
CRIMSON BEARS 10, KINGS 1
Friday's game in Ketchikan
JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 010 333 0 -- 10 15 2
KETCHIKAN 000 001 0 -- 1 0 2
Juneau-Douglas -- Kohan and Smith. Ketchikan -- Kr. Bailey and Sharp. WP -- Kohan, 1-0. LP -- Kr. Bailey. Sv -- None. 2B -- Juneau-Douglas 6 (Kohan 3, Corso 1, Hickey 1, Dutton 1), Ketchikan 0. 3B -- Juneau-Douglas 1 (Smith 1), Ketchikan 0. HR -- Juneau-Douglas 1 (Corso 1), Ketchikan 0.
CRIMSON BEARS 10, WOLVES 1
Friday's game in Ketchikan
JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 102 022 3 -- 10 13 0
SITKA 000 001 0 -- 1 3 3
Juneau-Douglas -- Lanz, Mixson (5) and Cadiente. Sitka -- Howard, McCarty (7), Wathan (7) and Stockel. WP -- Lanz, 1-0. LP -- Howard. Sv -- None. 2B -- Juneau-Douglas 5 (Hickey 2, Ayers 1, Dutton 1, Corso 1), Sitka 0. 3B -- None. HR -- Juneau-Douglas 2 (Ayers 1, Dutton 1), Sitka 0.