The Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team received solid pitching in key spots to sweep a key series from Sitka on Thursday at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.
The Crimson Bears took the first game, 3-0, and held on to win the nightcap, 8-7.
In the second game, JDHS sophomore Ryan Beason came in the third inning and allowed only one run in four innings to lead the Bears to victory.
"Ryan Beason is just a tremendous soul," JDHS coach Jim Ayers said. "He's just so calm under the pressure and he has so much fun throwing his junk. He's definitely an individual."
With the Bears holding a tenuous 8-6 lead after two innings, Beason entered the game and imposed his will on the Wolves' lineup with his curve ball.
Beason scattered five hits and struck out four batters to earn the win in relief of Jesse Nelson.
Jake Ridle came on in the seventh to earn the save.
"I have a lot of confidence in that pitch," Beason said of his curve ball. "It's my out pitch and I'm usually consistent with it."
Beason receive some defensive help in the sixth inning as Sitka threatened to take the lead.
After giving up consecutive singles to George Wathen and E.B. Crow, Beason faced the possible go-ahead run in Kevin Conway.
The sophomore buckled down and got Conway to ground into the 4-6-3 double play. Tom Stonebreaker cracked an RBI single two batters later to cut the Bears' lead to 8-7, but the double play kept Sitka in Juneau's rear-view mirror.
"I've got confidence in my defense," Beason said. "That play set the tone for the rest of the game."
Sitka pitcher Wathen struggled in his first two innings, yielding eight runs off six hits and three walks. After those two innings, however, Wathen was nearly unhittable, yielding only two singles the rest of the way.
"He settled in and we stuck with him because we felt we could get a couple runs for him," Wolves coach Ed Conway said. "It's tough. A lot of it was working from behind in the count and having to come in with a fastball. They hit the ball good, though. It was just working from behind."
Sitka opened the game with two runs as Matt Way crushed a two-run home run.
JDHS responded with four runs in the bottom of the first as Zach Mixson crushed a two-run double and Joe Kohan and Ridle had RBIs.
The Wolves reclaimed the lead in the second with four runs, taking advantage of three JDHS errors.
Juneau-Douglas scored four more runs in the bottom of the second as Buzz Ward, Ryan Gorle, Kohan and Mixson all came around to score.
Mixson led the Bears offensively with a 3-for-4 effort, driving in three runs and doubling twice. Joe Kohan had three singles, two stolen bases and two RBIs in game two while Pat Kohan got on base four times.
Also for the Bears, Gorle had two stolen bases and two runs scored.
For Sitka, Crow went 4-for-4 with a double and two runs scored, Way was 2-for-2 with a sacrifice and three RBIs while Van Hanson, Bryn Calhoun and Erik Buggins all scored in the loss.
Juneau-Douglas took the first game behind a dominant performance on the hill and at the plate from Mixson.
The senior allowed only one hit in seven innings of work and struck out seven in the win. He improved to 4-0 on the hill this year.
Mixson also smacked a solo home run for the Crimson Bears in fifth inning.
"Mixson is his own best friend on the mound," Ayers said.
Pat Kohan had an RBI single in the game, plating Gorle. Joe Kohan also scored on an error.
The two teams tangle again today at 2:30 p.m.
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