Juneau-Douglas tops Ketchikan

Crimson Bears sweep Kings but fall twice to Sitka during four-day roadtrip

Posted: Sunday, May 07, 2006

The Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team finished up the first of three four-game sets with Southeast Conference rivals Sitka and Ketchikan on Saturday.

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JDHS took the series from the host Kings Saturday with a 3-2 win, but was swept Friday by the defending state champion Wolves.

"It was good competition for us," JDHS assistant coach Bill McCauly said. "Sitka and Ketchikan were up for it."

On Saturday, the Crimson Bears (9-2) scored all of their runs in the first inning for the victory.

Leadoff hitter Derrick Listberger led off with a single before starting pitcher Ketchikan pitcher John Thompson walked Joe Kohan and hit Pat Kohan with a pitch to load the bases.

Pedro Mojica then delivered an RBI single to put JDHS ahead 1-0. Thompson hit Andrew Hall with the bases loaded and delivered an RBI walk to Buzz Ward to complete Juneau's scoring.

Mojica, Pat Kohan and Ward combined on the hill to stymie Ketchikan's bats.

Mojica earned the win, allowing one hit and no runs in three innings. Pat Kohan allowed one hit and one run in two innings while Ward yielded two hits and a run in the final two frames.

Ricky Grams scored Ketchikan's two runs off a pair of sacrifice flies by Thomas Montgomery. Eric Bezenek went 2-for-2 with a double.

Thompson fanned six and yielded four hits and three runs in pitching a complete game.

On Friday, the Wolves' E.B. Crow delivered an impressive pitching performance in a 4-0 win over JDHS.

Crow struck out 11 batters and allowed just two hits in seven innings for the win.

"Actually, I thought he'd be a straight fastball pitcher but he threw some breaking stuff," JDHS assistant Frank Barthel said. "He throws fast. I think he was their fastest pitcher."

Hall and Nano Jacobsen singled for the Crimson Bears as the team stranded eight runners on base.

Joe Kohan took the loss for JDHS after allowing four runs off five hits in four innings. Ryan Beason yielded one run in three innings of relief.

For Sitka, Lucas Chambers hit a solo home run and Van Hansen doubled.

Juneau-Douglas will host Sitka and Ketchikan for the four-game set starting Thursday at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

• Tim Nichols, sports editor, can be reached at sports@juneauempire.com.

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