Juneau-Douglas upped its instate record to 8-0, 4-0 on the season after posting a four-game sweep of Southeast Conference rival Ketchikan on the road this weekend.
The Bears' bats were live, with Dylan Baker leading the charge with five home runs in four games.
"We had a couple of errors, which wasn't what we expected because we just had one error in four games last week. But we did well," Baker said. "We struggled pitching a little bit, too, but our bats were good this week. I had five home runs, Vinnie (Isturis) had three, Aaron (Cohen) had one and Lance (Ibesate) had one, so our bats are there. Their pitchers were throwing it pretty much down the middle, or high and inside, where I like it.
Bears Top Kings 8-3 in Game 2 in Ketchikan
The Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears defeated the Ketchikan Kings 8-3 behind more timely hitting, nearly error-free defense, and a complete-game pitching performance from junior southpaw Damon Ludwig on Friday afternoon.
Ketchikan took the early lead in the bottom of the first as Jesse Lindgren bounced into a fielder's choice that scored Jeff Whicker from third, who had reached on a leadoff single.
But the Bears answered back in the second with an RBI double from Dylan Baker, scoring Lance Ibesate from first and knotting the score at 1-each.
The Kings swung the momentum back to their side in the third with a two-run home run from Connor Fitzgerald, giving Ketchikan a 3-1 lead after two innings of play.
JDHS senior catcher Aaron Cohen led off the third with a walk and was followed by an infield hit by Alex DeRocher. Keath Flint grounded out to second, scoring pinch runner Dominic Holloway, and DeRocher later scored on a passed ball to again even the score, this time at 3-3.
In the top of the fourth, DeRocher knocked in Ibesate and Baker with a single up the middle to give JDHS a 5-3 lead.
Ludwig settled down after giving up three early runs to shutdown the Kings' bats the rest of the way, striking out four batters over seven innings while scattering six Ketchikan hits.
Baker hit into a fielder's choice in the sixth, took third on an errant pick off attempt, and eventually scored on a Vincent Isturis RBI single. Cohen followed with a double through the gap and two batters later, Flint singled in a pair of runs, giving the Crimson Bears an 8-3 lead they wouldn't relinquish.
DeRocher followed his three-hit performance from Friday night with three more hits, and Flint knocked in three runs on two hits.
"To come from behind and beat Ketchikan on their home field is a great feeling for these guys," Bears manager Steve Bavard said. "We talk about working hard and good things will happen, and that's what happened. Ketchikan's a great hitting team, and we just have to keep the ball down and mix speeds."
Baker's bat, arm shine
The Bears hit five home runs and starter Dylan Baker struck out 11 batters on their way to an 11-1 route of Ketchikan in five innings in Game 3 of a four-game series.
Baker struck out the side in the top half of the first to set the tone for a game that was led by his dominant pitching performance, and the hot bats of Juneau-Douglas.
The Crimson Bears jumped to a fast start in the first inning as their first six batters reached base.
Baker gave JDHS a quick lead, crushing the first pitch for a solo homer over the left-field fence. Vincent Isturis followed with a solo shot of his own on the very next pitch, firing up the Crimson Bear bench and extending the lead to 2-0.
Aaron Cohen followed with a single, advancing to second on an error, and Alex DeRocher tacked on another run with an RBI single up the middle, scoring pinch runner Justin Brooks. Ryan Kelly followed with a bloop single over third base, and Jamie Daniel knocked in Keath Flint with an RBI single to give the Bears a 4-0 lead after one inning of play.
It was more of the same in the second as Isturis hit his second homer of the game, a two-run shot that scored Baker and put the Bears up 6-0. Cohen followed with a single, and Flint knocked in Brooks with an RBI single.
Lance Ibesate continued the onslaught in the third inning with a solo homer, and Baker added his second long ball of the game, pushing the lead to 9-0.
Baker continued to cruise on the mound on his way to a two-hit, complete-game win.
The Kings did score on a run in the top half of the fourth as Chas Allen knocked in Simon Brooks with a ground ball to the second baseman to get the Kings on the board.
Back to back doubles by the lethal 1-2 combo of Baker and Isturis - and a Ketchikan throwing error - gave JDHS two more runs to help end the game by reaching the 10-run mercy rule.
Bears blast away - again
Juneau-Douglas completed the four-game sweep with a 9-6 win in Game 4 on Saturday after the Bears went yard four times, including two more homers by Dylan Baker.
Vincent Isturis and Aaron Cohen also each hit a home run for JDHS (8-0, 4-0).
"Our pitching was the only thing that kept (Ketchikan) close to us the last game," Baker said. "But as the season goes on, we'll get better. This series was great; definitely our hitting. There was just a few more errors than we expected, some mental errors. It happens, but we still stuck with it and got all four wins."
The Bears are back in action on Thursday with a host of Southeast teams in town for rounbrobbin play.
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