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The Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team took one more step towards another state berth by defeating Ketchikan 4-2 on the road Wednesday in Ketchikan.
The win improves the Crimson Bears' record to 5-1, one game ahead of Sitka (3-1) in the Region V standings. Juneau plays Sitka today at 4 p.m.
Senior Will Nicholas pitched the entire way for the Bears, giving up just one earned run on six hits while striking out six Ketchikan batters and walking two.
Junior Dylan Hickey got the Bears on the scoreboard in the first inning with two-outs, solo homer to left field. In the third inning, sophomore Zach Kohan singled and advanced to second base. Shortstop Joe Ayers drew a base on balls and Kohan scored to make it 2-0 on an RBI single by Hickey.
The Kings scored two runs in the bottom of the third inning to tie the game at 2-2, but Nicholas settled into a groove and gave up only one more hit the rest of the way for Juneau to improve his record to 2-0.
"Will (Nicholas) did a nice job pitching the complete game," assistant coach Mark Hickey said. "His curve started working well and his change-up was working too, which makes his fastball even tougher."
The Crimson Bears took the lead for good in the fourth inning when junior Jake Dutton scored from third on a Ketchikan throwing error to make it 3-2. Juneau manufactured an insurance run in the sixth when Dutton knocked in sophomore Matt Freeman from second base with a single.
Hickey once again led the way for the Bears with the big bat and added two RBIs to go with his single and his second home run of the season. Kohan was the only other Bear with multiple hits, going 2-for-3, and Dutton went 1-for-2 with an RBI and run scored.
"Our guys are hitting," Mark Hickey said. "This is a good group of kids. We got the depth which gives us a lot of options. We can go 9-10 guys deep pitching and starting with a complete game really helps."
For Ketchikan, starting pitcher T.J. Milner took the loss, his second against Juneau this year. He went the entire way for the Kings, giving up four runs on seven hits.
The win was the fourth of the year for the Bears over the Kings in as many games. Ketchikan falls to 0-6 with the loss and is virtually out of the running for the region title.
"Ketchikan has not played that bad baseball," Mark Hickey said. "They could easily have won at least half of their games."
Hickey will make his third start of the season today against Sitka with junior Brett Fairchild taking the mound against Sitka on Friday at 1 p.m. All games will be broadcast by KINY-AM 800.
"The boys are rolling. It was a pretty well-played game," Mark Hickey said. "There were a couple of errors on both sides but it was a nice baseball game. The conditions were improved from last week. It was cold but it was dry."
Crimson Bears 4, Kings 2
Wednesday's game at Ketchikan
Juneau-Douglas 101 101 0 -- 4 7 2
Ketchikan 002 000 0 -- 2 6 2
W. Nicholas and Baun; Milner and Van Aart. W -- W. Nicholas (2-0). L-- Milner (0-2). Sv -- None. 2B -- Juneau: Fairchild; Ketchikan: B. Nicholas. 3B -- None. HR -- Juneau: Hickey (2); Ketchikan: None.