A nine-run second inning was just one of several highlights in the Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team's 15-5 pounding of Sitka in five innings Thursday night in Ketchikan.
The victory improves Juneau's record to 6-1 and with Ketchikan beating Sitka 5-3 in the later in the day, the Bears now have a 2 1/2 game lead in Region V play. Sitka has a 3-3 record and Ketchikan is 1-6.
Junior Dylan Hickey pitched the entire way for the Bears to record his second win of the season. He scattered eight hits, giving up four earned runs while striking out seven and walking just two.
"He got in trouble in the first inning," assistant coach Mark Hickey said. "He gave up two runs, but struck out the last batter with runners at second and third. Our pitchers are doing good at keeping the walks down."
Dylan Hickey's complete game was the second in a row by the Bears' pitching staff. Yesterday, Will Nicholas went the distance in Juneau's 4-2 win over Ketchikan.
"It's a nice thing that Will (Nicholas) and Dylan pitched the complete games," Mark Hickey said. "We have a bunch of fresh pitchers and when you play five games in four days, it's huge."
The Bears had seven extra-base hits in the contest by five different players and turned out 13 hits in all -- their highest hit total this season. Dylan Hickey and Evan Scandling hit back-to-back homers in the second inning.
Scandling's was a three-run shot over the rightfield fence, scoring Bud Baun and Joe Ayers. Hickey followed it up with a blast of his own to left field. Hickey finished the game 2-for-3, with a homer and a double while scoring twice.
Ayers had two doubles, knocked in two runs and scored twice. Jake Dutton went 2-for-3 with four runs scored. Matt Freeman and Bud Baun each went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and a run scored.
Brett Haavig took the loss for the Wolves before being yanked in the nine-run second inning. Haavig took the loss in Juneau's 14-2 trouncing of the Wolves in Sitka last weekend.
After falling behind 2-0 in the first inning, the Bears struck hard in the second, scoring six runs with two outs highlighted by Scandling's and Hickey's home runs. The Bears continued to pull away in the third inning with five more runs on four hits.
"We don't take anything for granted," Mark Hickey said. "Sitka is a good club with good players. But I'd rather be where we are than where anyone else is right now. We just keep pushing. We're trying to first win the Southeast and see where we can go from there."
Crimson Bears 15, Wolves 5
Thursday's game at Ketchikan
Sitka 200 21 -- 5 8 4
Juneau-Douglas 095 01 -- 15 13 1
Hickey and Baun, Thatcher (5). Haavig and Stockel. W -- Hickey (2-0). L-- Haavig (0-2). Sv -- None. 2B -- Juneau: Ayers 2, Baun, Freeman, Hickey; Ketchikan: Mooney. 3B -- None. HR -- Juneau: Hickey (3), Scandling (1); Ketchikan: Blankenship (1).
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