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Impenetrable defense and clutch hits lifted the Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team Thursday in its Southeast Conference opener.
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The Crimson Bears (7-1, 1-0 Southeast) played error-free ball in an 8-0 victory over Ketchikan at Sitka High School.
"We're working hard on defense," JDHS coach Jim Ayers said. "To win a tournament, you've got to have defense. We've been working on it and the guys are playing good defensive ball."
Senior pitcher Clae Baker won his second decision of the year. The 6-foot, 6-inch hurler allowed one hit in four innings, striking out seven while walking two.
Shane Rud yielded two base hits in three innings of relief.
"Today he was just under control," Ayers said of Baker. "He looked good and was throwing hard. His curve wasn't working but his change-up was."
Juneau-Douglas seized the lead immediately, as Ryan Beason drove in Corey Mahar and Joe Kohan in the first inning. The Bears tacked on three more runs in the fifth, as Beason doubled in two more runs while Sean Bavard singled and scored.
Kohan led off a three-run seventh inning with a solo home run, while Cohen drove in Beason and Nano Jacobsen to complete the day's scoring.
Beason went 2-for-3 with four RBIs in the win, while Kohan went 1-for-3 with three runs scored.
Juneau-Douglas continues its road series today with a doubleheader. The Bears will take on Ketchikan at 3 p.m. and then play Sitka, the two-time defending state champs, at 6 p.m.
The series concludes at 2 p.m. Sunday, as JDHS faces the Wolves.
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