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The Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team entered Thursday's 11-7 weekend-opening win over Ketchikan at Sitka with the intentions of putting some early runs on the board and pressure on the Kings' bats. Junior shortstop Vinnie Isturis shouldered that load himself, cranking out two-run homers in both the first and second innings before slapping in two more runs with a hard-hit grounder up the middle in the third.
"I'd say Vinnie's more of a line-drive, doubles hitter," JDHS head coach Jaime Kissner said. "He's got that home run ability, too, and he's done it before. He got ahold of both those balls."
The Crimson Bears improved to 5-0 in the Southeast Conference with the win to stay atop the standings, with three more conference games coming up in the next three days. A second game against KayHi kicks off today at 2 p.m., with a doubleheader against hosting Sitka spread over tonight and Saturday morning.
Isturis was 3-for-4 on the day while plating his six RBIs. Senior third baseman Sean Bavard was also 3-for-4 in the game, with a double and two runs scored.
Starting pitcher Miles Bedford, a sophomore lefty, helped JDHS jump out to an early 8-1 lead by the third inning. Bedford allowed just one run, on a solo home run in the third, and a pair of hits through four full innings. The Kings jumped on him with three hits and five runs in the fifth, though, before he was pulled with two outs and fellow sophomore lefty Damon Ludwig took over. Bedford struck out five and allowed just two walks.
Ludwig picked up the save after pitching the final 2 ⅓ innings, allowing just three hits.