After dropping the first contest of a four-game series against host Ketchikan on Thursday, the Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team needed to win out to keep pace with conference-leading Sitka.
Consider that mission accomplished.
The Crimson Bears (9-3) topped the Kings, 7-2, on Saturday and swept a Friday doubleheader, 6-0 and 11-8.
"Ketchikan gave us the competition and that was the fuel for us to improve," JDHS assistant coach Bill McCauley said. "Hats off to Ketchikan and that program. They are a tough program and we were fortunate to get three wins."
In Saturday's win over Ketchikan, freshman pitcher Joe Kohan yielded four hits over seven innings to lead the Bears.
Kohan had five strikeouts and allowed only two solo home runs.
Ryan Gorle had a two-run double and a run scored, Tres Saldivar added an RBI double and Jake Ridle singled home Kohan as JDHS put the game away with a four-run fourth inning.
Saldivar drove in the runs in the win.
"The bottom of the batting order carried us offensively," McCauley said. "This is a game where the bottom of the order scored the runs and provided quite a bit of the firepower. That was a nice turnaround."
On Friday, Jesse Nelson fired a complete-game one hitter as Juneau-Douglas toppled the Kings, 6-0, in the first game.
Nelson struck out 12 batters in the win.
"He had excellent control," McCauley said. "He threw a lot of strikes and had movement on his ball and changed speeds."
Gorle had two doubles and scored twice, Pat Kohan added two runs scored, Zach Mixson homered and Chris Dillon went 2-for-3 with a run scored for the Bears.
In the nightcap, Gorle went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, a home run, two stolen bases and four runs scored as Juneau-Douglas fought back to earn an 11-8 win in nine innings.
"He's our run-scoring machine," McCauley said of Gorle. "He's our leadoff hitter and extremely fast but he can really hit. We have another leadoff hitter who also hits for power. He steals bases like crazy and scores like crazy."
Juneau scored three runs in the top of the ninth and Pat Kohan earned the win with three sterling innings of relief. Pat Kohan struck out five in the win.
Derrick Listberger scored twice, Mixson added a home run and two runs scored and Joe Kohan doubled in the win.
JDHS finishes the regular season this weekend by hosting Saturday and Sunday doubleheaders versus Prince of Wales.
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