The Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team moved into a tie with Ketchikan for first place in the Southeast Conference with an 8-2 win over the Kings on Thursday.
The Crimson Bears scored four times in the first inning in the win. Ketchikan beat Sitka 8-2 earlier on Thursday.
"This is a big game because they were in first place and now we're tied," JDHS assistant coach Bill McCauley said.
Andrew Hall pitched five strong innings to earn the win. Hall allowed just two unearned runs on three hits for JDHS. He had nine strikeouts and five walks.
Ryan Beason came on in the sixth to close out the Kings.
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"I thought he had really good control of his curve ball," McCauley said. "He had a really nice curve ball and it was effective."
Hall also broke the game open in the fifth inning with a two-run double.
JDHS received hits throughout its lineup in the win.
Shawn Ibesate doubled and scored, Aaron Cohen singled and scored twice, Nano Jacobsen singled and had a sacrifice and Corey Mahar hit a double for the Bears.
Defensively, Juneau-Douglas committed just one error and received a key play from Mahar in centerfield.
With two out and the bases loaded in the fifth inning, Mahar swooped into make a catch and snuff out a potential Kings rally.
"Our defense is working hard and guys are getting hits when we need them," JDHS coach Jim Ayers said. "Mahar made a big catch in the fifth. ... That was about to drop. That was a big play."
JDHS faces Sitka at 6 p.m. tonight at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park. The Bears close out the series Saturday with a noon contest against Ketchikan and a 6 p.m. tilt versus the Wolves.
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