On Wednesday, Juneau-Douglas junior Andrew Hall more than made up for a rough outing in the Crimson Bears' 6-5 win over host Sitka.
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Hall struggled with control problems in his two innings on the hill, allowing three runs before being replaced in the third.
Despite his tough time on the mound, the junior picked up his team with his bat. Hall delivered a key fifth-inning, two-run double that tied the game at 5-5. Freshman Corey Mahar's sacrifice provided the game-winning run in a crucial Southeast Conference matchup.
Clae Baker struck out eight batters and allowed two runs in five innings of relief for the win. In all, Baker and Hall only allowed two base hits.
"Some things in life are going to go wrong," JDHS coach Jim Ayers said. "The question is, 'Do you keep your spirit and confidence up or do you crater?' In this case, we were down 5-1, but Baker got the guys fired up and they picked up Hall. Instead of pouting, (Hall) made up his mind that it's his job to hit the ball. They supported each other."
Hall allowed three runs in the second, and Baker yielded a two-run home run to E.B. Crow in the third, as JDHS quickly fell behind 5-0.
The Crimson Bears struck for a run in the fourth, as Buzz Ward's fielder's choice drove in Pedro Mojica. Down 5-1, the Bears went ahead in the fifth.
Joe Kohan and Nano Jacobsen singled, while Pat Kohan drew a walk to load the bases. Mojica hit an RBI infield single, and Shawn Ibesate plated Jacobsen with a walk to cut Sitka's lead to 5-3.
Hall then delivered a key two-run double, followed by Mahar's game-winning sacrifice.
Sitka's Bryn Calhoun went the full seven inning for the Wolves.
"He pitched an incredible game," Ayers said of Calhoun. "We only had six hits, but that kid was all guts. He pitched well when on top, and well when he was down."
JDHS beat Sitka 8-5 on Thursday to take first place in the Southeast Conference.
Editor's note: Look for details on Thursday's game in Sunday's edition of the Empire.