In a weekend series in Sitka against Ketchikan and Sitka, the Juneau-Douglas High School junior varsity baseball team won three of four games.
The JV team's record improved to 6-3, jumping over Ketchikan for the top record in the conference. Ketchikan currently is 5-4, while Sitka is 4-5. The JV season ends with a six-game series this coming Thursday through Sunday against Sitka, Ketchikan, Petersburg and Wrangell.
On Thursday, the Bears started with a 6-3 win over Ketchikan using aggressive bunting and base running. The JDHS bats went dead for the second game, with only four hits in a 7-2 loss to Sitka.
On Friday, the Bears beat Ketchikan 6-4 with sound baseball. They then broke out the bats Saturday, with a 16-5 trouncing of Sitka that was called due to the 10-run mercy rule.
For the weekend, the Bears were led offensively by freshman Brenden Winters' 5-for-8 effort at the plate. Sophomore Alex Campbell went 6-for-11 in support, while classmate Ryan Doogan was 6-for-13.
In the final game against Sitka, sophomore swing player Damon Ludwig went 3-for-3 with a home run and two doubles.
On defense, sophomores Brenden Daugherty and Justin Brooks made several key defensive plays and played the series without an error. Juneau-Douglas' pitching was not dominating, but, by spreading hurling duties over several pitchers, they were able to keep the opposing score low and stay in each game.
Pitching on the weekend were freshmen Chris Luck and Ryan Kelly, along with sophomores Ryan Doogan, Alex Campbell and Damon Ludwig. Sophomore McLean Cannon came in to close out two of the games, throwing shut-out baseball.
"These kids worked just as hard as the varsity for over two months before the start of the season," head coach Sheldon Winters said. "Their work and dedication is now paying off in a very short season and they deserve recognition for that."