In the first-ever baseball meeting between the two schools, the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears pounded out 25 hits on their way to a 28-0 rout of the young, overmatched Falcons on Thursday night at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.
"The guys did a really good job. They hit the ball well and we had defense behind (Damon Ludwig) tonight," JDHS assistant coach Matt Thrasher said. "We just have to keep up the intensity because next week we have regions, and, hopefully, we do well in that and we can go on to state."
The Crimson Bears jumped out fast with a 10-run first inning and never looked back.
Vinny Isturis drew a one-out walk, stole second, moved to third on a passed ball and scored on an Alex DeRocher RBI single to left to open up the scoring. Keath Flint followed with a single and Ryan Kelly laced a base hit, scoring both DeRocher and Flint to give the Bears a 3-0 lead.
Ludwig helped himself out by connecting with a two-run homer to left-center field, extending the lead to five.
"I was seeing the ball really well. I got a pitch that was up in the zone and I was able to drive it," Ludwig said.
Dominic Holloway followed with a walk, stole second and scored on a Brendan Daugherty RBI single. Jamie Daniel added a base hit followed by an Isturis infield single that scored Daugherty, and Daniel scored on a past ball, pushing the Juneau-Douglas lead to 7-0.
DeRocher knocked in Isturis with his second hit of the inning, and a Falcon fielding error helped score Aaron Cohen who had reached after being hit by a pitch and extending the first-inning lead to 10-0 in favor of the Crimson Bears.
The second inning brought more of the same as Juneau-Douglas plated 10 more runs, beginning with a leadoff walk from Holloway.
Daugherty knocked in Holloway with a standup triple down the left-field line, and Cohen followed with an RBI single, pushing the lead to 12.
DeRocher belted his third hit of the game with a single to right, and Flint helped bring in another run after being hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
Kelley continued the rout, singling to right to score Cohen and force Thunder Moutain to go to the bullpen, which would prove to be a common theme in the game.
Ludwig walked to score a run, Holloway tacked on another after being hit by a pitch, and Daugherty tacked on one more with a bloop single over the pitcher's mound, pushing the score to 17-0.
Daniel singled in yet another run, Isturis helped add to the lead with another hit by a pitch, and Cohen followed with an RBI single to cap off the second inning scoring.
The Bears struck for two more in the third.
Thunder Mountain put two runners on base in the bottom half of the third after Dalton Small reached on an error, followed by Brenyn Marshall's single to right.
But Ben Bullick bounced into an inning-ending double play to end the Falcon threat.
Ludwig continued to cruise on the mound, scattering four hits over five shutout innings and fanning five Falcon batters.
JDHS tacked on six more runs in the fifth, and Daugherty finished with four hits in the win.
Juneau-Douglas (12-0, 9-0) will take on Thunder Mountain again today at 6 p.m. at Adair Kennedy Memorial park.
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