Bear nine splits in Ketchikan

JDHS Baseball

Posted: Friday, May 23, 2003

For the second straight year, Ketchikan has left an unwelcome mark on the record of the Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team.

The Kings defeated the Crimson Bears 4-2 on Thursday at Ketchikan's Norman Walker Field to hand Juneau its first loss of the season. In Thursday's early game, the Crimson Bears crushed the Sitka Wolves 15-4.

The loss to Kayhi was Juneau's first since May 1, 2002 - when the Kings beat the Crimson Bears in Ketchikan to open that season.

BASEBALL

THURSDAY - EARLY

JUNEAU 15

SITKA 4

THURSDAY - LATE

KAYHI 4

JUNEAU 2

"The first game went so easily," Juneau head coach Jim Ayers said after the loss. "We came out the second game talking, joking, not paying attention to the game. ...

"They played fundamental baseball and we didn't."

Ketchikan (4-8) scored all the runs it would need in the bottom of the first inning on a home run by Caleb Mickel. After that, Kayhi starting pitcher Michael Meacock kept the Crimson Bears in check.

Juneau (10-1) managed one run in the second on a home run by junior Sergio Magallanes and added a second run in the fourth. The Crimson Bears threatened with two outs in the top of the seventh, but Meacock and the Kings got out of the jam to seal the upset.

In the early game against Sitka (3-8), Juneau used strong hitting and sparkling defense to trounce the Wolves.

Seniors Joe Ayers and Zach Kohan each hit a single, double and triple - but flew out in their attempt for a cycle-clinching homer. Senior Bud Baun clocked a towering two-run homer in the first.

"It was a bomb," Jim Ayers said of Baun's blast. "That set the tone for the game."

Juneau scored five runs in the first, three in the second and four in the third - and never looked back. The game was called after five innings on the 10-run rule.

In addition to their hits, Baun, Kohan and Joe Ayers each had 3 RBIs. Senior Evan Scandling had a solo home run in the third.

"As usual, it was the top of our lineup" that produced on offense, Jim Ayers said. "(Senior Nick) Wolf, (Joe) Ayers and Kohan each scored three runs, and Scandling scored two runs."

Junior Matt Greely and sophomore Zach Mixson combined to pitch the win for Juneau.

Sitka's Matt Way hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the first.

The Crimson Bears will face the Wolves and Kings again today before concluding the series - and the regular season - on Saturday against Sitka.

CRIMSON BEARS 15, WOLVES 4

Five innings

Thursday's game from Norman Walker Field, Ketchikan

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 534 21 - 15 18 0

SITKA 220 00 - 4 4 4

Juneau-Douglas - Greely, Mixson (4) and Cadiente. Sitka - Koeling and Howard. WP - Greely, rna. LP - Koeling, rna. Sv - None. 2B - Juneau-Douglas 4 (Ayers, Kohan, Magallanes, Scholl), Sitka 0. 3B - Juneau-Douglas 2 (Ayers, Kohan), Sitka 0. HR - Juneau-Douglas 2 (Baun, Scandling), Sitka 1 (Way).

KINGS 4, CRIMSON BEARS 2

Thursday's game from Norman Walker Field, Ketchikan

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 010 100 00 - 2 6 0

KETCHIKAN 301 000 0x - 4 6 1

Ketchikan - Meacock and Kolanko. Juneau-Douglas - Scandling, Kohan (6) and Baun. WP - Meacock, rna. LP - Scandling, rna. Sv - None. 2B - Ketchikan 1 (Howe), Juneau-Douglas 1 (Wolf). 3B - None. HR - Ketchikan 1 (Mickel), Juneau-Douglas 1 (Magallanes).



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