Juneau-Douglas sweeps POW

Crimson Bears must wait to see if they qualify for state tournament

Posted: Monday, May 23, 2005

The Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team did their part this weekend by taking four games from Prince of Wales.

Now the Crimson Bears need Ketchikan to do its part.

JDHS needs the Kings to win at least two-of-four games next weekend against Southeast Conference leading Sitka if the Bears want to extend their season. Two wins from Kayhi would give Juneau-Douglas the conference title and a trip to the state tournament. However, if the Wolves take at least three-of-four next weekend, Sitka will play for the state championship.

The baseball and softball state tournaments take place June 3-4 in Fairbanks.

The uncertainty of the future left the Bears uneasy.

"It's not a good feeling," JDHS first baseball Zach Mixson said, who ended his regular season with a bang, driving in 16 runs and clubbing five home runs in the homestand.

The Bears closed out a four-game sweep of POW on Sunday with a pair of commanding wins.

In the nightcap on Sunday, JDHS pounded out 16 hits in a 16-1 win.

Mixson went 1-for-1 with two walks, two runs scored and blasted a two-run home run in the first inning.

The Bears scored eight runs in the first and sent 14 batters to the plate.

"This weekend our objective was to play baseball as if we were in the state championships," Juneau coach Jim Ayers said. "Not let down, not lose focus, but to play baseball and that's what we did."

Ryan Beason was 3-for-3 with two RBIs and four runs scored, Pedro Mojica was 1-for-1 with an RBI double, Gary Stevens scored twice and singled while Chris Dillon and Ryan Gorle each singled and scored in the win. Dillon also drove in two runs.

"We got our bats going and it helped the confidence for some of the players who might have been struggling," Mixson said. "We just got to hope next weekend Ketchikan can take two W's."

In the first game on Sunday, Mixson went 3-for-4 with two home runs and five RBIs to lead a 12-3 onslaught.

Gorle went 2-for-2 with three runs scored and Ridle pitched four innings of no-hit, no-run relief in the win.

On Friday, Mixson went 2-for-2 with two runs scored, six RBIs and a grand slam and pitched a five-inning no-hitter as the Bears beat POW, 10-0.

Mixson struck out eight batters in five innings in the no-hitter.

Gorle scored twice in the win.

In the second game on Friday, Mixson blasted a three-run homer and Gorle went 3-for-3 with three runs scored in the win.

Jesse Nelson earned the win, tossing a complete-game, one-hitter with eight strikeouts.

The Juneau-Douglas junior varsity split a Thursday doubleheader with Sitka, losing the first game 11-8 and winning the nightcap 9-4.

In the first game, the Wolves' Bryn Calhoun pitched all seven innings in the win.

Eric Buggins hit a three-run home run, Calhoun went 2-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBIs and Matt Loucks was 3-for-3 in the win.

Shawn Ibesate was 2-for-5 with a double and three RBIs, Alex Robinson had two hits and Sam Clark was 2-for-4.

In the second game, Sam Greely pitched 223 of hitless relief to earn the win for JDHS.

For Juneau, Joe Kohan was 2-for-3 with four runs scored, Shane Rud was 3-for-4 with four RBIs and Faifo Levale was 2-for-3 with a solo home run.

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