The Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team struck early and held on late to beat Sitka High School on Thursday at Ketchikan.
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The Crimson Bears opened the final four-game Southeast Conference series of the year with a 5-4 win against the two-time state defending champs. JDHS scored four times in the bottom of the first inning.
Joe Kohan took the first pitch over the right-field fence to spark Juneau's big first inning.
"It worked out great," JDHS coach Jim Ayers said. "What was nice was Joey Kohan walked up there and hit the ball to the opposite-field alley, probably 340 feet, over the right-field fence."
With two outs in the first, Aaron Cohen doubled home Nano Jacobsen while Corey Mahar and Shane Rud added RBI singles to put JDHS up 4-0.
"That was huge to score with two outs," Ayers said.
Sitka chipped away at Juneau's lead with runs in the third, fifth, sixth and seventh inning.
With the score 4-3 in favor of Juneau, Shawn Ibesate drove in Clae Baker with a key insurance run.
The run proved huge as Sitka scored in the seventh inning and nearly won the game.
With two outs and two men on, the Wolves' Jacob Houston drove the ball to center field.
Ayers said Cohen made a running catch over his shoulder to end the game.
"Mahar's got wheels and a lot of confidence," Ayers said.
Sean Bavard allowed two runs off six hits in four innings to earn the win. Ryan Beason yielded three hits in three innings of relief.
Kohan led Juneau with a 3-for-4 effort while Jacobsen went 2-for-3.
Cohen and Mahar each went 1-for-3 with an RBI in the win.
The conference-leading Crimson Bears (13-4, 6-3 Southeast) will take on Sitka at 3 p.m. and Ketchikan at 6 p.m. today and at 3 p.m. Saturday against the Kings.
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