JDHS baseball seals top seed in region tourney

Posted: Sunday, May 25, 2008

The Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team secured a top seed in the Southeast Conference Tournament later this week with two wins on Friday and Saturday in Sitka.

The Crimson Bears (15-2) downed Ketchikan 8-6 on Friday, beat Wrangell 12-3 on Saturday but fell to the Wolves 5-0 to close out the regular season.

In Saturday's final game, Sitka's Ryan Staton pitched a complete-game, four-hit shutout to give the three-time defending champion Wolves their first win over JDHS this season. Staton allowed hits to Shawn Ibesate, Joe Kohan, Shane Rud and Aaron Cohen in the win while striking out three batters and walking two.

Rud took the loss after allowing four earned runs in four innings.

Earlier on Saturday, Juneau-Douglas scored eight runs in the sixth inning to beat Wrangell.

With the score tied 3-3 after five innings, Alex DeRocher hit a two-run home run and Aaron Cohen belted a bases-clearing triple in the sixth inning to break the game open.

Dylan Baker earned the win after pitching 2⅔ innings of shutout relief. Baker entered the game with one out and the bases loaded in the fifth. He got the first batter to pop out to first and struck out the next Wrangell player to end the threat.

Cohen started and pitched 4⅓ innings. He allowed three runs on three hits with four strikeouts and four walks.

On Friday, Juneau-Douglas rallied from a four-run deficit to beat Ketchikan.

DeRocher hit a two-run double to put JDHS ahead 5-4 in the bottom of the fifth inning. He went 2-for-3 in the win.

Mahar drove in two runs with three hits while Ward and Cohen each went 2-for-4 for JDHS.

Dakotah Smith earned the win in relief, allowing one earned run in 4⅔ innings of work.

Juneau-Douglas will play either Prince of Wales or Petersburg at 3 p.m. Thursday in Wrangell in an opening-round tournament game. The tournament runs through Saturday.

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