Juneau completes weekend sweep

Posted: Sunday, May 26, 2002

The Juneau-Douglas High School baseball completed a five-game weekend sweep on Friday and Saturday, beating Sitka once and Ketchikan twice to complete the regular season.

The Crimson Bears (13-1 overall, 13-1 Region V) defeated Kayhi 4-0 on Friday afternoon and trounced the Wolves, 24-6, on Friday evening. They won against Ketchikan again on Saturday by a score of 12 to 2.

Juneau will travel to Palmer next weekend for the state tournament, where they will face East Anchorage to open play on Friday.

"Our pitching looks strong, and we're ready to go play East," Juneau coach Jim Ayers said.

In Friday's early game, Juneau pitchers Brett Fairchild and Greg Smith combined for a one-hitter against the Kings.

Fairchild started and pitched five innings for the win. Fairchild threw seven strikeouts, and Smith had four in two innings of relief. Juneau only issued one walk in the game.

"Ketchikan came out to get us," Ayers said. "Fairchild did a great job."

Offensively, Juneau jumped ahead with one run in the first. Joe Ayers singled, stole second and advanced to third on a grounder. Dylan Hickey was hit by a pitch, and during a double steal attempt he got picked off but stayed in the rundown long enough to allow Ayers to score.

Juneau added one run in the fifth on an RBI single by Jake Dutton, and the Bears scored two more in the sixth. Ayers went 2 for 3 in the game with two runs and two RBI, and Evan Scandling went 2 for 4 with a run scored.

In the late game on Friday, Juneau was able to play nearly everyone on the roster as the Bears jumped out to a large lead over the Wolves early and continued to build on it through the game.

Hickey hit a two-run homer to center and Zach Kohan had an RBI double in the first, and Juneau combined strong hitting throughout the order with a number of walks issued by Sitka pitchers to score the next 21 runs. The game was called after the fifth due to the 10-run mercy rule.

Isaac Cadiente went 3 for 4 in the game with 3 RBI, Scandling went 2 for 4 with 2 RBI and Hickey went 2 for 3 with four runs and four RBI. C.J. Corso had a three-run homer, three runs and five RBI for Juneau, and Kohan scored five runs in the game.

Mike Loucks had a two-run home run for Sitka.

Kyle Lanz started for Juneau, and was relieved by Wil Ridgeway. Dutton - pitching for the first time ever in a high school game - closed out the fifth to pick up the win.

In Saturday's game, Juneau jumped out early again on a three-run homer by Hickey in the first. The Bears added three in the second, two in the third and four in the fourth, including two on a double by Kohan. The game was called in the fifth on the 10-run mercy rule.

Kohan went 2 for 2 in the game with 2 stolen bases and 2 runs scored, Smith went 2 for 2 with an RBI and Ayers and Scandling scored two runs apiece for the Bears.

Scandling started for Juneau. Kohan took over in the third, picking up the win, and Kalen Meek closed out the last inning of the game.

Seven Juneau players received all-conference honors at the conclusion of the weekend's games. Seniors Dylan Hickey, Jake Dutton and Kalen Meek and juniors Zach Kohan and Joe Ayers were named all-conference starters. Senior Brett Fairchild and junior Evan Scandling received all-conference honorable mentions.

"These are a great bunch of guys," coach Jim Ayers said. "We've played in the rain, we've played in the snow - it's a privilege to be around these guys."

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