The Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team sealed the Southeast Conference regular-season championship Saturday at Ketchikan High School.
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The Crimson Bears (15-5, 8-4 Southeast) beat the Kings 5-3 on Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader to win the title. JDHS dropped the nightcap 7-5 to Ketchikan.
"Everybody went in to do what they needed to do," JDHS coach Jim Ayers said of the first game. "We played a great game."
After beating Sitka 11-3 in five innings Friday, the Bears wasted little time making sure they secured the title Saturday.
JDHS broke open a scoreless game with three runs in the third and two more in the fourth.
The Kings rallied for two runs in the sixth and one more in the seventh, but the Bears held their ground in the win.
Clae Baker threw all seven inning for the win. He allowed one earned run off four hits with six strikeouts.
Eight players got hits for JDHS as Joe Kohan went 1-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs.
Nano Jacobsen went 2-for-3 while Shawn Ibesate, Ryan Beason, Corey Mahar, Shane Rud, Sean Bavard and Baker had one hit each in the win.
Ketchikan rallied from a four-run deficit to upend JDHS in the second game on Saturday.
JDHS started strong, touching Kings starter Trevor Norton for four runs in the first two innings.
Ketchikan scored two runs in the third to cut Juneau's lead to 4-2.
The two teams exchanged runs in the fifth before the Kings put up four runs in the bottom of the sixth for the win.
Kohan led the Bears' bats with a leadoff home run and two runs scored. The junior has hit home runs in four straight games and has gone deep in six of his last seven contests.
Beason went 2-for-3 with a run scored and Jacobsen added a base hit in the win.
On Friday, Juneau-Douglas routed Sitka 12-3 in five innings.
Kohan hit a home run, two singles and drove in two runs for JDHS.
Jacobsen, Cohen and Rud had two base hits each and Bavard added a base hit in the win.
Dylan Baker pitched the final three innings for the win while Chris Millay started the game with two shutout innings. The duo allowed just one hit in the win.
JDHS will play either Prince of Wales, Wrangell or Petersburg in the first game of the Southeast Conference tournament at 3 p.m. Thursday in Sitka
The top two teams in the region tournament will qualify for the state tournament in Fairbanks.
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