Baker's no-hitter propels JDHS

Posted: Friday, May 30, 2008

The Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team can advance to the state tournament today after routing Petersburg in the Southeast Conference Tournament opening round on Thursday in Wrangell.

The Crimson Bears pummeled the Vikings 20-1 in five innings to move on to the semifinals of the double-elimination tournament.

Petersburg's originial opponent, Prince of Wales, did not show up to the tournament.

Dylan Baker pitched a no-hitter in the win. Baker struck out four batters and walked one in five innings. Petersburg's lone run came off a walk and an error in the fourth inning.

Offensively for Juneau-Douglas, Corey Mahar drove in five runs and scored three times. He went 2-for-5 with a home run in the win.

Alex DeRocher went 2-for-2 with two runs scored, Vinnie Isturis added two hits, a run scored and an RBI while Damon Ludwig drove in two runs off two hits and had a run scored.

Juneau-Douglas took a 7-0 lead after one inning and scored 10 runs in the fourth. Every athlete on the Crimson Bears' roster played in the win.

Juneau-Douglas will play Wrangell at 6 p.m. tonight for the right to go to the state tournament in Fairbanks.

The Wolves upset Ketchikan 4-3 in eight innings to qualify for tonight's semifinal.

Earlier on Thursday, Kayhi knocked off three-time defending state champions Sitka 7-6. The Kings led 7-1 early and held on to send the Wolves to the loser's bracket.

Petersburg and Sitka will play an elimination game at noon today, with the winner taking on Ketchikan at 3 p.m. in another loser's bracket contest.

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