After win, Bears to head to Fairbanks

Posted: Sunday, June 01, 2008

Juneau-Douglas High School baseball will head to Fairbanks and the Alaska School Activities Association State Baseball Tournament ranked number one after beating Sitka on Saturday.

The Crimson Bears captured the Southeast conference tournament championship after handing rival Sitka an 11-7 loss.

Shawn Ibesate lifted the Bears late in the game with a grand slam home run and Joe Kohan pitched 5⅓ innings for the win.

Buzz Ward had three hits and two RBIs and kick-started a six run fifth inning with a solo home run.

Leading up to Ibesate's base-clearing hit, Sitka's pitching staff allowed the Bears to load the bases with singles by Shane Rud and Dylan Baker and a batter who was hit by a pitch. Rud and Baker both batted two-of-four for the game.

Dakota Smith earned a big save when he relieved Kohan who had pitched into a minor jam. With the Wolves threatening to tie the game with runners at the corners and Sean O'Neill - Sitka's hero of the night before - at the plate, Smith struck out O'Neill and forced the next batter to ground out, ending Sitka's hopes of a rally.

On Thursday, the Region V Champion Bears will face Dimond, the second seed in the Cook Inlet Conference, in Fairbanks. Sitka will face Chugiak, Cook Inlets' top seed.

Friday night, the Bears easily defeated Wrangell 12-1 with hot batting and a walk-off homer from Joe Kohan. A two-run shot in the fifth from Kohan ended the lob-sided contest by implementation of the 10 rule. Kohan was 2-of-3 with 5 RBIs on the night.

Two JDHS batters had perfect nights at the plate as Aaron Cohen was 3-of-3 with 2 RBIs and Dylan Baker finished 2-of-2 with a homer and 2 RBIs.

Christopher Millay pitched a one hitter and picked up the win for Juneau.

On Saturday, Sitka advanced to the championship game against the Bears, defeating Wrangell 6-2. Catcher Sean O'Neill lifted the Wolves from a 2-1 deficit with a grand slam to break the game open.

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