The Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears took one step closer to a state title with a 19-0 mercy-rule rout of the Kodiak Bears on Thursday evening, with starter Miles Bedford giving up no hits in five innings of work.
"They came out ready to play today." manager Steve Bavard said of his still in-state undefeated Crimson Bears. "This is just one game so we need to come out and do the same thing tomorrow. They kept their focus and in a 19-0 game, sometimes the game gets away from the kids but they hung in there today and kept playing."
Bedford breezed through five innings in the day's third game of the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska State Baseball Tournament after a rain delay, surrendering just three walks while striking out six.
"It felt phenomenal," Bedford said. "I've been to state once before as a freshmen and didn't get to play that much, so to actually play in a big-time situation is a good feeling and I couldn't have hoped to have done better."
The Bears struck for two runs in the top of the first inning, beginning with a Dylan Baker single, followed by a Vinnie Isturis walk and an Aaron Cohen infield hit to load the bases.
Alex DeRocher put the Bears on the board, drawing a walk to score Baker, and Keath Flint grounded out to second to bring in Isturis and give Juneau-Douglas an early 2-0 lead.
The Bears added three more runs in the second as Baker laced a double to left-center, followed by an Isturis walk.
Ibesate, who had reached on a fielder's choice, scored on wild pitch and Cohen beat out another infield hit to plate Baker and give the Bears a 4-0 lead. DeRocher bounced out to second to score Isturis and push the Bears' lead to 5-0 at the end of two.
Baker led off the fourth after reaching base on a Kodiak throwing error. Isturis plated Baker with a double to the wall and Cohen followed with an RBI single - his third hit of the game - to score Isturis.
After DeRocher was hit by a pitch, Flint singled on a high bloop down the right-field line to load the bases. Courtesy runner Justin Brooks scored on a Kodiak throwing error after a groundball off the bat of Alex Campbell to extend the JDHS lead to 8-0.
DeRocher pushed the lead to nine after scoring from third on an errant pickoff attempt from the Kodiak catcher that rolled into left field.
The flood gates opened in the top half of the fifth inning as the Crimson Bears exploded for 10 runs to help pave the way to the win while improving their perfect in-state record to 19-0.
The Crimson Bears will play West Valley on Friday at 4 p.m. The Wolfpack defeated West Anchorage 5-4.
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