Juneau's American Legion Post 25 Midnight Suns lost 7-5 to Wasilla on Friday, but bounced back to beat Dimond 7-2 and West Anchorage 7-1 in a double header on Saturday to bring their record to 10-8 on the season.
In the loss to Wasilla, Juneau wasted a great pitching performance by Kalen Meek, who gave up just four hits and no earned runs in eight innings. But that wasn't enough to overcome six errors by Juneau's defense.
"We gave Wasilla the game," coach Jim Ayers said. "It was terrible to watch. The whole game was pitiful. We outhit them, but errors happened to come at key times."
Mike Rader and Steve Hartrich had doubles for the Midnight Suns.
The Midnight Suns got a fresh start against Dimond on Saturday. Evan Scandling struck out six batters and surrendered just three hits for the complete-game victory. Bud Baun doubled twice with an RBI and scored three runs.
"It was a great game. Evan went the distance was never in trouble," Ayers said. "He pitched a great game. Plus, our offense came through for us. We only struck out twice the entire game and played flawless ball."
The second game of the doubleheader against West Anchorage featured another stellar pitching performance for Post 25. This time Zach Kohan flirted with a no-hitter, but his bid fell short in the fifth inning when West's Mike Hansen blooped a single into centerfield.
"Kohan had the big NH going for a while." Ayers said. "Everybody just went to work. We're playing good baseball."
Bryson Buck homered in the fourth inning and Nick Wolf added a double.
"Bryson Buck had a great week," Ayers said. "This is a kid who wasn't a starter on the high school team and now he's leading us in batting average. He's moved up from eighth to fourth in the batting order."
Juneau plays East Anchorage today at 6 p.m. at Anchorage's Kosinski Field before traveling to Kenai for two games. Lopaka Pavitt will make his first start on the mound for the Midnight Suns against East.
"Lopaka hasn't had a start and he deserves one," Ayers said. "I'm not saving any pitchers -- just going on rotation. Our goal right now is to keep playing good baseball."
Wasilla 7, Midnight Suns 5
Friday's game at Wasilla
Midnight Suns 000 100 013 -- 5 8 6
Wasilla 010 300 021 -- 7 4 5
Meek, Pavitt (9) and Baun; Webb, Jensen (9) and Schmetz. WP -- Webb. LP -- Meek. 2B -- Midnight Suns: Rader, Hartrich. Wasilla: None. 3B -- None. HR -- None.
Midnight Suns 7, Dimond 2
Saturday's first game at Kosinski Fields
Midnight Suns 020 300 2 -- 7 8 0
Dimond 000 101 0 -- 2 3 2
Scandling and Baun; Goodrett, Donner (4) and Blake. WP -- Scandling. LP -- Goodrett. 2B -- Midnight Suns: Baun 2. Dimond: None. 3B -- None. HR -- None.
Midnight Suns 7, West Anchorage 1
Saturday's second game at Kosinski Fields
Midnight Suns 000 103 3 -- 7 8 1
West Anchorage 000 010 0 -- 1 1 1
Kohan and Baun; Tenkspeth, Yates (6), Beldgs (7) and Wagg. WP -- Kohan. LP -- Tenkspeth. 2B -- Midnight Suns: Wolf. West: None. 3B -- None. HR -- Midnight Suns: Buck. West: None.
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