Three members of last spring's state champion Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team went south this summer to help the Shockers Baseball Club of Edmonds, Wash., claim the title in Washington's Connie Mack Baseball State Championship tournament.
Dylan Hickey, who will be a freshman for the University of Dayton baseball team this fall, played left field in the title game and went 3-for-3 with a triple, a double, two RBIs, a run scored and a stolen base to lead the Shockers to an 11-4 victory over the Seattle A's on July 21.
Hickey, who played for the Shockers last year, hit better than .700 for the tournament with three triples and a double. He also took the mound for his first outing since the high school season, recording a victory as the Shockers beat Eastside earlier in the tournament.
JDHS seniors-to-be Joe Ayers and Evan Scandling also made contributions to the Shockers' title run. Ayers played solid defense at third base and added an RBI ground out in the championship game, while Scandling threw in relief. Scandling was a left-handed starting and relief pitcher this season.
Kraig Bailey of Ketchikan, another left-handed pitcher, also played for the Shockers this summer.
The Shockers' victory qualified the team for a spot at the Western Regional tournament, which opened in Long Beach, Calif., on July 25.
The Shockers crushed the Nevada state champions 11-0 to open the tournament, but lost 8-7 to eventual runner-up Oregon and were eliminated 2-0 by Northern California.
Hickey was 4-for-8 for the tournament, while Ayers made several stellar defensive plays at third. Scandling wasn't able to get into any of the games.
The regional host Long Beach Cardinals advanced the national championships Aug. 2-9 in Farmington, N.M., and won the national title over the Hammond, La., Broncos.
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