Back Row (Left to Right): Brent Vollenweider, Assistant Coach Josh Bentz, Josh Dean, Rob Ridgway, Wade Walter, Matt Cary, Mike MacKinnon, Chad Bentz, Phil Usera, Jesse Parr, Kent Mearig, and Head Coach Don Cary. Front Row: Snuffy Jones, Chris Lamonica, Cory Lanz, Pat Turley, Collin Pilcher, and Luke Fanning.
The Bears kicked off the season with four-game home stand in which they swept both Ketchikan and Sitka. They finished the season with an overall record of 11-9 and went on to the Palmer State Invitational Tournament, where they attempted to defend their state title.
JDHS came up a run short in its quest to defend its Alaska Invitational Baseball Tournament title, falling to Kodiak, 7-6, in the championship game in Palmer.Snuffy Jones went the distance for the Crimson Bears, giving up five hits and six walks while striking out seven. Wade Walter knocked in and scored a run in a 3-for-4 performance at the plate and Chad Bentz finished 2-for4, with an RBI and a run scored in the loss.
The Bears took a rocky road to the final round in the five-team tourney. After dumping host Palmer in the opener, Juneau dropped a controversial 5-4 decision to Kodiak. The Crimson Bears lost more than the game in the second-round, as coaches Don Cary and Josh Bentz were ejected and suspended for a game following a disputed call on the game's final out.Still, the coachless Bears were able to bounce back, as team captains Chad Bentz and Walter led the team to a 17-1 trouncing of Colony. Walter took the complete-game victory on the mound with a two-hit, eight-strikeout performance, and chipped in at the plate as well, going 3-for-4.
The semifinal win featured an offensive explosion by the hard-hitting Bears, who notched 10 runs in the fifth inning. Matt Cary went 2-for-4, scoring two runs in the game, and Kory Lanz and Collin Pilcher each crossed the plate three times in the contest.