4/13 Juneau 10--Wrangell 0
4/14 Juneau 13--Wrangell 0
4/14 Juneau 10--Wrangell 1
4/27 Juneau 15--Sitka 1
4/27 Juneau 4---Sitka 1
4/28 Juneau 4---E. Anch. 3
4/28 Juneau 4---Sitka 5
5/10 Juneau 8---Ketchikan 0
5/11 Juneau 2---Ketchikan 3
5/11 Juneau 4---Sitka 5
5/12 Juneau 11---Sitka 1
5/17 Juneau 8---Ketchikan 2
5/18 Juneau 5---Sitka 8
5/19 Juneau 4---Ketchikan 3
5/19 Juneau 7--Sitka 4
5/24 Juneau 5--Sitka 4
5/25 Juneau 12---Sitka 3
5/26 Juneau 5---Ketchikan 3
5/26 Juneau 5---Ketchikan 7
Southeast Regional Tournament
Juneau 16--Craig 1
Juneau 5---Sitka 1
Juneau 4---Sitka 3
Juneau 10--North Pole 0
Juneau 2---Sitka 6
Clae Baker fires a pitch
The Bears secured their first state tournament berth in three years with a 5-1 win over two-time state defending champion, Sitka, and went on to win the region title with a 4-3 victory over the Wolves. The victories helped ease the unpleasant memories of near misses in 2005 and 2006. This year, however, the Bears showed great mental strength and discipline by closing out a number of close games on their way to being named conference champs..
The Bears escaped with a 5-2 victory over Homer in the first round of the state tournament, behind a five-run fifth inning rally and a gutsy pitching performance by starting pitcher Andrew Hall, to advance past the quarter final round. Hall, who had been sidelined for three weeks with a thumb injury, fired six strong innings, tallying 13 strikeouts and yielding just three hits, pitching the Bears past the Mariners on a snowy morning in Fairbanks. Shawn Ibesate provided the offensive spark for the Bears, going 3- for-3 in the game.
Clae Baker followed by firing a no-hitter in a 10-0 win over North Pole in the semi-finals, in a game that only lasted five innings due to the mercy rule. Baker was nearly perfect, issuing just one walk in the game. The win helped the Bears reach the state title game.
Hall came back to start the title game and ran into trouble early, giving up a leadoff single and two walks in just 1/3 of an inning. Baker came in to relieve but before he could get into his groove, gave up a three-run, bases clearing triple. After that, he settled down to retire the side. Baker pitched two more innings, yielding just one more run. Joe Kohan came into pitch in the fourth and finished out the game, notching eight strikeouts in three innings of work, while allowing two runs. The Crimson Bears’ bats were quieted by Sitka hurler Bryn Calhoun, as Sitka rolled 6-2 to take the state title from the Bears. Lack of timely hitting doomed JDHS, as they loaded the bases in the first, third, and fifth innings, but were only able to score one run in the third and one in the fifth.
Baker and Ibesate were both named to the All-State Tournament
Shawn Ibesate shares a laugh with Ryan Beason
Shawn Ibesate steals third base against Homer.
George Damian slides home safely against Sitka.
Sean Bavard, Joe Kohan, and Nano Jacobsen celebrate a victory over the Wolves.
The team poses after their conference tournament clinching win over Sitka.
Shane Rud doubles against East Anchorage.
Ryan Beason fires to the plate against Ketchikan.
Joe Kohan celebrates after Shawn Ibesate tagged out a Sitka runner.
Aaron Cohen slides home safely against Sitka
The Bears batted .311 as a team with 22 home runs on the season. Joe Kohan led the Bears in Batting Average (.429), Home Runs (12), and in RBIs (29).Kohan also had 8 stolen bases. Freshman, Aaron Cohen hit .397 with 2 home runs and 20 runs batted in, and Ryan Beason batted .318 with 18 RBI.