Back Row (Left to Right):Head Coach Will Race, Coach Frank Barthel, Jack harvey, Luke Mallinger, Kasey Watts,Bryce Swofford,Quin Gist, Niko Hebert, Coach Jim Ayers, Coach David Cesar, Front Row: Michael Cesar, Cameron Eppers, Alex Muir, Donavin McCurley, Bryan Miramontes, Devin Williams, and Riley Griffin. Not Pictured: Jacob Dale and Coach Chad Bentz
2016 Crimson Bears Seniors: Alex Muir and Devin Williams Photos by Michael Penn
Cesar, Micheal SS,3rd,C,P 13 4/18 JDHS 8 Petersburg 1 Dale,Jacob 2nd,SS,P 8 4/19 JDHS 14 Petersburg 4 Eppers, Cameron Infield 17 4/19 JDHS 15 Petersburg 4 Gist, Quin Left Field, 3rd 27 5/5 JDHS 2 Sitka 3 Griffin, Riley Infield 3 5/6 JDHS 13 Sitka 2 Harvey, Jack 1st 4 5/6 JDHS 2 Sitka 3 Hebert, Niko Outfield 31 5/12 JDHS 2 TMHS 3 Mallinger, Luke Right Field 10 5/13 JDHS 5 TMHS 11 McCurley, Donavin Centerfield,2nd 14 5/14 JDHS 5 TMHS 4 Miramontes, Bryan Right Field 6 5/20 JDHS 4 Ketchikan 2 Muir, Alex C, P 24 5/21 JDHS 11 Ketchikan 2 Swofford, Bryce P,SS,1st,3rd 5 5/21 JDHS 1 Ketchikan 3 Watts, Kasey 1st,P 12 Williams, Devin Left Field 19 Conference Record 7 wins 5 loses
Head Coach 2016 Southeast Region 5 Tournament Will Race Petersburg Assistant Coaches 5/26 JDHS 6 Ketchikan 2 Jim Ayers 5/27 JDHS 1 Sitka 7 Frank Barthel 5/28 JDHS 1 Ketchikan 2 Chad Bentz David Cesar Season Record 8 wins 7 loses
Here Come The Bears Photo by Tami Wahto
"HITS AND RUNS"
Four of the Crimson Bears 2015 freshmen starters were back as sophomores and were starters once again.
Also Crimson Bears' former coach, Jim Ayers returned and helped the team in hitting. In 2015 two players hit over .300 (Michael Cesar and Kasey Watts) In 2016 six players hit over .300 (Bryce Swofford, Michael Cesar, Kasey Watts, Donavin McCurley, Devin Williams,and Quin Gist). The 2016 team's batting average was .285, 44 points higher than last year( 17 points lower than the 2014 team).Coach Ayers was the Crimson Bears' Head Coach from 2000 to 2007.His teams won 2 state championships, came in second in the state twice,third once and fourth once.
The 2016 JDHS baseball started with 3 victories over Petersburg.The Crimson Bears scored 32 runs and the Team's batting average was .391. The leading hitters were Bryce Swofford,Michael Cesar,Kasey Watts, and Quin Gist, who combined had 77% of the total Bear's hits.
The best pitching performance was the combination of Swofford and Kasey. Swofford pitched 5 inning gave up 2 hits (2 singles), 1 unearned run and 8 strikeouts and no walks. Kasey pitched the last two innings allowed no hits, no runs, struck out 3 batters and 1 issued walk.
The remainder of the season was not as successful. However, in 12 games played JDHS lost by 1 run 4 times and won 1 game by a run. In two games the run difference was 2 runs, JDHS won one of those games and lost one. Most of these games were low scoring games (4 games were 3 to 2 games and in one game the score was 3 to 1). In only 2 games did JDHS lose by more than 2 runs. The Crimson Bears scored 80 runs and allowed 53 runs (of the total runs scored in their games the Bears scored 60% of the runs).
As I stated in an earlier report,all season the Bears outhit their opponents. In 11 of the 15 games played the Bears had more hits then their opponents. For the season the Crimson Bears had 107 hits to their opponents 76 hits. Although more players hit over .300 this year the lack of timely hits resulted in the Bears not winning some games they normally would have won. Still the Crimson Bears out hit and out scored their opponents.
As for the Bears' pitching, again the pitching was fine. The Team's ERA (ERA=ER/IP x 7) (Earned Run Average=Earned Runs divided by Innings Pitched times 7[official high school game is 7 innings]) was 2.85. Currently an ERA of 4.00 is concerned good. Therefore an ERA of 2.85 is very good. The two leading pitchers were Bryce Swofford (3 wins and 2 loses with an ERA of 1.85) and Donavin McCurley (3 wins and 2 loses with an ERA of 1.91).
On the defensive of the game the Bears will need to continue to improve. There were some fine defensive plays both by the outfield and infield during the whole season. However the team allowed 53 runs of which 33 (62%) were earned runs. The Bears committed to many errors thereby allowing 20 unearned runs to cross home plate. Errors and walks put runners on base and once on base a chance to score runs. Dean Smith, a former and successful basketball coach at the University of North Carolina had this to say about what to do about a mistake: Recognize it; Admit it; Learn from it; Forget it". The Bears win and lost record does not reflect how good this team was. As stated above they out hit their opponents. They scored more runs then their opponents. Their pitching was good.This 2016 team was a good team and next year they will be better team.