Falcons Baseball Win Two over Crimson Bears at Adair Kennedy Field

    Juneau-Douglas senior Brock McCormick, playing for Thunder Mountain, connects on a pitch against his Crimson Bears' teammates on Saturday. (Klas Stolpe)

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Crimson Bears senior Brock McCormick pitched four strong innings for the Thunder Mountain High School Falcons in their win over Juneau-Douglas on Saturday… wait, what?

      In a fun weekend series of baseball the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears gave one of their strong batteries, McCormick and freshman catcher Lamar Blatnick, to the Thunder Mountain Falcons, who with a roster of just 13 players welcomed the additional man power, and in return gave the Crimson Bears three games they would not have had due to the cancelation of games at Ketchikan caused by the Kayhi coronavirus outbreak.

      “The games this weekend went well,” Juneau-Douglas coach Chad Bentz said. “It was three extra games that weren’t scheduled for us so that’s always a bonus to get extra games and innings for the players. We were able to get a lot of younger guys some opportunities and some experience at the varsity level. We have multiple things we can get better at and we’ll be working hard at practice to improve in those areas.”

      The transfer for Saturday’s first game of a doubleheader saw McCormick’s strong bat nullified by his ‘former’ Crimson Bears’ teammates and when McCormick left the mound with a 6-3 lead after five innings his ‘temporary’ Falcons’ teammates closed out the win.

      McCormick finished with four strikeouts, one walk, allowing four hits and three runs.

      Sophomore Rory Hayes relieved for two hits and three runs, striking out two and walking two; and freshmen Liam Hart and Kaeden Quinto relieved to finish the seventh inning.

      Thunder Mountain held a slim 9-8 lead with the bases loaded in the seventh and Quinto got the Juneau-Douglas batter to hit into a fielder’s choice to junior third baseman Preston Williams who scooped up the ground ball and tagged his own bag to end the game.

      “We learned we can compete,” Thunder Mountain coach Joe Tompkins said of the weekend series. “And win. That playing as a team helps. Baseball is a game of failure and if you fail less, and minimize your mistakes and don’t get down on yourselves or others, it’s more fun.”

      JDHS sophomore pitcher Joe Aline allowed six hits, six runs and struck out two, and sophomore Eli Crupi allowed two hits, three runs and struck out two.

      Williams led TMHS with three RBI, junior Peyton Lewis two, seniors Oliver Mendoza and Josh Rosenbrach, and Quinto one each, and transfer Blatnick one; Williams and Mendoza had two hits, senior Josh Carte, Quinto, Lewis, and freshman Kasen Ludeman one each; Blatnick and Ludeman scored two runs apiece, Williams, Hayes, Rosenbruch, Quinto and Lewis one each.

      JDHS junior Gavin Millard had three RBI, junior Kai Schmidt two, senior Olin Rawson and sophomores Caden Mesdag and Caleb Campbell one each; Millard had two hits, Mesdag, Millard, Schmidt, freshman Landon Simonson and senior Ben Coutu one each; Simonson and senior Rae Razor scored two runs, Millard, senior Christian Ludeman, Rawson, Coutu and junior Porter Nelson one each.

      The Falcons also won the nightcap 9-7 with their own roster. TMHS scored three runs in the top of the seventh when Rosenbruch doubled in Mendoza, Rosenbruch slide safely into home on a Lewis grounder, and senior Noah Chambers doubled in Lewis.

      Rosenbruch led TMHS with four RBI, Lewis, Chambers and Williams one each; Rosenbruch, Lewis, Quinto and Williams had two hits each; Junior Isaiah Nelson, Mendoza and Rosenbruch scored two runs each, Carte, Lewis and freshman Anthony Andersen one each.

      P. Nelson led JDHS with two RBI; senior Garrett Bryant had three hits, Millard and C. Ludeman two apiece; and P. Nelson scored two runs, Millard, McCormick, C. Ludeman, Bryant and Schmidt one each.

      I. Nelson went seven innings for the win, allowing 12 hits and seven runs, striking out two and walking seven.

      Rawson threw five innings for JDHs, allowing six hits and five runs, striking out four and walking four; and Schmidt relieved, allowing six hits and four runs and striking out one.

      The Crimson Bears defeated the Falcons in Friday’s game 9-1 with C. Ludeman going three innings for the win with five strikeouts, three walks and two hits and one run allowed. Crupi and Millard relieved, each for two innings.

      Chambers and Williams threw for the Falcons, getting four and three strikeouts, respectively.

      C. Ludeman and Mesdag led JDHS with two RBI apiece; McCormick and Campbell led with two hits apiece; and Millard and Campbell two runs apiece.

      TMHS’ Rosenbruch had the lone RBI; Rosenbruch, I. Nelson and Williams one hit each; and Williams scored the lone run.

      The weekend series also featured Thunder Mountain junior Grant ‘Red Rocker’ Lathrop. The transfer from South Dakota also plays in the TMHS band and played the national anthem before the weekend games on his electric guitar.

      Thunder Mountain and Juneau-Douglas play at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Adair Kennedy (JV game at 4).

      The Falcons also host Sitka on Friday and Saturday.

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