Crimson Bears’ Pitcher Bryant Shuts Out Falcons’ Hitters

    Crimson Bears' senior pitcher Garrett Bryant looks to the plate during Tuesday's Juneau-Douglas win over Thunder Mountain. (Klas Stolpe)

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Crimson Bears senior Garrett Bryant pitched the Juneau-Douglas High School Kalé to a 14-0 win over the Thunder Mountain Falcons at Adair Kennedy Field on Tuesday.

      “You have to come ready to play against a team like Juneau-Douglas,” Thunder Mountain coach Joe Tompkins said. “If not it won’t be a fun game. Garrett pitched well and kept our guys off balance.”

      Bryant did more than well, throwing 68 pitches, 45 for strikes, in a run-shortened five-inning game.

      Bryant recorded 10 strikeouts, walked three batters and hit one. He also went 3-3 at the plate with one RBI, one walk and two runs scored.

      Senior battery mate Brock McCormick led the Crimson Bears bats with 4 RBI, senior Christian Ludeman two, senior Olin Rawson, and juniors Gavin Millard and Kai Schmidt one each. Sophomore Cayden Mesdag, McCormick and Ludeman had two hits, Rawson one. Mesdag scored four runs, Millard, McCormick, Ludeman and junior Gabby Soto two each. Mesdag and Soto walked two times apiece, Millard and sophomore Kaleb Campbell one time apiece.

      Ludeman sent the Falcons outfielders running when he connected on a deep shot to left field that just cleared the fence as the leadoff batter in the top of a two-run third inning.

      The Crimson Bears scored two runs in the first inning as McCormick doubled in Mesdag and Ludeman reached on an error scoring McCormick; two runs in the second as Soto scored on a Millard flyout and Mesdag on an error at third base; two runs in the fourth as Mesdag scored on a wild pitch and Millard tagged up on a foul ball out; and six runs in the fifth inning as McCormick doubled in Soto and Mesdag, Ludeman doubled in Millard, Bryant singled in McCormick, Rawson singled in Ludeman and Bryant scored on Schmidt’s hit into a fielder’s choice.

      Thunder Mountain senior Oliver Mendoza, junior Peyton Lewis and freshman Kaeden Quinto earned walks for the Falcons and senior Josh Carte was hit by a pitch.

      Falcons’ junior Preston Williams, Lewis and freshman Liam Hart spent time on the mound.

      Thunder Mountain hosts the Sitka Wolves at Adair Kennedy Field on Friday (Varsity 7 p.m., JV 4) and Saturday (Varsity 12 & 3:30 p.m., JV 5:30).


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