Ketron helps Santa Rosa JC win state
Jackson Ketron and the Santa Rosa Junior College Bear Cubs now stand on top of California’s juco baseball world.
Ketron, a 2012 Douglas High School graduate, pitched 10 innings and didn’t allow an earned run along the way to help Santa Rosa on its run to the California Community College Athletic Association championship. The Bear Cubs ended their season with a 6-3 victory over Golden West (Huntington Beach, Calif.) in the state final four game Monday at John Euless Ballpark in Fresno.
Ketron, a 6-foot-1, 186-pound sophomore right-hander, appeared in five of Santa Rosa’s 12 postseason games. He threw three scoreless innings in a 7-3 regional loss against Reedley, then came back the next day to pitch 1.1 innings and close out a season-saving 8-0 victory. He also pitched four scoreless innings one week later in a 3-1 loss against Folsom Lake in the super regional series.
Santa Rosa rebounded from first-game losses against both Reedley and Folsom Lake to advance in the best-of-three series play.
For the season, Ketron’s stats include appearances in 21 games, with a 3-1 record and one save. He compiled a 1.89 ERA with 30 strikeouts and 22 walks in 33.1 innings. He limited opposing hitters to a .145 batting average for the season.
Ketron worked 3.1 perfect innings on Feb. 25 to earn credit for a 3-2 win over Cañada. He retired each of the 10 batters he faced and struck out the side in the ninth inning.
Co-MVP recipients for the state tournament were Santa Rosa shortstop Jake Scheiner and ace pitcher Alec Rennard, who registered his first save of the season. Rennard (14-1, 1.40) was Northern California Pitcher of the Year.