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Softball Bears pound Patriots

Posted: April 30, 2011 - 11:24pm

Juneau-Douglas improved to 4-0-1 on the year with a pair of victories over visiting North Pole on Friday at Melvin Park.

The Crimson Bears opened the doubleheader with an 8-1 win over the Patriots, with left fielder and starting pitcher Malin Murray both going yard for JDHS.

Megan Mauseth reached on an error in the first, followed by a bloop single for Jennifer Nelson. With two on and nobody out, Larson smacked a line-drive shot over the fence in center for a quick 3-0 lead.

The Bears were a bit impatient at the plate over the next few innings, swinging away early in the count and popping or flying out in eight of their next nine at-bats.

Carrie Donovan put the Patriots on the board with a run in the fourth inning, but back-to-back doubles by Murray and catcher Kaci Hansen got JDHS back on track in the fifth. Hansen’s rip to left drove in Murray, and Kalea Chapman drove in courtesy runner Kyelisa Graham with after beating out a bunt single for a 5-1 Bears lead after five.

Mauseth laced a single to left to lead off the sixth, and Nelson drew a walk. The runners advanced on a wild pitch, and Larson scored Mauseth with a sacrifice fly to center. Murray then stepped up and jacked a shot over the fence in left to set the final score.

The Bears scored eight runs on seven hits and three walks while Murray picked up the win in the circle, giving up just thee hits and a no walks with three strike outs.

JDHS won the nightcap 12-0 in five innings, with Hansen homering for the Bears.

The Crimson Bears are 4-0-1 on the year.

Wolves, Kings top TMHS

Thunder Mountain opened conference play Friday with a 16-5 loss to visiting Ketchikan in the nightcap of a doubleheader at Dimond Park.

The Kings scored two runs in the second inning before exploding for nine more in the third.

Ketchikan got six hits and four walks in 13 at-bats in the second in building a 11-0 lead.

Thunder Mountain scored five runs in the bottom of the third on four walks, but the Kings scored five more in the fourth on two hits and two walks.

The Falcons dropped the opener of their doubleheader 10-5 to Sitka.

Madi Wells had a double and an inside-the-park home run for the Falcons on her 18th birthday.

TMHS is now 1-2, 0-1 on the year.

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