Bears roll in local tourney

Larson goes 2-2 with 2 homers, 4 RBIs in opener at Melvin Park

The Juneau-Douglas and Thunder Mountain softball teams recently completed a five-team tournament, and, as expected, the Crimson Bears rolled through the competition on Saturday at Melvin Park.

The Crimson Bears defeated each of the four teams in a 65-minute, drop-dead game format in which games stopped no matter the situation once the 65 minutes were complete. JDHS defeated its four opponents — TMHS, Sitka, North Pole and Ketchikan — by a combined score of 32-7.

The Bears defeated the Falcons 7-2, the Wolves 3-2, the Patriots 13-3 and the Kings 9-0. Taylor Larson went 2-2 with two home runs and four RBIs in the team’s win over TMHS, and Ashley Kikendall pitched five innings of no-hit softball in the first two games to go along with 12 strikeouts.

Thunder Mountain continued to experience some growing pains early in the year as it lost each game by a combined score of 24-5. The Falcons lost to Ketchikan, Sitka and North Pole 8-1, 6-0 and 3-2, respectively, to go along with the 7-2 loss to the Bears.

The Falcons take the diamond again for a two-game series with Ketchikan on Thursday and Friday before hosting Sitka in a doubleheader on Saturday evening.

Juneau-Douglas will host Palmer on Friday and Saturday.

All games will be played at Melvin Park. Please check the around town schedule for all game times.

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