The Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears took care of business Saturday morning, defeating Palmer 13-1 in a game that was called in the third inning.
“We were able to stay focused and play some pretty good ball,” manager Dave Massey said. “We suited up roughly 18 kids and I’m happy that we were able to get everybody in, and get everybody some playing time at the varsity level. Overall, our hitting and defense went well and I was pretty happy with our pitching both days.”
Palmer’s starting pitcher struggled to find the strike zone in the first inning, issuing eight walks. The Bears took full advantage, plating seven runs, most of which were forced in by base on balls. Ashli Kikendall had the lone hit, a single, for JDHS in the inning. Megan Mauseth, Kikendall, Taylor Larson, Gracie Meiners, Peyton Millay, Gabbie Saldivar and Hailey Pusich all came across to score for the Bears.
The Moose scored a run in the top half of the third inning to cut the deficit to 7-1, but JDHS was far from done. Rachel Doogan led off the bottom of the third with a walk, took second base on a passed ball and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Kalea Chapman drew a walk and Jennifer Nelson was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Drea Gordon hit into a fielders choice to score Doogan and push the score to 8-1 in favor of JDHS. Taylor Larson followed with a towering three-run homer over the fence in right-center to break the game open and give the Bears an 11-1 lead.
Kaci Hansen doubled over the centerfielder’s head, and Kyelisa Graham followed with a single down the left-field line to advance the courtesy runner Gracie Meiners to third. Meiners later scored on passed ball and Chelsea Flint doubled to center to score Graham from second base, putting JDHS up 13-1.
The Bears drew a total of ten walks in the game.
Kikendall started for Juneau-Douglas, pitching all three innings, striking out two.
“It gets us ready to take our big trip next week,” Massey said of the win. “We’re going to be playing a total of 21 varsity and junior varsity games, so that’s about half of our season in about five days. It’s going to be pretty intense but the girls are pretty healthy, and we’re looking forward to it.”
On Friday night, the Bears cruised past Palmer 19-2 behind a 7-RBI performance from sophomore Malin Murray.
Murray finished 3-for-4 at the plate with a home run. Larson, who also went deep in the game, finished 1-for-3 with two RBIs and three runs scored.
Nelson started the game for JDHS, pitching two innings before being relieved by Murray.