JDHS softball finishes regular season 17-2-1

Juneau-Douglas capped off the softball regular season Friday with a series split with the Wolves in Sitka.


The Crimson Bears lost their second game of the season Thursday, 13-4, before rebounding for a 6-1 win on Friday.

The large schools defending state champion Crimson Bears finished the year 17-2-1, and will begin defense of their title Friday, but the opponent and time has yet to be announced.

Manager Dave Massey said the team did not play well Thursday and might have been a bit distracted.

“It was one of those things,” he said. “Every once in a while, something like that happens.”

The Bears managed just five hits, and senior Taylor Larson had the only hit for extra bases, an RBI triple.
Larson also scored a run on a Wolves error. Megan Wright added an RBI single. The Bears spent most of day hitting pop ups and fly balls, Massey said.

“Their fences are almost 40 feet deeper than ours and it seemed like when we played deep, the hits dropped in front of our outfield. And when we played up, they went over or between and we had to chase the ball back to the fence,” he said. “Sometimes that’s the way it goes.”

Sitka pounded out 13 hits for its 13 runs.

After the uncharacteristically poor performance, JDHS rebounded on Friday, turning the tables on Sitka by putting the ball in play with only six fly outs in 32 at-bats.

The Bears raked with 16 hits in the 6-1 win over the defending small schools state champion.

Megan Mauseth was 2-for-4 with a run scored, Jennifer Nelson was 3-for-4 with a run, Taylor Larson had a double, two RBIs and scored a run, Kaci Hansen was 2-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and a run, Malin Murray had an RBI triple and scored twice, and Gabbie Saldivar and Ashli Kikendall each had two hits.

Murray gave up four hits in two innings before being relieved by Kikendall.



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