Crimson Bears hot on diamond Girl's softball team racks up wins

Crimson Bears leadoff batter Emma Good reached first base. Second batter Savennah Schawacker joined her... as did Kayla Balovich and Ashley Buck and the season looks promising.


The JDHS softball team loaded the bases in the first inning and the second to open their home season against the Lathrop Malemutes with an 8-3 win on Thursday night, and then followed that with a night cap 7-3 victory over the Malemutes.

The Crimson Bears scored four runs in the first inning in the opener with Gracie Meiners knocking in two runs. Meiners totaled three hits and 5 RBIs for the game, including a single in the second and a double in the fourth.

Senior Ashli Kikendall allowed just one run in three innings of work on the mound and junior Malin Murry two runs in relief.

JDHS again got four runs in the first inning of game two on Thursday night with Murray (2-3) singling in the first and blasting a homer in the fifth.

Lathrop closed to 4-3 with three runs in the top of the fifth but Balovich threw a pitch to force a fly out and end the rally.

Murray then hit her solo homer in the fifth, Balovich singled to center field and Kaitlin Fagerstrom came in as her courtesy runner. Meiners hit an RBI single to score Fagerstrom and Kikendall a sacrifice grounder to second scoring Meiners.

On Friday the Crimson Bears took out Sitka 7-4 and lost to West 8-2.

Against Sitka, Gracie Meiners went 3-3 at the plate, doubling in the third inning and singling in the second and fifth innings.

Ashli Kikendall worked out of six difficult moments. She pitched seven innings and allowed four earned runs on five hits. Kikendall faced her toughest moment in the seventh inning.

The Crimson Bears never trailed after scoring one run in the first on an RBI single by Savanna Schauwecker. They added six more runs in the bottom of the third. Malin Murray started the inning with a single, scoring Emma Good. That was followed up by Schauwecker’s single, bringing home Murray.

After pushing across four runs in the top of the fourth, Sitka faced just a 7-4 deficit. A two-run double by Gluth and a two-run single by Lowrance fueled Sitka’s comeback. Finally, Kikendall got Saunders to strike out to end the threat.

Against West, Hits by Schauwecker, Murray, and Meiners weren’t enough to beat West. Meiners and Balovich earned RBIs for JDHS’ two runs scored by Schauwecker and Kaitlin Fagerstrom in the bottom of the 6th inning.

West was sparked by Jamie Bingham and Nanea Tali, who teamed up for four hits and three RBIs. JDHS committed six errors in the loss.

On Saturday JDHS beat Lathrop 5-2 as Balovich went 3-3 at the plate in five innings. She tripled in the third inning and singled in the second and fifth innings.

Lathrop had no answer for Schauwecker, who kept runners off the base paths in her appearance. Schauwecker held Lathrop hitless over two innings, allowed no earned runs, walked none and struck out three.

JDHS next stopped Ketchikan 4-2.

Kayhi wasn’t able to come back from the hole it dug itself into after falling behind by four runs in the third inning.

Schauwecker had a hot bat for JDHS, going 2-2 with 1 RBI. She doubled in the second inning and singled in the third inning. JDHS got a second inning rally that saw three runs cross the plate on a two-run double by Kikendall and an RBI single by Fagerstrom.

Fagerstrom next helped JDHS beat TMHS 3-0, going 2-2 at the plate, with a single in the second and third innings. Balovich kept TMHS off the scoreboard for all four innings she was on the hill, allowing no opposing players to cross the plate on five hits while ringing up eight. The game was never in doubt after the second, as JDHS scored one run on an RBI single by Doogan.

The Crimson Bears were outmuscled by West next, 9-0 at Melvin Park, as Eagles’ ace Pauline Tufi allowed zero hits over two innings. Meiners paced JDHS at the plate, going 1-2 with a singled in the second inning. Kikendall handled West’s lineup with ease, racking up five strikeouts. Kikendall allowed three earned runs on eight hits and two walks over 3 2/3 innings.

JDHS took down the Sitka Wolves 7-2 to round out their weekend of play.

Ten players went 1-1 and JDHS bats were hot across the roster with hits by Gordon, Schauwecker, Murray, Balovich, Held, Buck, and Meiners. Schauwecker, Balovich, Buck, and Meiners earned RBIs, scoring one run in the first inning and six runs in the second.

Sitka started the game with Lowrance hitting a hard ground single scoring Riggs, and then couldn’t score again until the 6th inning with Workman hitting an out of the park home run, no one on base.


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