What a difference a night makes.
After showing a 15-4 upper hand against the Ketchikan Lady Kings on Thursday, the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears girl’s softball team was dealt a short deal in the dusk of a 6-4 Friday night loss.
The JDHS batters were retired in order to open the fifth inning and the 90-miniute running clock was down to 25 seconds.
JDHS believed they had one more chance at bat, the umpires believed other wise and the game was called.
“All games are 90 minutes by ASAA rule,” JDHS coach Dave Massey said. “The inning starts when the last out is made. I believed we were allowed to play our at bat as their was still time on the clock when the last out was made. We should have played another inning but the umpires called it. If it was a league game or a state game it would have been protested.”
Malin Murray scored from third as Ketchikan attempted to gun down a runner stealing second, giving JDHS a 1-0 lead. Ketchikan tied the game in the bottom of the third and took a lead in the fourth.
Trailing 3-1 with two outs, the Crimson Bears hit back-to-back doubles and Savannah Schauwecker gave the Crimson Bears a 4-3 lead by hitting a two-run home run to left field. Ketchikan tied the game at 4-4 heading into the top of the fourth and Kayhi scored twice.
“Ketchikan stepped up their game from the night before and we didn’t play up to our level from the night before,” Massey said. “It is early in the season and it is one of the learning lessons that you go through. We just didn’t hit the ball as hard and had a tendency to pull the ball and hit pop ups. Ketchikan was more focused. In a close game it doesn’t take a lot of mental errors to make a difference.”
Schauwecker pitched five innings with five strikeouts. Murray had two hits on the night and Schauwecker had two RBIs.