A 12-run first inning for the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears put their visiting Railbelt Conference foe Wasilla in a hole.
A deep wet Southeastern softball mud hole.
“The key was we are a Southeastern team and they are not,” JDHS coach Dave Massey said. “We knew how to play in the rain.”
Wasilla pitchers had trouble controlling the softball on Thursday at Melvin Park 2, allowing 19 walks, and four hits while just striking out one.
Kayla Balovich struck out one and walked three while allowing two hits and three earned runs in the two-inning game shortened due to time limits.
Randi Held started the soggy point gathering with a walk in the first inning and advanced to second as Rachel Doogan was hit by a pitch. The duo advanced on a double steal and Held stole home on a passed ball as the rain continued to down pour on the field.
Andrea Gordon walked, Balovich walked and Malin Murry walked to score Doogan for a 2-0 lead.
Grace Meiners walked scoring Gordon and Emma Good was hit by a pitch scoring Balovich. Savannah Schauwecker walked scoring Murray and Meiners scored on a steal. Held walked for the second time in the inning and Doogan reached base for the second time on four straight pitches scoring Good. Gordon walked for the second time scoring Schauwecker and Balovich walked again, scoring Held.
Murray walked for the second time in the inning to score Doogan. Good would single in Balovich and Murray would score on an error by the Warriors catcher for the 12 run advantage.
After a first inning ground out, Wasilla’s Bushnell singled to centerfield and advanced on teammate Elkins’ single. Edwards walked to load the bases and Simmons walked scoring Bushnell.
A catcher’s interference call against JDHS put Wallace on base and scored Elkins and when Cline walked scoring Edwards it appeared the Crimson Bears were having rain problems too.
Meiners made her third out of the inning by snaring a hard line drive to end the threat. The lanky first base fielder had taken two ground balls for the prior outs.
Walks to Breanne Chapman, Gordon and Balovich loaded the bases in the second inning and JDHS’ scored on a passed ball. Murray scarified in Gordon and walks to Meiners, and Good loaded the bags again.
Schauwecker singled in Balovich, Rachelle Roldan was hit by a pitch scoring Meiners and Held was walked for the third time scoring Good. A walk to Chapman scored Schauwecker, Gordon singled in Roldan and Balovich was hit by a pitch to give the Crimson Bears their final run.
JDHS held the Warriors without a base in the bottom of the second as Balovich struck out Sandone, got Bushnell to ground to Gordon at second and Gamez to hit a weak pop to Gordon to end the game due to time.
“I thought we played good defense,” Massey said. “We didn’t swing at too many bad pitches and, actually, we took a few more strikes than I would have liked but it is hard not to when you are being given a fair amount of balls. But our kids were focused and that is our theme for the rest of the year.”
The two teams meet again today (Friday) at 5 p.m. on Melvin Park 2.