It is called “Doogie Style.”
That is when you play with no errors, play straight up, play like you have mastered that particular position because you pay attention, and play with a love for the sport of softball.
That is what the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears say when a player can perform the duties of any nine positions on the softball diamond.
And on Thursday night against the Palmer Moose, the namesake of that honor, senior Rachel Doogan, did just that.
“She has been our utility player for four years,” JDHS coach Dave Massey said. “She actually has played all the positions through the years and she plays them well. Since she is a senior we wanted to do something to honor her and it wasn’t denigrating the sport because she actually plays any position we need her too.”
In the first inning Doogan started at first base, and moved to second after one out and to shortstop after two outs.
“It was a little nerve-wracking,” Doogan said. “I had not played some of those positions in a long time. It was definitely fun and interesting because I was moving from a position after every out.”
In the second inning Doogan started at third base and fielded a ground ball for a throw to first, then moved to right field and then to left.
In the third inning Doogan pitched, getting the lead off batter to ground out to the short stop, and then moved to center field.
“I think outfield is my favorite position,” Doogan said. “No specific outfield position, but definitely the outfield. It is the last line of defense but not really a lot of pressure either.”
In the fourth inning Doogan caught for the final three outs of the game as JD won 13-0. Doogan was also walked twice and hit an RBI sacrifice to third.
The only other JDHS player to play “dressed-to-the-nines” was in 2006 when Torie Powers, a standout shortstop, accomplished the feat.
“There are other kids who have played that are probably capable of doing that,” Massey said. “But they have not had that role on our team. We wanted to honor Rachel and we asked the kids to do that. We raise flexible players who are capable of playing more than one position, so when we switched during the game we asked them to play ‘Doogie Style’ and when Rachel moved they just took her place.”
While umpires scratched their heads as to the carousel movements the Crimson Bears were all behind the rotations.
JDHS went errorless in the game.
“I think the team had mixed feelings at the beginning but they really wanted me to do this,” Doogan said. “It ended up being fun. I was initially worried it would disrupt our game but we ended up doing fine even though most of our players had not fielded the positions they were moved to, ever, in their lives. That says a lot about my teammates. I didn’t have much time to give them any tips either.”
The Crimson Bears defeated Colony twice on Wednesday, Palmer twice on Thursday, and lost to Lathrop 8-7 on Friday.
Kayla Balovich threw a complete game 12-0 win over Colony with 8 strikeouts. Doogan had four hits, Gracie Meiners and Malin Murray three each. In game two against the Knights, Murray had three hits and Randi Held and Savanna Schauwecker two each and Schauwecker struck out seven batters for the seven-inning 4-2 win.
Schauwecker struck out four and Quincy Bates three in the Crimson Bears 18-4 win over Palmer; Murray had four hits, Balovich and Meiners three, and Andrea Gordon two. In the 13-0 win over the Moose, Balovich struck out four batters and Bates two, while Held, Balovich, Meiners, Murray and Rachelle Roldan collected two hits each.
Doogan went 8-13 in those games. She is hitting .577 for the season. Doogan has had 19 total chances in the field with 17 put outs and just two errors. Senior classmate Murray has had 15 chances and put out 14 with one error. Murray is batting .600 with five home runs and 28 RBI.
The senior year for Doogan and Murray, a standout third base player, has gone by quickly. Games, due to weather, have been jam packed into three or four weekends, and now the state tournament is just two weekends away.
Doogan, who is headed to study at St. Martin’s next fall, and Murray, off to the diamonds at Seattle University, will be honored on Tuesday during the Crimson Bears softball Senior Appreciation game against Thunder Mountain at Melvin Park 2 at 7:30 p.m.
This will also be the Crimson Bears’ Pink Out games for Cancer Awareness. JDHS will play TMHS at 7:30 p.m. after the senior appreciation, with junior varsity action at 5:30 p.m., both the varsity and JV will wear pink.
A special Cancer Connection Cancer Swings event will take place at 7 p.m. Crimson Bears and Falcons players will each take one swing off a tee to send a softball rotating, hopefully, in the air for a distance. Fans can sponsor a player to see how far she can hit and pay a certain amount of money for every foot the ball travels in the air. The funds raised go to Cancer Connection. For more information contact Dave Massey at 321-1909 or John Boucher at 321-0147.
JDHS played North Pole on Sunday in a double header. The contests were to make up for games “frozen out” on Saturday due to weather.
Frozen out was not what the Crimson Bears did on Sunday, taking a 16-3 win in four innings from the Patriots in game one. Balovich and Miners had four hits, Held, Doogan, Gordon, Murray, Schauwecker, Good and Chapman collected three. JDHS won 10-1 in game two. Schauwecker struck out four batters for the win and had two hits with 3RBI while scoring two runs. JDHS improves to 12-4 on the season.