Four of the 2013 Juneau-Douglas High School Crimson Bears’ softball team helped an Alaska all-star squad win a recent tournament.
The Arctic Storm 18U Fast Pitch softball team took 1st place in the Division II (of three divisions) Silver Bracket in the Valley Invitational College Exposure Fast Pitch tournament in Portland, OR last week, defeating the Washington Explosion 11-3.
JDHS’ Kayla Balovich (JDHS 2013-14), Randi Held (JDHS 2013-14), Rachelle Roldan (JDHS 2014-15) and Malin Murray (JDHS 2013) are mainstays on the squad. The four tried out for the team last fall and are spending this summer traveling with the Storm.
The Arctic Storm had to win six games in a row to take the title. Balovich led a cast of pitchers that included Bartlett High School’s Heather Breslin. Miles City, Montana pitcher Lauren Wolfe and Dimond High School incoming freshman Katie Hanson.
Balovich also put three home runs past the fences while Murray and West High School’s Jamie Bingham added one each.
The Arctic Storm club is comprised of four different teams. They have two 14U teams, a 16U team (World Series champions last season), of which current Gastineau Channel Little League junior softball all-star Quincy Bates (JDHS 2015-16) now plays on, and the 18U team. The Arctic Storm teams will be traveling to the Colorado Classic tournament and Sparkler tournaments in Denver, Colorado on June 27-July 7th, and will then compete in the Alaska State Championships in Anchorage July 13-14.
The Arctic Storm 18U players include Balovich, Held, Roldan, Murray, Bingham, Wolfe, Hanson, Mikayla Teel (West Anchorage high school), Heather Breslin (Bartlett), Savannah Dodenhoff (Chugiak), Teagan Mergen (Eagle River), Shelby Ries (Colony), Teighlor Rardon (East), and Jasmine Tobin (incoming freshman moving to Arizona). Coaches are Cameron Van Ryn, Michael Mergen and Daniel Ries.