JDHS softball sweeps Sitka

Bears commit just one error in three victories

Posted: Sunday, April 15, 2007

Despite not having one outdoor practice and fielding just four full-time varsity players, the Juneau-Douglas High School softball team impressively swept a three-game series from host Sitka High School on Friday and Saturday.

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JDHS committed just one error in three games and received stellar performances from a number of previously untested players.

"As coaches, it was like, 'Wow,'" JDHS assistant coach Dennis Powers said. "It was amazing. We only had four real returners out there on the field, and they were good leaders, and the others were great followers."

JDHS defeated Sitka 10-4 and 11-4 in a Friday doubleheader and won 7-0 on Saturday.

The Bears (3-0) banged out 37 hits in the three-game series despite missing five varsity starters due to injury and other school commitments.

"It was just amazing," Powers said. "We were just elated. We knew they were good players, but not making errors or anything? They did everything right."

On Saturday, JDHS received five shutout innings from senior pitcher Andrea Doerflinger in a 7-0 win. Doerflinger allowed two hits, struck out four and walked none in the victory.

Rachel Peyton, a junior varsity call-up, went 3-for-3 with three runs scored while another varsity newcomer, Hannah Massey, drove in two runs on two hits.

Nethia Lavering went 1-for-3 with two RBIs, while Sammy Roguska and Cortney Wagner recorded one base hit each.

In Friday's first game, Juneau scored four runs in the first inning and rolled to a 10-4 win in five innings.

Sophomore catcher Darby Brown went 3-for-3 with four RBIs, two runs scored, a triple and a double.

Doerflinger went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI. She also earned the pitching win, yielding four hits in five innings while fanning five batters.

Lavering doubled and scored, Peyton went 1-for-2 with two runs scored, and Massey delivered a two-run triple in the fifth in Friday's opening win.

In the second game of Friday's doubleheader, JDHS banged out 20 hits in an 11-4 victory.

"It was an amazing day for the players we had," Powers said. "We had freshmen, a couple of sophomores that haven't played varsity."

One of those freshmen, Krista Barril, enjoyed a breakout performance. She went 4-for-4 with two triples, a double and two RBIs.

Peyton and Massey each posted two hits and an RBI, Sammy Roguska went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBIs, and Madison Massey singled and scored for JDHS.

Also in the win, Doerflinger had two hits and two runs scored, Wagner went 2-for-4 with an RBI, and Brown drove in three runs off two hits.

JDHS rallied from a 3-0 deficit with six runs in the third inning, three in the fourth and two more in the fifth.

Madison Massey allowed five hits in three innings to pick up the win. Doerflinger closed out the game with three innings of one-hit ball.

The Bears didn't make one error in Friday's doubleheader.

"It was just amazing," Powers said. "We were just elated. We knew they were good players, but not making errors or anything? They did everything right."

Juneau-Douglas will have plenty of time to practice prior to its next series. Snow-covered fields forced a cancellation of next weekend's series against Wasilla.

JDHS next plays May 2 against visiting Ketchikan.

• Tim Nichols, sports editor, can be reached at sports@juneauempire.com.

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