Though they were the junior varsity, the Juneau-Douglas High School softball team played like seasoned veterans in a doubleheader sweep of the Prince of Wales varsity Saturday.
The Crimson Bears took the first game, 8-1, then captured the second contest, 10-2, at Melvin Park.
"The girls were incredibly focused," JDHS junior varsity coach Bruce Massey said. "When they got the ball they knew what to do. They were patient at the plate. They were attentive on the base paths. They knew what to do situationally."
Juneau employed an extremely aggressive base-running philosophy in the rout. In game one, Carry Laliberte stole four bases and scored three runs to set the tone.
Massey never hesitated to take the open base or send a runner home, allowing his speedy athletes to harass the Prince of Wales fielders.
"We're really aggressive on the base paths," Massey said. "We like to put the pressure on. The whole game is mental. Any time you apply mental pressure you really wear down your opponent."
POW took an early lead in the top of the first when Keala Durgan touched home.
Juneau-Douglas responded with two runs in the bottom half of the first and didn't look back.
Ashliegh Wilwert went 2-for-3 with two runs scored, third baseman Nicole Fenumiai drove in two runs and Joy Ross had a hit for the Bears in the first game. Val Ozawa and Katie Damian also scored in the win.
In game two, Juneau-Douglas used a five-run fifth to defeat Prince of Wales.
Damian earned the pitching win, throwing five innings of no-hit ball. She struck out one batter.
Offensively, Rachelle Miller smacked a solo home run and tripled. Laliberte went 3-for-4 with a triple, Tara Hanson singled, stole a base and scored and Damian scored twice.
Kayla Janelle added three runs scored.
"She scored with some incredible baserunning," Massey said. "She's fast as the wind."
The two teams face off again today at 2 p.m.
Track and Field
The Juneau-Douglas High School track team competed in the Sitka Invitational Friday and Saturday.
Tyler Dinnan captured the 1,600 and 800 meter runs and freshman Katie Krehlick won the 800 and 3,200 runs.
Look for a complete story and results in Monday's edition.
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