For the first time ever today, Juneau-Douglas will meet Thunder Mountain on the pitch for a varsity girls' soccer matchup at 5 p.m. at TMHS.
The match will kick off a couple of big days for local soccer.
On Friday, Eagle River travels to Juneau to meet the Crimson Bears in a boys'-girls' doubleheader at Addair-Kennedy Field, with the girls leading off in the opener at 5 p.m.
Saturday will see three varsity soccer matches.
The JDHS boys will face Eagle River at 11:45 a.m. at Adair-Kennedy, followed by a girls' match at 1:30 p.m.
In the nightcap, the Thunder Mountain boys' varsity will host Eagle River in the Falcons' home opener at 6 p.m.
Then on Monday, the TMHS and JDHS boys' varsity will meet for the first time at 5 p.m. at TMHS.
Bears softball sweeps Kings
Juneau-Douglas opened its 2010 softball season over the weekend with two 5-3 nonconference victories at Ketchikan after belting out 20 hits and committing just three errors in the series.
Both games weren't decided until the seventh innings. On Friday, the Kings jumped to a 2-1 lead after three inning of play. Ketchikan scored one run in the fifth and one in the sixth to take a one-run lead into the bottom of the sixth.
The Crimson Bears led off the seventh with two quick outs, and then got a single by Jennifer Nelson to start a two-out rally. Taylor Larson smashed a single to advance Nelson to second. Kaci Hansen then drove a full-count double to the fence, scoring both runners for a 5-3 lead. Nelson finished off the game by striking out the side in the seventh to pick up the save.
Krista Barril went five innings, giving up three runs on one hit while striking out six and walking two. Nelson gave up two hits and no runs in two innings of work, striking out four and walking one.
Nelson also was 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored. Larson went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI, Hansen was 1-for-3 with a double and two RBIs. Barril was 2-for-4 with a triple and a run, Megan Wright had a a hit and an RBI, Gabbie Saldivar had a hit and a run, and Kalea Chapman had two hits.
Saturday's game was a near carbon copy. The Kings took a 1-0 lead in the first, but the Bears rallied with two in the third.
The Kings fired back with two runs in the fourth to take a 3-2 lead, setting up another final-at-bat comeback by the Bears.
Megan Mauseth lead off with a walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Saldivar. Down to its last out, JDHS's Nelson came to the plate and smashed single to drive in the tying run. Larson then drove a ball deep to right field for a double, scoring Nelson for a one-run lead.
Kaci Nelson then stepped to the plate and drove Larson home with single to the fence in right, setting the final score.
Ketchikan got a base runner via a hit batter to start the bottom half of the inning. The next Ketchikan batter smashed a line drive between third and short that Saldivar picked off in the air before firing to first to double up the Kings. Shortstop Kalea Chapman then made a diving catch in short right field to end the game.
Barril started the game, giving up three hits in three innings and striking out one. Nelson picked up the win in four innings of work, recording one strike out and giving up one hit.
The Bears finished with eight hits, led by Nelson's 3-for-4, 1 RBI day. Hansen had two hits and two RBIs, while Chapman had a hit and a run. Saldivar and Mauseth each scored a run.
The Crimson Bears (2-0) return to action in April 29's home opener against Sitka. A roundrobbin tournament with JDHS, West Valley, Sitka and Thunder Mountain ensues that weekend.
JDHS JV sweeps three from Petersburg varsity
The JDHS JV baseball team returned from a successful three game roadtrip with a sweep over the Petersburg Viking varsity.
JDHS came out on top in a first-game slugfest, 15-13, with 16 hits by the Crimson Bears.
Ryan Doogan went 2-for-4 with 6 RBIs, Ryan Kelly was 3-for-4, Jackson Lehnhart 3-for-5 and Josh Magnuson 2-for-4.
Josh Magnuson pitched three innings, giving up one earned run and two hits. Tanner Petrie got the save after giving up one earned run on two hits.
In the first game of a double-header on Saturday, the Bears came from behind to win 9-5.
Kelly was 2-for-2 with three RBIs, and Christian Gould was 2-for-3. McLean Cannon picked up the win in four innings of work after giving up one earned run.
The nightcap was a seesaw affair. Following a 10-run third inning by Petersburg, JDHS JV trailed 12-5.
The Bears tacked on two runs in the fourth, two in the fifth and, down by one in the top of the seventh, rallied for seven runs and the win.
Kelly was 3-for-5 with three RBIs, and Brenden Winters was 2-for-3 with three RBIs.
The winning pitcher was again Cannon, who came on in relief.
Kelly ended the series hitting .725, driving in three RBIs in the three-game set.