The Juneau-Douglas High School softball team remained undefeated on the season after posting a perfect 4-0 record this weekend in Sitka.
The Crimson Bears (9-0 overall) used a six-run sixth inning to beat the Sitka Wolves 10-3 on Friday, then followed it up with a 3-1 victory over the Ketchikan Kings later in the evening. On Saturday, Juneau beat Ketchikan 8-2 and edged Sitka 6-4 in games played at Sitka's Blatchley Middle School.
"We clinched Southeast with these wins," Juneau coach Kari Monagle said. "We take pride in making sure we take care of things in Southeast."
Monagle said the Crimson Bears hit better than they did in last weekend's five games in Ketchikan.
"Overall, we hit better and our pitching continued to be strong," Monagle said. "Our pitchers (Rae Walker and Nicole Adair) struck out 27 batters in the four games, and only gave up eight walks, 14 hits and 10 runs. We had 27 runs and 34 hits, and we only struck out 12 times and they gave us nine walks."
In Friday's opener, Suzanne Parr went 3-for-3 with three RBIs, a triple and one run scored to lead the Crimson Bears past a Sitka team that was still on a high from beating Ketchikan a few minutes earlier for Sitka's first victory of the year. Stephanie Heard hit a three-run double and Adair added an RBI triple and scored twice. Walker threw a four-hitter, striking out eight while walking three.
Juneau only led 4-3 entering the sixth, as Sitka's Kelly Hopson hit an inside-the-park homer the inning before. But the Crimson Bears scored six times to clinch the victory. Heard hit her double and Adair hit her triple in the inning, while Suzanne Parr and Kari Parr also added RBIs in the rally.
In Friday's late game, Suzanne Parr went 2-for-4 and was the only Juneau player with more than one hit. Krista Staveland hit a two-run triple in the first inning and Danielle Larson led off the fourth inning with a triple and scored on a passed ball to account for the Juneau runs. Adair threw a three-hitter with eight strikeouts and no walks for the Crimson Bears.
On Saturday, Larson went 2-for-3 with three RBIs, a triple and a run scored to lead Juneau. Larson hit an RBI triple in the second inning, then scored on a triple by the next batter Rachel Barril, who scored on a bunt single by Walker. In the fifth, Staveland hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly to score one run and Larson followed with a two-run single. Juneau added two more runs in the sixth as Adair had an RBI single and Suzanne Parr hit an RBI triple. Walker threw a four-hitter with five strikeouts and three walks for Juneau, and the only extra-base hit she allowed was a double to Alisha Filyaw.
Finally, Juneau needed to hold off a late Sitka rally to clinch the undefeated weekend. Larson went 2-for-2 with a triple, two stolen bases, three RBIs and two runs to lead the Crimson Bears. Suzanne Parr singled in the fourth inning, stole two bases and scored on a sacrifice fly to center by Hilary Turner for Juneau's other run.
Adair threw a three-hitter, with six strikeouts and two walks for Juneau, which committed four errors behind her. Sitka scored twice in the fourth and once in the sixth, but Juneau was able to end the Wolves' rally.
Juneau is off this coming weekend, then heads to Anchorage for games May 2-5. The Crimson Bears will host Sitka and Ketchikan on May 11-12, then will head to the state tournament May 18-19 at Anchorage's Cartee Fields.
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