Midnight Suns earn second split

Suns take one game in Ketchikan

Posted: Monday, April 25, 2005

The Midnight Suns' 14 & under softball team played stout defense in the later stages of the second game to earn a Sunday doubleheader split with Schoenbar in Ketchikan.

Schoenbar earned the first game, 10-2, but the Midnight Suns, based in Juneau, responded with an 11-10 victory in game two.

"I'm very pleased with how they played," said Suns coach Mindy Barry. "They won as a team and lost as a team. They never put their heads down and always went after the ball."

Schoenbar took the first game despite a double from the Midnight Suns' Nethia Lavering.

Hannah Massey scored the Suns' first run after she stole second and third base and touched home on Megan Hart's RBI groundout.

Jennifer Nelson accounted for the Suns' other run when she scored off an Aleecia Moss sacrifice bunt.

Massey tripled and Hart added a single in the game one loss.

The Midnight Suns buckled down to win the second game.

Down 11-10 in the fourth and final inning, Schoenbar had the tying run on third base with no outs. The Suns, however, tightened up to get the three outs and split the series.

"It was just kind of back and forth," Barry said. "We didn't score in the first two innings and they scored five. Then we had a big third and fourth inning with some aggressive base running."

Hart scored three runs in the win while Vernie Lumbab and Kirsten Barry had two runs scored in the win. Nelson went 2-for-2 with a run scored, Moss singled and drove in a run, Massey scored and Lii Lavale hit a triple for the Suns.

Also in the win, Lavering singled, had a sacrifice bunt, scored and drove in a run.

Kirsten Barry and Nelson shared pitching duties in the win.

The Midnight Suns went 2-2 on the road trip and used only one catcher, Annie Hegar.

"We had just one catcher and she did a great job," coach Barry said. "She caught all four games and did a great job going after balls in the dirt. It was very hot and she hung right in there."

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