JDHS softball successfully opens season

Posted: Sunday, April 27, 2008

The Juneau-Douglas High School softball team opened defense of its state championship in impressive fashion over the weekend in Sitka.

The Crimson Bears allowed no unearned runs in two wins over the Wolves and a win over Ketchikan.

"They played extremely well," JDHS coach Dave Massey said of his team's defense. "They were rock solid. Our substitutes also played well."

Juneau-Douglas opened its season Friday with a 8-3 victory over Sitka.

Nethia Lavering doubled and tripled while Rachel Peyton went 2-for-2 with three runs scored to pace the Bears. Cortney Wagner had two hits, Carrie Laliberte doubled and Hannah Massey scored two runs in the win.

Laliberte and Brittany Fenumiai pitched three innings each to quiet Sitka's bats.

The Wolves scored three unearned runs in the third inning.

On Saturday, JDHS routed the Wolves 10-1 in five innings as Fenumiai hit a solo home run.

Darby Brown, Nicole Fenumiai, and Wagner each went 2-for-2. Brown doubled and tripled while Nicole Fenumiai and Krista Barril each hit a triple.

Brittany Fenumiai threw four inning to pick up the win while Laliberte closed out the game in the fifth.

On Saturday, Brittany Fenumiai and Laliberte took control in a 5-1 win over defending small-school champions Ketchikan.

Laliberte allowed one hit and struck out 10 batters in five innings for the win. Brittany Fenumiai struck out the side in the sixth to close out the win.

"Not bad for the pitching staff," Dave Massey said.

Brittany Fenumiai also got it done with her bat, recording a double and a triple in the win. Peyton hit a triple and Randi Chernikoff went 1-for-1 in the victory.

JDHS will make its home debut at 5 p.m. Thursday with a doubleheader against Ketchikan at Melvin Park. JDHS will then play North Pole at 5 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday before taking on Sitka at 3 p.m. Saturday. and 1 p.m. Sunday.

• Contact sports editor Tim Nichols at 523-2228 or sports@juneauempire.com.

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