Krista Barrill plated Rachel Peyton for the game-sealing run and the Crimson Bears broke open a tied game with a two-run fifth inning Tuesday to top Sitka 3-1 and secure a perfect 3-0 record on their season-opening roadtrip.
The Juneau-Douglas High School softball team jumped out to an early lead when Megan Mauseth tripled in the first inning and was eventually driven in by a single from starting pitcher Brittany Fenumiai.
Fenumiai surrendered just a single run during her four innings of work, and the Crimson Bears entered the fifth knotted up at 1-1.
Laii Levale led off the inning with a single, though, and Peyton followed with a bunt that advanced Levale to third. Both hits were the only of the game for both batters.
Jennifer Nelson's following sacrifice fly scored Levale and advanced Peyton into scoring position at second. Peyton, a senior, then stole third before Barrill knocked a solid roller to the Sitka second baseman that brought the fielder's choice throw to first as Peyton crossed for the final insurance run.
Fenumiai allowed just one hit and struck out four from the mound. Nelson pitched the final three innings for JDHS and also struck out four while allowing two hits and no runs.
The Crimson Bears subbed in the majority of their roster in the game, and most batters reached the plate just twice in the contest.
JDHS will resume their schedule Thursday when they host their first large-school opponent of the season in Lathrop and regional rival Ketchikan. The Lady Kings are playing in the small-schools divisions this season. The weekend will feature a pair of junior varsity and a pair of varsity games both Thursday and Friday.
Juneau 5, Sitka 0
The Crimson Bears scored five runs on six hits and two walks in Monday's early season-opener to open the season with a shutout win over hosting Sitka.
Taylor Larson led the way for Juneau-Douglas from the plate, finishing 2-for-3 with a two-run homer to centerfield off her first pitch of the season in the opening inning. Larson finished the game with four RBIs and one run scored.
Darby Brown added a multi-hit game of her own, finishing 2-for-3 with an RBI and a pair of runs scored.
Fenumiai again started on the mound for JDHS, striking out eight while giving up just a pair of hits and walking one.
Nelson pitched the second half of the six-inning game, striking out six herself and allowing just a single hit and a pair of walks.
Juneau 10, Sitka 4
The Crimson Bears bats really got wound up in the night game, spraying 13 hits across their hosts' field while adding three walks.
Kalea Chapman led the onslaught with a 2-for-4 effort that included a pair of RBIs.
Fenumiai was perfect on three trips to the plate, scoring once and adding a double and a pair of RBIs. Fenumiai also started one the mound for JDHS, working four innings with three strikeouts while allowing three hits.
Nelson surrendered just a single hit in relief over the final two innings.
Gabbie Saldivar added a three-RBI double for the Bears on her only hit of the game with the bases loaded in the third to expand the JDHS lead to 5-0.
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