Fenumiai bombs away, Bears roll

JDHS senior slugger notches two round-trippers in 7-0 win

Posted: Friday, April 30, 2010

Juneau-Douglas senior slugger Brittany Fenumiai put on a show Thursday night in the Crimson Bears' home opener at soggy Melvin Park, smashing two home runs and propelling JDHS to a big 7-0 win over visiting Sitka in nonconfence softball.

Michael Penn / Juneau Empire
Michael Penn / Juneau Empire

Kalea Chapman started things off for the Bears in the bottom of the first, driving a two-strike single into shallow left field before taking second on a throwing error, setting the stage for Alaska prep softball's reigning Gatorade Player of the Year.

Fenumiai didn't waste any time, lacing the first pitch she saw over the fence and into the trees in left field for a line-shot, two-run homer.

Fenumiai also got the start in the circle but had trouble holding on to the ball at the start the second inning as the rain began to come down again, walking Eva Fish before striking out the final two to end the top half of the inning with no harm done.

Krista Barril came on to pitch in the third and had major trouble handling the wet ball, walking the first two hitters she faced. Carrie Iwamoto was then hit by the ball after it rebounded off the ground on a bunt attempt for the first out.

Katie Hagan grounded up the middle and Jenna Gluth tried to score from second but was nailed at the plate on a picture-perfect cutoff throw by Chapman at short for the second out.

Barril got Emily Inman swinging to end the threat on a strikeout, stranding runners at second and third.

Fenumiai led off the fourth and after just missing on a pitch, fouling it straight back, sent the next offering deep over fence in left-center for her second homer in as many at-bats, touching up an otherwise stellar performance by Sitka starter Nickelle Raschick, who was dealing to the other JDHS hitters.

Jennifer Nelson came on to pitch the fifth for JDHS and worked out of a two-on, one-out jam after another nice play at short by Chapman, who was able to get a force out at third for the second out. Nelson then struck Inman out, looking to end the threat with runners at first and second.

The Bears broke it open in the fifth.

Ashli Kikendall singled, followed by a two-out single by Nelson with Fenumiai up next. The Wolves elected to intentionally walk Fenumiai to load the bases, and cleanup hitter Taylor Larson made them pay.

Larson smoked a 3-2 pitch on a rope over the head of the second baseman to the fence in right-center for a bases clearing, stand-up triple.

Hansen then stepped up and delivered a stand-up RBI double for a 7-0 JDHS lead, setting the final score.

Raschick recorded eight strike outs in the loss for Sitka.

Fenumiai finished 2-for-2 with a walk, three runs scored and three RBIs, and Larson went 1-for-2 with a walk and three RBIs.

The Bears (3-0) are back in action today at 5 p.m. in Railbelt Conference play against West Valley.

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