Crimson Bears softball team wins two more on trip

Juneau beats West Valley 15-0, mauls North Pole 13-2

Posted: Friday, May 02, 2003

The Juneau-Douglas High School softball team made short work of its two opponents Thursday night in Fairbanks, ending both games after five innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.

The defending state champion Crimson Bears knocked off the West Valley Wolfpack 15-0 at West Valley High School, then beat the North Pole Patriots 13-2 at the Interior Girls Softball Association fields in downtown Fairbanks.

The victories were Juneau's fourth and fifth in a row after opening the season with two losses in Sitka. On Wednesday, Juneau beat Delta Junction 10-1 and Lathrop 6-3. The Crimson Bears conclude their road trip today with a 3 p.m. game against the Eielson Ravens at Eielson High School, followed by a 7 p.m. game against the Monroe Catholic School Rams at the IGSA fields.

"We played considerably better than yesterday," Juneau coach Dave Massey said. "We were more patient at the plate, and that meant we weren't swinging at as many bad pitches."

In Thursday's opener, senior first baseman Danielle Larson went 3-for-3 with a double, three RBIs and three runs scored to lead Juneau's offense.

Sophomore catcher Nicole Bavard also had three RBIs and a double, while junior outfielder Rachel Barril had two RBIs and a double. Sophomore third baseman Ilea Belcourt hit two doubles and scored three runs, while sophomore second baseman Melissa White scored twice. White and Jordan Johnston both went 2-for-3, while Belcourt and Bavard went 2-for-4.

Sophomore Ashley Larson threw a one-hitter, striking out four batters while walking none as she faced just 17 hitters. Besides the double Larson gave up to Ashley Haley, the only other Wolfpack (2-2) runner reached on Juneau's only error.

In the nightcap, freshman shortstop-pitcher Hannah Barril went 2-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored. Junior outfielder Dana Flansaas also doubled for Juneau.

Alycia Cox had two RBIs, while Danielle Larson and Rachel Barril scored twice each. Bavard and Larson went 2-for-3 at the plate.

The freshman trio of Torie Powers, Alicia Maryott and Hannah Barril combined to hold the winless Patriots (0-5) to three hits.

"We're doing better," Massey said of his young squad, where nine of the 12 varsity players are freshmen or sophomores. "Now we have the case where we're getting six of the nine having good games, so we're starting to pick each other up. Ilea Belcourt did an outstanding job on defense."

CRIMSON BEARS 15, WOLFPACK 0

Thursday's game from West Valley High School

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 300 75 - 15 15 1

WEST VALLEY 000 00 - 0 1 4

(Game called after five innings, 10-run rule).

Juneau-Douglas - A. Larson and Bavard. West Valley - Hale and Haley. WP - A. Larson, 3-1. LP - Hale, 0-2. Sv - None. 2B - Juneau-Douglas 5 (Belcourt 2, D. Larson 1, R. Barril 1, Bavard 1), West Valley 1 (Haley 1). 3B - None. HR - None.

CRIMSON BEARS 13, PATRIOTS 2

Thursday's game from the IGSA fields, Fairbanks

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 032 53 - 13 12 1

NORTH POLE 000 20 - 2 3 4

(Game called after five innings, 10-run rule).

Juneau-Douglas - Powers, Maryott (4), H. Barril (5) and Johnston, Belcourt (4), Johnston (5). North Pole - Masquiz, Malvoux (4) and Laird. WP - Maryott, 1-0. LP - Masquiz, 0-5. Sv - None. 2B - Juneau-Douglas 2 (H. Barril 1, Flansaas 1), North Pole 0. 3B - None. HR - None.



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