Sitka goes undefeated in JDHS Invitational

Posted: Sunday, May 02, 2010

The Sitka Wolves softball team went undefeated in the inaugural Juneau-Douglas High School Invitational, while West Valley went 2-1, JDHS 1-2 and Thunder Mountain 0-3 Saturday at Melvin Park.

Klas Stolpe / Juneau Empire
Klas Stolpe / Juneau Empire

The games, which do not count against any team's record, had a 65-minute, drop-dead time limit, and only one game made it into the fifth inning.

The field and players remained relatively dry with the lack of rain until the start of Game 6, but SAT testing put a damper on the Crimson Bears, who were without five regular starters, Taylor Larson, Gabbie Saldivar, Kalea Chapman, Jennifer Nelson and Megan Mauseth, in the first game and almost the entire second because of SAT testing.

Game 1: Sitka 13, Thunder Mountain 3

Sitka's big nine-run second inning propelled the Wolves to a 13-3 win over Thunder Mountain in Saturday morning's opening game in the Juneau-Douglas High School Invitational softball tournament at Melvin Park.

Sitka took an early 1-0 lead at the end of the first inning, but the Falcons countered in the top of the second after Devyn Kubley smashed a single to left, followed by an RBI, standup triple to right by Anna Bullock. Bullock then scored on an RBI groundout by Kimmy Laboca for a 2-1 advantage, the first-ever lead in Falcons' history.

It didn't last long as the Wolves batted around in the bottom half of the inning, tacking on nine runs after a bevy of TMHS miscues. The Falcons committed five errors in the bottom half of the second, and three other runs scored on either a passed ball or wild pitches.

The Wolves put up three more runs in the third, and the Falcons were able to get one more run across the plate in the top of the fourth before the 65-minute time limit ended play.

Game 2: Sitka 9, West Valley 1

Sitka stormed out of the gate with a five-run first inning before cruising to a 9-1 win over West Valley in Game 2 of the JDHS Invitational.

Sitka batted around in the bottom of the first, with leadoff singles by Johannah Gluth and Rochelle Ramil. Gluth stole second and went to third on Ramil's hit, but was finally run down at the plate on a double steal attempt, which saw Ramil take third and then score on a passed ball.

Carrie Iwamoto doubled down the left-field line, sending Katie Hagan, who drew a walk, to third. Potrzuski cleared the bases with a two-run double to left, and went to third on a bloop single to right by Katina Wathen. Eva Fish singled to left to score Potrzuski, but an error on the left-fielder allowed Wathen to score and Fish to take third.

The Wolves added a run in the second after Katie Hagan tripled to the corner in left and then scored on a double to left by Nickelle Raschick.

West Valley avoided the shutout with a run in the fourth. Shiana Mclean hit a two-out single and scored on Janel Winters' RBI double to left.

The Wolves tacked on three more runs in the top of the fourth on a two-RBI double by Raschick, who then scored on an RBI single by Potrzuski.

Game 3: West Valley 6, Juneau-Douglas 4

The West Valley Wolfpack handed Juneau-Douglas its first loss of the season in Game 3 of the JDHS Invitational, 6-4 over the Bears in four innings of play.

West Valley drew first blood in the top of the first. Brooke Wilson singled but was out at second as Keegan Thompson reached on a fielder's choice. Shiana Mclean singled to send Thompson to third, and then scored on a sacrifice fly by Janel Winters. JDHS starter Krista Barril caught Stephanie Bleukens swinging for the final out.

The Wolfpack tacked on another run in the second after Kristen Brand went opposite field for a two-out triple before scoring on a passed ball to make it 2-0.

The Bears got one back in the bottom half of the second after Ashley Kikendall reached on an error, sent to second and a walk to Megan Wright, third on walk to Hailey Pusich and then scored on a bloop single to left by Krista Barril to make it a 2-1 game after two.

Katrina Lydon countered with a two-out triple to right and then scored on an RBI single by Janel Winters. With the bases loaded after Barril gave up two straight walks with two outs, Winters was called safe at the plate - though JDHS manager Dave Massey disagreed - on a short hopper back to the pitcher by Erika Martin, and the Wolfpack led 4-1 after two and a half innings of play.

West Valley tacked on two more runs in the top of the fourth, and JDHS added three in the bottom, but time expired.

Game 4: Sitka 6, Juneau-Douglas 1

Sitka rolled to a 6-1 Game 4 win over Juneau-Douglas behind six hits, including a big three-run homer by Stephania Potrzuski in the fourth inning.

The Bears struck first after Kyelisa Graham drew a walk to lead off the third inning before moving over on a sacrifice bunt by Peyton Millay. Graham took third on a wild pitch and Brittany Fenumiai went opposite field for an RBI single, and a 1-0 JDHS lead after two.

But the lead didn't last long.

Rochelle Ramil drew a walk to start the fourth, followed by a single by Katie Hagan. Stephania Potrzuski then went yard over the fence in left-center for a three-run home run and a 3-1 Sitka lead.

Sitka tacked on three more runs in the fifth after a leadoff single by Hunter Huddleston. Jenna Gluth reached on a throwing error and went to third on a double by Ramil before scoring on a throwing error, which saw Ramil take third.

Hagan drove in Ramil with an RBI single for the final run.

Game 5: Juneau-Douglas 14, Thunder Mountain 1

Juneau-Douglas' full varsity roster returned just in time for its first-ever matchup with crosstown rival Thunder Mountain, and the Crimson Bears poured it on early after scoring 10 runs in the first inning.

Kalea Chapman, Jennifer Nelson, Kaci Hansen, Krista Barril, Brittany Fenumiai and Taylor Larson each had hits in the first inning, with Fenumiai, Larson, Gabbie Saldivar, Megan Mauseth, Haley Pusich and Kalea Chapman each drawing a walk as the Bears batted around. Pusich was the only JDHS starter not to score in the first, and Chapman and Fenumiai each scored twice.

Thunder Mountain scored a run in the third after Darian Musielak doubled off Chapman's glove at short, and then scored on a sharp RBI single to center by Michelle Manning.

Saldivar scored for JDHS in the second, and Fenumiai, Larson and Hansen each crossed the plate in the third to set the final score.

Game 6: West Valley 13, Thunder Mountain 6

West Valley took an early lead and then rallied for a Game 6, 13-6 victory over Thunder Mountain in the tournament's final game. The Wolfpack scored four in the first, only to see the Falcons bat around for six runs in the bottom of the inning.

Jackie Mallinger tripled, Megan Punongbayan scored her with a single before stealing second and third. Jonelle Staveland then drew a walk and both runners scored after Devyn Kubley doubled to the fence in left-center. Anna Bullock singled, and Michelle Manning hit a two-out triple to drive in Kubley and Bullock.

West Valley quickly re-took the lead in the top of the second, equaling the Falcons' first-inning six runs with six, highlighted by a two-run homer to center by Brooke Wilson.

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