Bears find snowballs, not softballs in Anchorage

Posted: Thursday, May 03, 2001

The Juneau-Douglas High School softball team wasn't able to play two games scheduled for Wednesday night in Anchorage because of snow and rain.

The Crimson Bears (9-0 overall) were supposed to play West Anchorage (1-8) and Bartlett (9-2) Wednesday night at Cartee Fields, but the games were canceled because of poor field conditions, Juneau coach Kari Monagle said. The games will not be made up, she said.

"They (the Crimson Bears) wanted to play," Monagle said. "We didn't feel it was that bad out. It was definitely cold. But the fields don't drain well here because they've got more clay. Our fields are sandy enough they drain well. If we'd have played it would have ruined the fields for the next day."

Juneau is scheduled to play Dimond (2-5) and East Anchorage (4-3) tonight, but those games are also in doubt. Monagle said this morning there was an inch of snow on the ground outside the team's hotel and it was still snowing.

The Crimson Bears are also supposed to play defending state champion Service (5-1) and Chugiak (6-1) on Friday at Cartee Fields, then Juneau heads to Sherrod Fields in Palmer to play Colony and Wasilla on Saturday morning. This weekend's eight-game road trip was Juneau's only scheduled trip north to play teams in Anchorage and the Mat-Su Valley until the state tournament on May 18-19 at Cartee Fields.

"We play in unusual conditions in Juneau, conditions where most people wouldn't even consider playing softball," Monagle said. "It wasn't our call."

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