For a team with a grand total of two outdoor practices under its belt, the Juneau-Douglas High School softball team acquitted itself quite well Wednesday at Melvin Park.
The Crimson Bears (6-0) upended Ketchikan 6-1 in 6½ innings and beat West Valley 16-3 in a time-shortened 4½ innings.
"I guess I want us to play better and better and eliminate mistakes," JDHS coach Dave Massey said. "We've only had two outside practices so there's a lot of mistakes were making. Baserunning has a lot of room for improvement but I'm impressed with where we are at this point."
Juneau-Douglas didn't break out anything fancy for these two games. No wild double plays or delayed steals in Wednesday's doubleheader for the Bears, just solid fundamental softball.
In the win over the Wolfpack, JDHS pounded out 11 hits and took advantage of six West Valley errors.
"You try not to get excited about them goofing up something mentally because we haven't gone over it," Massey said. "Even we're (the coaches) forgetting things. We were laughing about if we remembered what the sign was for a delayed steal. And I don't think any of us remember what it is, which is good because we didn't call it because we haven't practiced it yet."
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Carrie Laliberte scattered four hits in three innings of work against West Valley. She struck out eight batters and walked one in the win.
"Carrie Ann was hitting her spots," Massey said. "She was drifting back and forth in terms of having certain pitches on or off, but she always had two or more pitches working and that's enough to work with."
Offensively, Rachel Peyton led JDHS with a 3-for-3 effort that included three runs scored, a triple and a walk.
Annie Hegar went 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI, Hannah Massey walked twice and scored while Darby Brown went 3-for-3 with two RBIs and a triple.
Nethia Lavering scored three runs, Laliberte drove in two runs, Cortney Wagner singled and scored and Taelyn Coffee scored a run in the win.
For West Valley, Michaela Hale went 2-for-2 with two runs scored and Rachel Rodenberger singled and scored. Jennifer Brand hit an RBI double in the win.
In the win over Ketchikan, Juneau-Douglas pitchers Madison Massey and Laliberte combined on a three-hitter.
Massey picked up the win after firing three innings no-hit ball while Laliberte struck out two batters in the final two innings.
"The two pitchers, Madison and Carrie Ann, both pitched real well," Dave Massey said. "For early in the season they did real well."
Juneau's bats overcame a strong effort by Ketchikan pitcher Danielle Larson.
Larson allowed just two hits and two runs in the first five innings before the Crimson Bears put up four insurance runs in the sixth.
JDHS took an early 2-0 lead in the second inning on a quirky baserunning play. With Andrea Doerflinger on third, Sammy Roguska on second and Nicole Fenumiai on first, the baserunners tried to move on a wild pitch. Fenumiai was caught in a rundown, but kept the play going long enough to allow Doerflinger and Roguska to scamper home.
Ketchikan got one run back in the fifth when pinch hitter Kayla Howe doubled home Kalli Kline.
JDHS ended the game with a four-run sixth. Laliberte singled home Fenumiai and Tara Hansen to lead the charge. Hansen also had an RBI single and Roguska scored in the sixth inning before official called the game due to time constraints.
The Crimson Bears will take on West Valley at 7 p.m. tonight.
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