Andrea Doerflinger gave up just one hit in six innings as Juneau-Douglas High School coasted to a 5-0 victory over West Valley High School in Thursday varsity softball action at Melvin Park.
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Doerflinger, a senior ace pitcher for the Crimson Bears (7-0), had 14 strikeouts and just one walk in the win.
Due to cold weather at Melvin Park, Doerflinger was limited to the types of pitches she could pull out of her arsenal, but her fastball seemed untouchable for the West Valley hitters.
"She's an extremely good pitcher - as good as we have in the state and as good as we've had in this program," JDHS coach Dave Massey said, "And we're a program known for good pitchers."
JDHS second baseman Carrie Laliberte opened up the Bears' offense with a leadoff triple in the first inning. Catcher Darby Brown drove in Laliberte with a sacrifice fly.
Fenumiai made the score 3-0 later in the inning with a two-run single, scoring Sammy Roguska and Madison Massey. Madison Massey walked and Roguska singled and stole second to set up Fenumiai's two-RBI single through the gap.
"It was our first conference game, so it was kind of nerve-wracking," said Fenumiai, who went 1-for-1 with a walk, a run scored and two RBIs. "I was pretty confident and relaxed when I went to hit. ... I know I have other people on the team and we all have faith in each other."
In the bottom of the fourth, Fenumiai reached second base after walking and advancing on a wild pitch. JDHS pinch hitter Lii Levale hit a line drive single to score Fenumiai and make the score 4-0. Levale came around to score on an error for the Crimson Bears' final run.
Doerflinger praised her team's defense after the game.
"I love my defense. They're always there for me," she said. "It makes it so much easier to focus on pitching when you've got a team behind you that will field the ball."
Doerflinger will get the nod again today as JDHS takes on Ketchikan High School at 4 p.m. at Melvin Park.
In junior varsity action, JDHS defeated Ketchikan 8-4.
The winning pitcher, Krista Barill, had seven strikeouts and yielded just four hits in five innings.
Nethia Lavering hit an inside-the-park home run and drove in two runs, Taelyn Coffee went 2-for-2 with two RBIs and Levale tripled in the win.
The JDHS JV takes on West Valley's JV at 2 p.m. today.
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