The result was different this time when the Juneau-Douglas High School softball team played the Service Cougars, but the Crimson Bears weren't sweating Thursday's 4-3 loss at Anchorage's Cartee Fields too much.
The last time Juneau played Service the Crimson Bears claimed their first state championship in softball. Even though Juneau lost Thursday, Crimson Bears coach Steve Squires said he felt Service was beatable.
``We should have won,'' Squires said. ``We lost a game, but things looked OK. They (the Cougars) looked beatable. That can help us focus when we play them again in two weeks (at the state softball tournament May 19-20 in Anchorage).''
Juneau didn't come up totally empty Thursday night. The Crimson Bears blitzed the West Anchorage Eagles 15-0, winning the game after three innings on a mercy rule. Juneau (9-3 this season) plays Bartlett and Chugiak tonight, then a split-squad of mixed varsity and JV players will take on Wasilla Saturday morning to complete the four-day, sevengame road trip.
In Thursday's early game, Service took advantage of some Juneau fielding miscues to score two unearned runs in the first inning and two more unearned runs in the sixth.
Juneau scored three runs in the third inning to take a 3-2 lead, but Service pitcher Nancy Hibbert settled down to retire the final 13 batters, including a 1-2-3 inning in the top of the seventh inning to end the game. Angie Kemp singled and one out later Kari Parr doubled to open Juneau's third inning, then Suzanne Parr hit a two-run triple and later scored on a single by MaryAnn Moffet.
``We need to work on our offense and tighten up our defense,'' Squires said. ``Our kids are not hitting as well as they have in the past. Aubrey Alt pitched a heck of a game, but our offense wasn't there.''
Against West, Juneau scored 11 runs in the second inning and added two more runs in both the first and the third frames. Natalie Capacci and Kemp both drove in four runs, while Moffet had three RBIs and Melanie Maus drove in two runs. Moffet, Darbee Anderson, Capacci, Nicole Adair and winning pitcher Stephanie Heard each scored two runs for Juneau.
COUGARS 4 CRIMSON BEARS 4
Thursday's first game from Cartee Fields in Anchorage
JUNEAU-DOUGLAS003 000 0 - 3 5 3
SERVICE200 002 x - 4 6 0
Alt and S. Parr; Hibbert and Rathbun. W - Hibbert. L - Alt. Sv - None. 2B - Juneau: K. Parr, Moffet; Service: Augdahl. 3B - Juneau: S. Parr; Service: None. HR - None.
CRIMSON BEARS 15 EAGLES 0
Thursday's second game from Cartee Fields in Anchorage
JUNEAU-DOUGLAS0(11)0 - 15 17 1
WEST ANCHORAGE0 0 0 - 0 2 5
Heard and S. Parr; Croft, Harvey (2) and Ishihara. W - Heard. L - Croft. Sv - None. 2B - Juneau: Capacci, Anderson; West: None. 3B - Juneau: Kemp, West: None. HR - None.