The Juneau-Douglas High School softball team wrapped up its six-game road trip to Anchorage Friday night with a pair of lopsided victories, beating the West Anchorage Eagles 22-3 in a game called after four innings and then blanking the Bartlett Golden Bears 8-0 at the Delaney Park Strip fields downtown.
The victories gave the Crimson Bears (10-1 overall) a 5-1 record on the road trip, with their only loss coming in Wednesday's opener against Chugiak in a game Juneau led before errors gave the game away.
"This trip was all about looking at what's up north and seeing how we match up," Juneau coach Kari Monagle said. "We've definitely got a shot at going all the way. I think the girls feel pretty good about what they can do and if we can compete. If we can finish out the season like this, we'll be feeling like we can do some things down the road at the state tournament. It was a real strong weekend for us. We outscored them 52-15 combined, and we hit .408 and made some good defensive plays."
In Friday's victory over West, Kari Parr went 3-for-3 with a double, three runs scored and three RBIs to lead Juneau, which had every starter score at least once. Suzanne Parr went 2-for-2 with a double, a run and four RBIs; Julie Heard was 3-for-3 with a double, three runs and two RBIs; Ashley Larson was 3-for-4 with a double, two runs and three RBIs; and Danielle Larson was 2-for-2 with a triple, two runs and two RBIs for the Crimson Bears.
Stephanie Heard scored four runs and had an RBI, Krista Staveland scored twice, Kynde Baun had two runs and an RBI, Rachel Barril had a run and an RBI, Jordan Johnston scored once and Rae Walker scored once. Stephanie Heard started the game for Juneau, with Tally Israelson relieving in the third inning and picking up the victory.
In the late game, Ashley Larson started and Walker relieved as they combined on a three-hitter as the game was called after five innings because of the time limit.
In addition to her victory on the mound, Ashley Larson doubled and had an RBI at the plate. Danielle Larson tripled and had an RBI, while Suzanne Parr went 2-for-2 with three runs scored and an RBI, Staveland went 2-for-3 with two runs, Baun had an RBI, and Kari Parr, Johnston and Julie Heard scored once each.
"Suzanne had a nice weekend for us," Monagle said. "We went 10-for-16 with seven runs and 10 RBIs, plus she had some good plays at the plate. I also like the way our pitching's coming together. We've faced 242 hitters this season, and our pitchers have only walked nine batters, they struck out 44, with 67 hits and 18 runs allowed. We've scored 87 times."
Juneau hosts Sitka and Ketchikan for Region V games this weekend at Melvin Park, with games starting on Thursday. In addition to the other Region V teams, North Pole will visit Juneau this weekend.
CRIMSON BEARS 23, EAGLES 3
Friday's game in Anchorage
JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 2(11)6 3 -- 22 22 0
WEST ANCHORAGE 003 0 -- 3 6 2
(game called after four innings, time limit)
Juneau-Douglas -- S. Heard, Israelson (3) and S. Parr, Johnston (3). West Anchorage -- Lash, unknown reliever (3) and Smith. WP -- Israelson, 1-0. LP -- Lash. Sv -- None. 2B -- Juneau-Douglas 4 (A. Larson 1, S. Parr 1, K. Parr 1, J. Heard 1), West Anchorage 1 (Smith 1). 3B -- Juneau-Douglas 1 (D. Larson 1), West Anchorage 0. HR -- None.
CRIMSON BEARS 8, GOLDEN BEARS 0
Friday's game in Anchorage
JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 250 10 -- 8 10 0
BARTLETT 000 00 -- 0 3 1
(game called after five innings, time limit)
Juneau-Douglas -- A. Larson, Walker (4) and S. Parr. Bartlett -- Saurs, Leibech (2) and Neesan. WP -- A. Larson, 4-0. LP -- Saurs. Sv -- None. 2B -- Juneau-Douglas 1 (A. Larson 1), Bartlett 0. 3B -- Juneau-Douglas 1 (D. Larson 1), Bartlett 0. HR -- None.