Crimson Bears handle Wolves, 9-1

Powers drives in three runs for undefeated JDHS

Posted: Thursday, May 05, 2005

The Juneau-Douglas softball team overcame three errors with timely hitting, aggressive baserunning and strong pitching in a 9-1 win over Sitka Wednesday at Melvin Park.

The Crimson Bears halted the Wolves' 12-game winning streak with the victory.

"Not a perfect performance," JDHS coach Dave Massey said. "But we played pretty well. It seems like each game different people step up and have good games."

One of those players who stepped up for coach Massey was center fielder Torie Powers.

The leadoff batter went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and three RBIs. Her two-out single in the fifth scored Hannah Barril and ended the game.

"I'll play anywhere in the field and anywhere on the lineup," Powers said. "I just do what they tell me to do."

Juneau drew first blood in the bottom of the first by virtue of aggressive base-running and smart batting.

Powers drew a leadoff walk and moved to second via Madison Massey's sacrifice bunt. Powers then alertly took third base on Ashley Larson's ground-out and later scored on a wild pitch.

Sitka struck back in the second inning as Natalia Potrzuski crushed a double and later scored from third on a failed pickoff attempt to tie the game at one.

"I think our team did great," Wolves coach Lisa Wey said. "They did a wonderful job. They did everything they had to do. They hit the ball, they ran the bases, we just couldn't get them in to score. We had a lot of girls on bases."

Juneau broke the game open with three runs in the bottom of the second. Alycia Cox led the charge with a two-run double, scoring Ilea Belcourt and Nicole Bavard. Cox came around to score two batters later on a perfect bunt by Powers.

The Bears scored three more runs in the fourth as Powers and Larson each smacked RBI singles and Barril scored off an error.

Two more JDHS runs in the fifth inning forced umpires to invoke the eight-run rule and award the game to the Bears.

"I thought we did great on the field," Powers said. "We made a couple mistakes but there's nothing you can do about them. I thought we stayed in the game pretty well. I think we need to pick up the intensity a little bit more and we'll do that tomorrow."

Larson scattered four hits in five innings to earn the pitching win. She struck out five batters and walked only one.

Andrea Doerflinger was 1-for-2 with a single while Bavard and Belcourt each singled and scored twice for the Bears (4-0).

Julia Gluth, Morley Gordon and Tawny Hoyt each had base hits for Sitka (12-1).

The two teams play against today at 7 p.m.

The Juneau-Douglas junior varsity defeated Sitka's J.V., 13-0, on Wednesday.

Carrie Laliberte and Katie Damian combined on a four-hit shutout with five strikeouts.

Offensively for the Bears, Rachelle Miller went 3-for-4 with a triple, an out-of-the-park home run, three RBIs and two runs scored.

Laliberte went 4-for-4 with three runs scored and an RBI, Tara Hansen had two hits and two runs scored, Nicole Fenumiai went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and Ashliegh Wilwert singled, doubled and drove in two runs in the win.

Also for the Bears, Joy Ross went 1-for-1.

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