Bears flatten Warriors

JDHS wins big while honoring seniors, raising money for the Cancer Connection on Friday

Posted: Sunday, May 09, 2010

Juneau-Douglas may have been wearing pink but make no mistake, it was a whitewashing.

Michael Penn / Juneau Empire
Michael Penn / Juneau Empire

The undefeated Crimson Bears hosted a pink out to raise awareness for breast cancer on Friday at Melvin park, and piled it on Railbelt Conference rival Wasilla to the tune of 43-1 in a senior night doubleheader, winning the opener 24-0 before taking the nightcap 19-1.

After the games, the focus was more on what the Bears were able to do off the field than on it by raising money to help fight breast cancer. In all, the team was able to raise more than $1,000, and there are still a few medium T-shirts left for anyone who would like to help out, manager Dave Massey said.

"Our team has been really big on doing this type of stuff - donating," senior pitcher Krista Barril said. "I really liked how we made the conference games into the pink out games. I think other teams should (raise money), too."

Money raised will be donated to the Cancer Connection.

Barril got the start and the win in Game 1, giving up no runs on one hit with two walks, striking out six in four innings of work.

Backing up Barril was the Bears' Big O, which scored four runs in the first inning, three in the second and one in the third before exploding for 16 more in the fourth to end the game mercy-rule style.

JDHS had nine hits in the game and drew 19 walks. Senior second baseman Brittany Fenumiai drew two walks, had two hits and three RBIs, and scored four times.

Peyton Millay came off the bench to stroke a two-RBI double and an RBI triple, and score two runs.

Barril helped her own cause at the plate, hitting three triples on the day to record four RBIs while also drawing a walk and scoring twice.

Bears need just two innings in Game 2 nightcap

Fenumiai got the start and gave up two straight walks to start the game, giving up a run on an RBI single before settling down to strike out the side.

JDHS then picked up right where it left off the final inning of Game 1 - scoring runs at will.

The Bears batted around twice in the first inning, with junior shortstop Kalea Chapman reaching base three times after drawing two walks and making it to second on a dropped fly ball, scoring two runs in the inning.

In fact, only three of nine Bears didn't score twice in the first inning, and eight players scored at least once.

Junior slugger Taylor Larson supplied the fireworks, muscling out a two-run, opposite-field homer to left to score herself and Fenumiai.

Kaci Hansen and Barril each scored three runs for JDHS, drawing four walks between them.

Fenumiai recorded six of the Warriors' nine outs via strikeout, giving up a run on two hits. Wasilla had just three hits in two games.

Afterward, Barril said she and her fellow seniors, Fenumiai and second baseman Emilie Valentine, were able to hold their emotions in check after being honored before their final home game.

"Before it was really emotional because the junior and senior classes are really close," she said. "We've been holding it back for the past month and we've been talking about how we were going to be really sad, but today we held it back. We're going to really miss everybody.

"The games today were a nice way to end it with a couple of wins."

JDHS (7-0, 4-0) might be out of home games, but there is still plenty of softball to play as the Bears march toward a possible run at a state championship. JDHS returns to action May 14 at Soldotna, and May 15 at Homer.

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