The Midnight Sun's fast-pitch middle school softball team won two games and tied a third on a weekend road trip to Ketchikan.
The Suns took 20 players on the trip and head coach Mike Mauseth was pleased with the girls' effort and spirit.
"We basically told our kids that everybody plays together, practices together and cheers for each other," Mauseth said. "It was a blast. For about half these girls it was their first traveling experience and we had a great time."
Juneau opened play by splitting a Friday doubleheader.
The Suns took the first game, 5-2, as Krista Barril pitched a complete game. Catcher Darby Brown was 2-for-3 with a triple and Kyra Jones was 2-for-2 with a run scored.
Ketchikan bounced back to take the second game, 18-1. Ketchikan scored 15 runs in the first inning, but the Midnight Suns rebounded to hold the home side to only three runs the rest of the way.
On Saturday, the Suns and Ketchikan battled to a 7-7 draw.
Randi Chernikoff pitched well in the tie as Barril singled and scored for Juneau.
Megan Mauseth was 1-for-1 with two runs scored, Brown doubled and Amanda Leamer played sound defense at second base.
Ketchikan took the nightcap on Saturday with a 6-1 win.
Marissa White and Megan Mauseth teamed up on the hill to limit Ketchikan to six turns.
Kalea Chapman singled and scored the lone run for the Suns. Kyra Jones also made a solid catch in center field.
The Suns and Ketchikan split Sunday's doubleheader with Juneau winning the first game, 9-8, and Ketchikan taking game two, 9-2.
In the opener, Barril and Brown each doubled while Chernikoff tripled in the win. Megan Mauseth pitched three strong innings while Barril pitched in the fourth and struck out the final batter with the potential tying run on third to seal the win.
In the night cap, Taylor Larson, Chernikoff and Barril all doubled in a loss as Ketchikan picked up the win.
Coach Mauseth added that Jackie Gehring played well on third base, Dani Feero played solid defense while Brown caught five of the six games.
"She just the kind of kid that when she goes out there she's a team player," Mike Mauseth said of his catcher, "and is all about doing what she needs to do to make everyone better."
Tim Nichols, sports editor, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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