JDHS softball wins 4 of 5 at Mat-Su

Posted: Friday, May 11, 2007

After an inauspicious start, the Juneau-Douglas High School softball team won four straight games during the Mat-Su valleys portion of its roadtrip.

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The Crimson Bears fell to Wasilla 3-2 in nine innings on Wednesday, but rebounded to sweep a doubleheader at Palmer later that day and beat host Colony twice on Thursday.

On Thursday, JDHS (12-1) received a powerful pitching performance from Andrea Doerflinger in an 11-0 win over the Knights in the first game of a doubleheader.

Doerflinger fanned five batters and allowed four hits in five innings. She also got it done with the bat, smacking four base hits.

Madison Massey went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and a double while Tara Hansen went 2-for-2 with two runs scored and a triple in the win.

In Thursday's second game, Nicole Fenumiai hit two home runs as JDHS won 9-2.

"She started swinging the bat really well," JDHS coach Dave Massey said. "We're trying to encourage her to take hard swings even if she swings and misses. She didn't swing and miss, she hit those real well."

• Editor's note: The softball game occurred too late to make Thursday's deadline for the print edition. Look in Sunday's edition for a full story on the Crimson Bears.

Nethia Lavering also connected for a home run in the win.

Cortney Wagner, Sammy Roguska, Fenumiai, Lavering and Doerflinger all had multiple hits for the Crimson Bears.

On Wednesday, Juneau-Douglas' roadtrip got off to a rough start as the Warriors earned the win.

Wasilla's pitcher threw a no-hitter as the Crimson Bears failed to get the ball out of the infield and struck out 19 times.

"We were swinging at bad pitches and letting good pitches go by," Dave Massey said. "It was not a pretty sight. We just weren't ready to play ball."

Juneau-Douglas went up 1-0 in the second inning. Wasilla tied it up in the fourth and went ahead in the sixth before the Crimson Bears made the score 2-2 in the seventh.

Doerflinger and Hansen scored both of Juneau's runs.

After having their eight-game winning streak snapped, the Bears moved on to Palmer for a doubleheader.

In the first game, Madison Massey and Carrie Laliberte combined on a one-hit shutout as JDHS won 14-0 in five innings.

Doerflinger went 2-for-2 with a home run and Hansen added two base hits in the win.

Laliberte and Madison Massey joined forced again in Wednesday's nightcap as JDHS won 10-1. The duo yielded just three hits in the win.

Madison Massey paced Juneau's office with 3-for-3 effort, including two home runs. Fenumiai went 2-for-3 with a triple in the win.

"They did respond well," Dave Massey said of his team. "The defense, for the most part, is excellent."

Up next for the Crimson Bears is a trip to Fairbanks for games against North Pole and Lathrop today and Saturday.

• Tim Nichols, sports editor, can be reached at sports@juneauempire.com.

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