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Juneau softball completes a dominating five-game sweep at home

Posted: Sunday, May 12, 2002

The Juneau-Douglas High School softball team made the most of its only home series of the season, winning three games on Friday and Saturday to finish the five-game homestand undefeated.

The Crimson Bears defeated the Ketchikan Kings on Friday evening, 14-3, and followed up with a pair of wins on Saturday, 12-0 over the Sitka Wolves and 15-5 over the North Pole Lady Patriots. The victories improved Juneau's record to 15-1 overall, 8-0 in Region V.

"They did what I asked them to," Juneau coach Kari Monagle said of her team. "They took care of stuff here."

Prior to the game against North Pole, Juneau's six seniors were recognized for playing their final home game. All six -- Kynde Baun, Caroline Levale, Kari Parr, Suzanne Parr, Krista Staveland and Rae Walker -- started the game and contributed to Juneau's offensive output.

After North Pole scored two runs in the top of the first, Juneau answered with four in the bottom half of the inning. Kari Parr, Staveland, Walker and junior Danielle Larson all scored for the Crimson Bears, with Walker, Baun and Levale collecting RBIs.

Juneau added four more runs in the second, three in the fourth and four in the fifth to end the game on the 10-run mercy rule. Junior Tally Israelson hit a two-run single in the fourth and Suzanne Parr added an RBI triple in the fifth for the Crimson Bears.

North Pole added one run each in the third, fourth and fifth innings. Carrie Haddad had a triple and Mindy Krzykowski a double for the Lady Patriots.

Kari Parr and Baun turned a double play in the third when Parr snagged a line drive off Haddad's bat, then threw to Baun at third to pick off North Pole's Hayley Musgrove.

Walker pitched three innings for the win, with four strikeouts. Freshman Erika Lindsey closed out the game, collecting three strikeouts.

Walker said she was a little sad to see her last home game end, but said Juneau's cumulative success over the series was a great way to go out.

"I'm really impressed with the way we (pulled together), the way everybody did as a team," she said.

Five of Juneau's seniors -- Baun, Kari Parr, Suzanne Parr, Staveland and Walker -- were on the team that won state in 1999. Monagle said it will be hard to replace their skills and leadership.

"They're a pretty amazing group," she said. "There are going to be some tough shoes to fill next year."

Juneau travels to Sitka later this week for their final regular-season series. Walker said the team will be buckling down and honing its game there in preparation for the state tournament later this month.

In the early game on Saturday, Juneau batters drew seven straight walks from Sitka pitchers to start the game and Baun hit a three-run double to give the Crimson Bears a 7-0 lead after the first inning.

Senior Krista Staveland added an RBI double down the left foul line in the third inning and junior Stephanie Heard hit a triple in the fourth.

The Wolves managed just two first-inning hits off Crimson Bear pitchers. Freshman starter Ashley Larson collected five strikeouts in three innings for the win. Walker closed out the final two innings with three strikeouts. The game was called in the fifth on the 10-run mercy rule.

In Friday evening's game against Ketchikan, Juneau jumped out to an 8-0 lead by the end of the second inning. Suzanne Parr had a two-RBI triple and Baun an RBI double in the first, and Staveland hit an RBI double in the second.

Ketchikan broke up the shutout in the third as Zeta Moss and Samantha May drove in runs for the Kings. Moss drove in another Kayhi run in the fifth with a double.

Juneau added four more runs in the third and three in the fourth -- including two on a double by freshman Jordan Johnston that nearly cleared the outfield fence for a home run. The game was called in the fifth on the 10-run mercy rule.

Catcher Suzanne Parr threw out Moss at third in the third inning after a bunt by Kayhi's Savanah Stewart.

Walker picked up the win with six strikeouts over four innings. Stephanie Heard pitched the fifth for Juneau.

"At the beginning of the year I asked the girls never to give up -- when they're up, to not let it slide away, and when they're down, to hang in there until the last batter -- and they did that," Monagle said.

In junior varsity action, Juneau JV beat Prince of Wales varsity, 9-4, and Sitka JV #1, 14-3, on Friday, followed by an 11-1 win over Sitka JV #2 on Saturday. Dana Flensaas, Nicole Bavard, Ilea Belcourt and Jessy Gray all hit triples for Juneau over the weekend. Shannon King pitched a complete game in Saturday's victory over Sitka.

Andrew Krueger can be reached at akrueger@juneauempire.com.

CRIMSON BEARS 14, KINGS 3

Friday's game from Melvin Park

KETCHIKAN 002 01 -- 3 4 3

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 534 2X -- 14 18 1

(game called in the fifth, 10-run mercy rule)

Ketchikan -- Loughman, Filyaw (2) and Gallaway. Juneau-Douglas -- Walker, S. Heard (5) and S. Parr. WP -- Walker. LP -- Loughman. Sv -- None. 2B -- Ketchikan 1 (Moss 1), Juneau-Douglas 2 (Staveland 1, Baun 1). 3B -- Ketchikan 0, Juneau-Douglas 1 (S. Parr 1). HR -- None.

CRIMSON BEARS 12, WOLVES 0

Saturday's game from Melvin Park

SITKA 000 00 -- 0 2 1

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 703 2X -- 12 8 0

(game called in the fifth, 10-run mercy rule)

Sitka -- Palmer, Hagan (1), R. Schlins (3) and Ozawa, Oen (3). Juneau-Douglas -- A. Larson, Walker (4) and S. Parr. WP -- A. Larson. LP -- Palmer. Sv -- None. 2B -- Sitka 0, Juneau-Douglas 2 (Baun 1, Staveland 1). 3B -- Sitka 0, Juneau-Douglas 1 (S. Heard 1). HR -- None.

CRIMSON BEARS 15, LADY PATRIOTS 5

Saturday's game from Melvin Park

North Pole 201 11 -- 5 11 6

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 440 34 -- 15 12 3

(game called in bottom of the fifth, 10-run mercy rule)

North Pole -- Russell, Humphrey (3) and Musgrove. Juneau-Douglas -- Walker, Lindsey (4) and S. Parr. WP -- Walker. LP -- Russell. Sv -- None. 2B -- North Pole 1 (Krzykowski 1), Juneau-Douglas 1 (D. Larson 1). 3B -- North Pole 1 (Haddad 1), Juneau-Douglas 1 (S. Parr 1). HR -- None.



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