After playing eight games in four days in three different cities, the Juneau-Douglas High School softball team headed home Saturday evening with a state tournament berth in tow.
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The Crimson Bears (12-1, 8-1 Railbelt Conference) won six games, lost one and had one postponed midway through by rain during their trip.
The road trip concluded Saturday in North Pole as JDHS led 3-0 with two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning before the rain became too much. A game must go five complete innings to be official.
"It was a well-played game between two teams, and it was just a shame the weather wouldn't cooperate," JDHS coach Dave Massey said.
Andrea Doerflinger fanned seven batters and yielded three hits before the downpour. Darby Brown put JDHS ahead 1-0 in the third when she singled and scored on an error. Tara Hansen had a two-run double in the fifth to pad the Bears' lead.
On Friday, Juneau-Douglas swept a doubleheader from host Lathrop in Fairbanks.
In the first game, Doerflinger yielded three hits in five innings and recorded five strikeouts in an 11-0 victory. The senior also went 4-for-4 from the plate.
Madison Massey went 3-for-3 while Hansen and Brown added two base hits each in the victory.
Juneau-Douglas beat the Malemutes 9-2 in six innings in Friday's nightcap as Nicole Fenumiai hit her third home run of the road trip. Fenumiai went 2-for-3 with three RBIs to pace JDHS.
Doerflinger had two triples and an RBI, Sammy Roguska went 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI while Nethia Lavering singled, doubled and drove in a run for JDHS.
Cortney Wagner went 2-for-3 and Madison Massey had a base hit in the win.
"We hit pretty well," Dave Massey said. "I think we continued to improve our hitting and had more people hitting the ball harder, and we're starting to round out our form."
Carrie Laliberte scattered seven hits in five innings in the win.
Juneau's road trip started inauspiciously Wednesday with a 3-2 defeat at Wasilla High School in nine innings.
Warriors pitcher Anne Wesser threw a no-hitter and struck out 19 batters as JDHS failed to get the ball out of the infield.
JDHS went up 1-0 in the second inning on errors before Wasilla tied the score in the fourth and went up in the sixth. The Bears tied the score in the seventh on another error.
Doerflinger and Hansen scored Juneau's runs.
Later that day, JDHS beat Palmer High School twice in a doubleheader.
Doerflinger went 2-for-2 with a home run in a 14-0 win in the first game.
Hansen had two hits while Madison Massey and Laliberte combined on the five-inning shutout.
The duo limited the Moose to just one run in the night cap as Juneau won 10-1.
Madison Massey went 3-for-3 with two home runs while Fenumiai singled and tripled.
On Thursday, Juneau-Douglas defeated Colony High School 11-0 and 9-2 in a twinbill.
In the first game, Doerflinger scattered four hits and struck out five batters in five innings. She also had four base hits.
Madison Massey went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and Hansen went 2-for-2 with a triple and two runs scored.
In Thursday's second game, Fenumiai clubbed two home runs in the 9-2 win. Lavering also hit a homer for JDHS.
The Crimson Bears will host a doubleheader Prince of Wales at 4 p.m. today at Melvin Park.
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