Three freshman pitchers hurled the Juneau-Douglas High School softball team to three victories in Ketchikan this weekend.
Friday night, Stephanie Heard led the Crimson Bears (16-4) to a 6-1 win over the Kings. Heard struck out three and allowed just three hits.
In a non-conference game Saturday afternoon, Tara Potts fanned four Kayhi batters in a 9-3 win. Later that evening, Tally Israelson allowed just two hits with one strikeout to claim a 6-1 victory.
The fearsome freshman all played junior varsity ball most of the season, but were brought up with normal starters Aubrey Alt and Rae Walker out for the weekend.
``All three of them played their best game of the season,'' said Crimson Bears coach Steve Walker. ``They really rose to the occasion.''
Juneau ended its regular season 16-4, while the Kings fell to 7-8.
Natalie Capacci and Darbee Anderson each cracked two hits and drove in a runner Friday. One of Capacci's hits was a double. MaryAnn Moffet, Angie Kemp, Suzanne Parr, Hilary Turner and Krista Staveland each had hits in the game.
Juneau stole bases at will in Saturday's non-conference game. Parr swiped six by herself, and scored two runs, while Moffet stole four and Capacci three. Kemp also stole one base.
Junior varsity transplant Erin Lyver had two hits in the game, including a double, and scored a run. Jenny Ahlgren, another JV player brought up for the games, hit one and scored one run. Moffet also had a hit in the game.
Moffet went 3-for-4 in the final game Saturday as Juneau pounded out 11 hits. Staveland hit 2-for-3, while Kari Parr, Suzanne Parr, Capacci, Kemp, Turner and Anderson each had a hit.
Juneau travels to Anchorage next weekend to defend its state championship. The Crimson Bears won three out of six games in its trip to Anchorage two weeks ago.
Squires said the team played near error-free ball against Ketchikan and looked ready to defend the state championship Juneau won for the first time last year.
``The kids were real relaxed and confident this weekend,'' Squires said. ``And we hope to carry that through to Anchorage.''
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