Neither rain nor wind nor squall can stop the surging Juneau-Douglas High School softball squad.
Lacking a full squad, but with plenty of hot bats, Juneau defeated Prince of Wales 11-3 on Tuesday in Craig to complete its road trip through southern Southeast with a 5-0 record - two wins over Prince of Wales and three over Ketchikan. Juneau (12-2 overall, 6-2 Region V) has won 12 games in a row.
Crimson Bear freshman pitcher Hannah Barril - coming off a no-hitter against Kayhi on Saturday - had some difficulty in the game as the wind-whipped rain made it hard to control pitches. But the Juneau offense came through with a well-balanced, 16-hit attack.
In the first inning, Barril walked and Jordan Johnston singled. Then a Prince of Wales fielder overthrew a ball hit by Ilea Belcourt, and Barril and Johnston scored on the error. The next Juneau batter, Alycia Cox, smacked a double to drive in Belcourt and give the Crimson Bears an early 3-0 lead.
In the bottom of the first, Prince of Wales got one run back. Shona Pierce hit a leadoff double, and advanced on a single by Jill May. Then Stacia Miller hit into a fielder's choice that resulted in Pierce being thrown out at home. An infield error by Juneau allowed May to score.
In the top of the third with one out, Torie Powers and Johnston hit singles, and Belcourt walked to load the bases. Juneau's Nicole Bavard singled to score Powers, and Cox singled to score Johnston.
Prince of Wales scored two in the bottom of the fourth. In a heavy squall, Barril walked Kayleigh Ryno and Stephanie Lowery to open the inning. Randi Jenkins singled to score Ryno, and Lowery scored on a fielder's choice.
After that inning, Barril settled down and held Prince of Wales scoreless the rest of the way. Meanwhile, in the fifth, Powers again kicked off a Juneau scoring run with a single. Johnston walked, and Belcourt singled to drive in both runners. A single by Cox scored Belcourt.
In the top of the sixth, Powers and Johnston hit back-to-back singles, and - as in the previous inning - Belcourt brought both home with another single. Belcourt then scored on a passed ball.
Cox finished 4-for-4 with three RBIs, Powers went 3-for-3 with three runs scored, Johnston went 3-for-3 with four runs scored, and Belcourt scored three runs and drove in four.
Juneau coach Dave Massey reported that in spite of the terrible weather conditions, the Crimson Bears played some good defense. Juneau turned a pair of identical double plays from pitcher Hannah Barril to shortstop Torie Powers to first baseman Alycia Maryott. Cox dashed to make a nice catch of a ball hit down the right-field line, and Bavard threw out a Prince of Wales runner on a steal attempt.
Even with the rain, Barril finished with six strikeouts and just two walks.
"Our pitching, as always, anchors the team," Massey said. "Torie and Hannah did an excellent job in each game they played."
The Crimson Bears were short five key players for the two-game Prince of Wales series after several members of the team returned home early to attend class and keep their spots on the honor roll. But Juneau was able to clinch a state tourney berth with a win on Monday, and the Bears now ride a long winning streak as they head back to Juneau for their first home games of the season this weekend.
Juneau will host Prince of Wales on Friday and Saturday, with varsity games at 6 p.m. each day at Melvin Park.
The Juneau junior varsity won their game Tuesday, 11-5.
CRIMSON BEARS 11, CRAIG-POW 3
Tuesday's game from Craig High School
JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 302 033 0 - 11 16 2
CRAIG-PRINCE OF WALES 100 200 0 - 3 9 3
Juneau-Douglas - Barril and Bavard. Prince of Wales - Miller and Douville. WP - Barril, 2-1. LP - Miller, rna. Sv - None. 2B - Juneau-Douglas 1 (Cox 1), Prince of Wales 2 (Pierce 1, Ryno 1). 3B - Juneau-Douglas 0, Prince of Wales 1 (Miller 1). HR - None.
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