With strong hitting and powerful pitching, the Juneau-Douglas High School softball team maintained its perfect record Sunday against Ketchikan.
The Crimson Bears (13-0) topped the Kings 3-0 at Melvin Park.
"We played really well today against a Ketchikan team that is much improved since the beginning of the season," JDHS coach Dave Massey said. "Today, we really hung in there."
JDHS took the lead immediately with two runs in the first. Hannah Barril and Andrea Doerflinger each doubled and scored to give the Crimson Bears a 2-0 lead.
Doerflinger and Alycia Cox picked up the RBIs.
Defensively, Crimson Bears starting pitcher Katie Laliberte helped shut down the Kings' bats. Laliberte limited the visitors to three hits in four innings with a strikeout.
"She did a good job of staying ahead of the batters today and keeping them off-balance," Massey said.
In the fourth inning, Sammy Roguska stepped to the plate and calmly delivered a shot that cleared the wall for an impressive solo home run.
Roguska added a single and went 2-for-3 on the day.
"She's small, but she is wiry," Massey said of Roguska. "She was simply born to hit."
The three-run lead proved more than enough as JDHS reliever Madison Massey pitched the rest of the contest.
Massey yielded one hit in the final three innings.
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"She did a real good job in relief today," coach Massey said.
The victory improved the Crimson Bears' record to 13-0 on the season. The team hasn't lost a game since June 4, 2004.
Still, Massey said, there's room for improvement.
"We still have some potholes to fix in our defensively play," Dave Massey said. "Our batting needs to be more consistent, and maybe learn how to hit certain kinds of pitches a little better."
The Crimson Bears will leave for the Mat-Su valleys later this week to play their final Railbelt Conference games of the season. They will play a doubleheader at Wasilla on Friday and a twin bill at Palmer on Saturday.
The home season then winds up May 22 with a series against Sitka, the defending small-school state champions.
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