Ashley Larson threw the first seven-inning perfect game in Juneau-Douglas High School softball team history on Monday as the Crimson Bears swept two games from the Ketchikan Kings at Ketchikan's Norman Walker Field.
Larson struck out 11 batters, while allowing no hits or walks, as the Crimson Bears won the nightcap 9-0. In the early game Monday, Juneau won 11-4.
"In the last game, Ashley just dominated," said Juneau head coach Dave Massey, who has been with the JDHS softball team since its formation and said he couldn't remember a seven-inning perfect game. There have been a couple of shortened perfect games because of mercy rules - including a three-inning win by Larson against Sitka earlier this season.
"She was doing good at hitting her spots, and her drop ball was working good," Massey said. "They'd either hit it on the ground for our fielders, or they'd swing and miss."
Larson's perfect game overshadowed a strong offensive night from third baseman Ilea Belcourt, who had four RBIs in the first game and five RBIs in the second. Belcourt only had one hit in each game, including a bases-loaded triple in the nightcap. But she was able to bring runners home with sacrifices in her other at bats.
Also shining at the plate was Nicole Bavard, who went 4-for-5 with three doubles, three RBIs and three runs in the first game for Juneau (13-4 overall, 11-1 Region V).
In the first game, Hannah Barril pitched a complete game for the victory, striking out six batters while scattering seven hits.
"Hannah didn't have all her stuff, but she made the best with what she had," Massey said.
Larson went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI, while Rachel Barril was 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored in the first game. Torie Powers also drove in two runs.
Ketchikan (7-9 overall, 7-9 region) was led by Karin Voetberg, who tripled and scored in the seventh inning.
In the second game, Hannah Barril went 2-for-3 with a double, a triple and an RBI. Jordan Johnston was 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored, while Rachel Barril and Bavard scored twice each.
"Both games we hit well, we hit the ball really hard," Massey said. "The infield was real hard and we took maximum advantage of that. We had good defense again. I was real happy."
In the first game, Juneau connected for 18 hits. The Crimson Bears had 11 hits in the second game.
In junior varsity action, the Crimson Bears improved to 18-1 with a pair of victories on Monday. Juneau's JV team beat Wrangell 16-3 in the early game, then beat Ketchikan's JV 12-1 in the late one.
CRIMSON BEARS 11, KINGS 4
Mondays first game from Norman Walker Field
JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 104 301 2 11 18 1
KETCHIKAN 101 000 2 4 7 4
Juneau-Douglas H. Barril and Bavard. Ketchikan May and Gallaway. WP H. Barril. LP May. Sv None. 2B Juneau 5 (Bavard 3, Larson 1, R. Barril 1), Ketchikan 0. 3B Juneau 0, Ketchikan 1 (Voetberg 1). HR None.
CRIMSON BEARS 9, KINGS 0
Mondays second game from Norman Walker Field
JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 113 040 0 9 11 0
KETCHIKAN 000 000 0 0 0 3
Juneau-Douglas Larson and Bavard. Ketchikan Filyaw and Gallaway. WP Larson. LP Filyaw. Sv None. 2B Juneau 2 (Johnston 1, H. Barril 1), Ketchikan 0. 3B Juneau 2 (Belcourt 1, H. Barril 1), Ketchikan 0. HR None.