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The Juneau-Douglas High School softball team ended their six-game roadtrip Monday by making quick work of their hosts from Wasilla, forcing the umpires to evoke the mercy rule before either game of their doubleheader reached the sixth inning.
The Crimson Bears (15-0 overall, 10-0 Railbelt Conference) received dominant pitching performances in both games from junior Jennifer Nelson, who allowed just five total hits on the day.
Of course, it didn't hurt Nelson's hit count when JDHS closed out the first game by securing an 11-1 victory after just the fifth inning. Nelson allowed just two hits, no walks and struck out eight batters in the opener.
Krista Barril led the offense with a 2-for-3 effort at the plate, including a pair of doubles and two runs batted in. Brittany Fenumiai was 2-for-4 with her own pair of doubles, two runs scored and two RBIs.
In all, the Bears had just five RBIs in the game. A sloppy defensive game shot Wasilla in the foot, though, with unearned runs.
JDHS ends it's regular season this weekend with a doubleheader at Ketchikan. Regardless of the results, they will represent the East's top seed at the State Softball Championship in Anchorage June 5-6, meaning they will face the fourth seed from the Cook Inlet Conference to start the eight-team tournament.
JDHS 16, Wasilla 0
Nelson allowed just three hits, no walks and struck out three in what turned out to be a three-inning night game. The junior also helped her own cause at the plate, finishing 3-for-3 with three RBIs and three runs scored.
Megan Mauseth was 2-for-3 in support, adding a pair of RBIs and a run scored. Megan Hart was 2-for-2 with three runs scored, an RBI and a walk. Senior Rachel Peyton was 1-for-2 with a pair of walks, two runs scored and three RBIs.