Softball: TMHS falls in SE play, JDHS earns No. 1 seed

Posted: Sunday, May 23, 2010

Sitka picked up a doubleheader sweep over Thunder Mountain on Saturday, taking the opener 12-4 before cruising 19-3 in a five-inning Game 2 to finish up the regular season for the Falcons.

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Michael Penn / Juneau Empire

Manager Jorge Cordero said though it may not yet show on the scoreboard, he has seen continued improvement from his first-year team.

The biggest problem has been simple mistakes and too many free passes to first base. The Wolves got 13 base on balls in Saturday's nightcap.

"I'm just proud of the girls," Cordero said. "They never gave up. Our pitching struggled today and we gave up too many walks. But we kept fighting.

"We just have't been able to put some hits together," he continued. "We get one or two here, and then we can't put together more so we can put up some more. Hopefully, we will do that soon."

The team will play in its first-ever Southeast Conference Tournament beginning Thursday at Sitka.

Third baseman Devyn Kubley said the team hopes to get its second win of the season this weekend and that things are still a work in progress, though progress has been evident.

"I think we've been doing better. We've definitely improved since the beginning of the season," she said. "We hope that since we are progressing that we can beat one of these teams down there (in Sitka)."

The Wolves loaded the bases on three straight walks to start the game, and Nickelle Raschick plated two runs with a double to right.

Katie Hagan then scored on a wild pitch, and Raschick scored on an RBI groundout to push the Wolves ahead 4-0.

Sitka went ahead 8-0 in the second after a couple of walks and an error loaded the bases again for Raschick, who again doubled to drive in two more for the Wolves, who led 8-0 after two.

Thunder Mountain cut into the lead in the third after Jackie Mallinger reached on an error, and Madi Wells hit a two-out single, followed by a two-run double to right by Devyn Kubley, who then scored on a single to right by Michelle Manning, making it an 8-3 game after three.

The Wolves batted around in the fourth, taking on eight runs to take a 16-3 lead.

Kings top Falcons, 9-5

Ketchikan built a big early lead with six runs in the first two innings en route to an 9-5 Southeast Conference softball win over Thunder Mountain on Friday at Melvin Park.

The Kings put up three runs in the top of the first, swinging away at the first pitch almost every time.

TMHS threatened in the bottom half but much like Thursday's game, a Falcon runner was nailed at the plate.

Jacki Mallinger drew a leadoff walk, stole second and went to third on a throwing error. Adrien Speagle grounded to the pitcher, who checked the runner and threw to first.

Mallinger then took off for home, but was called out at the plate for a 1-3-2 double play.

Ketchikan doubled its lead with three more runs in the second, and it was like like Dj vu for the Falcons in the bottom of the inning.

Kimmy Laboca reached on fielder's choice and was safe at second after the throw was dropped. Laboca took off for third as the ball dribbled into center field, and the throw third was wide, so Laboca took off for home, only to be stopped short by the catcher and out by a long shot.

Ketchikan then tacked on two more insurance runs in the top of the fourth, and the Falcons struck back in the bottom half.

Devyn Kubley led off the bottom of the fourth with a sharp single to center and went to third after a throwing error. Jordan Vaughn drew a one-out walks to load the bases, and Michelle Mann singled to center to drive in Kubley and Vaughn.

The Falcons loaded the bases again after Jonelle Staveland drew a two-out walk, but Mallinger popped out to the catcher in foul territory to end the inning with the Kings leading 8-2.

There was another play at the plate in the fifth but this time, it went in the Falcons' favor as Wells was safe, cutting the deficit to five, 8-3, after five. Musielak was credited with an RBI on the play.

The Falcons added a run in the sixth on an RBI single by Adrien Speegle.

The Kings put up one more in the seventh, and Musielak plated Wells with an RBI groundout to set the final score.

Bears sweep road swing

Juneau-Douglas secured the regular season Railbelt Conference championship and the No. 1 overall seed for the state softball tournament, held in Anchorage June 4-6.

The Bears locked up the top seed with a two-game sweep of Lathrop on Saturday, winning Game 1 5-0 behind the arm of senior pitcher Krista Barril.

Barril pitched a complete-game on-hitter, striking out seven and walking one.

Taylor Larson Larson hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning and finished with three RBIs. Jennifer Nelson was 3-for-4 with a double and Brittany Fenumiai was 2-for-4. Gabbie Saldivar also had an RBI for JDHS.

Lathrop handed the Bears their first loss of the entire season in Game 2, winning 4-2.

Benumiai pitched a complete game, giving up three hits and no walks while striking out five.

The Bears jumped to a 2-0 lead after the first inning. Megan Mauseth doubled to start the inning and advanced to third on a passed ball. Nelson knocked her in with a sacrifice fly, and Fenumia and Larson both singled.

Kaci Hansen drove in the second run with a double.

Lathrop put together a four-run fifth inning, and held the Bears scoreless over the final two innings to pick up the win.

Bears pound Patriots

JDHS rolled to a pair of shutouts, 13-0 and 10-0, on Friday over the North Pole Patriots.

Barril pitched six innings of no-hit softball in Game 1, striking out 11, walking two and hitting a batter.

The Bears scored their runs on six hits and seven walks.

Fenumiai was 1-for-2 with an inside-the-park home run and two RBIs. Megan Wright and Nelson each had two RBIs.

Nelson pitched four innings in a mercy-shortened Game 2 win for JDHS, striking out four and giving up just two hits.

The Bears spread 14 hits and drew two walks. Fenumiai led the way with a two-run jack over the fence, and then followed with a two-RBI, inside-the-park home run.

Mauseth was 3-for-3 with a two triples and three RBIs. Hailey Pusich had two RBIs on two hits, and Larson, Kalea Chapman and Nelson each had two hits.

JDHS crushes Colony

The road swing started with a two-game set in Wasilla on Thursday against the Colony Knights, with the Bears winning 14-3, and 6-1, respectively.

Fenumiai went the distance in Game 1, giving up three hits and striking out five in a five-inning game.

The Bears strung together 13 hits, led by Larons' 3-for-4 night, which included a solo homer and two doubles, giving her two RBIs.

Saldivar had a bases-clearing triple and had two hits. Chapman was 2-for-3 with a double, and Nelson and Fenumiai each had two hits and combined for five RBIs.

Nelson pitched six innings in the nightcap, allowing one run on five hits with three punch outs and no walks.

The Bears scored six runs on seven hits and five walks, again led by Larson's 3-for-3 performance at the plate. Fenumiai was 2-for-3 with two RBIs, and Chapman and Pusich each had a hit.

The Bears finished the regular season a near-perfect 16-1, and are back in action in two weeks in Anchorage.

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