Crimson Bears achieve perfection

Doerflinger throws a perfect game in 5-0 win over Sitka

Posted: Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Now the Juneau-Douglas High School softball team has a perfect game to go along with its perfect record.

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Crimson Bears pitcher Andrea Doerflinger pitched a perfect game in a 5-0 victory over Sitka on Tuesday at Melvin Park. Doerflinger struck out 12 batters in the win as not one player from the Wolves reached first base.

"We don't really put big stress on individual efforts," Doerflinger said. "It's a team thing. Without my team behind me, there were a couple of those that I would've been in big trouble."

The JDHS hurler received terrific defensive support in her perfect game and also had an array of pitches working in her favor.

The junior overpowered batters with her fastball and expertly mixed in a dropping curveball and a screwball to keep the Wolves off balance.

"Tonight she was awesome," JDHS coach Dave Massey said. "She may have thrown two bad pitches all night."

Sitka managed to hit just one pitch out of the infield all game.

Emily Conway laced a Doerflinger offering into right-center field in the fourth inning, but Juneau's Sammy Roguska snagged the line drive to preserve the perfect game.

"That one, my heart got going a little bit," Doerflinger said. "I was like, 'Thank you, Sammy.'"

In all, Doerflinger threw 89 pitches in seven innings - 63 for strikes. In addition to her 12 strikeouts, she recorded six ground ball outs, two fly outs and one foul out.

"She was pitching low and away and our girls just had a hard time hitting it," Sitka coach Lisa Way said. "They came in, they knew where they were going, but they just didn't have the confidence to swing that bat and let it get away from their body."

Despite not managing a hit, the defending state small school champion Wolves received good pitching and played solid defense for most of the game.

Sitka starting pitcher Caitlin Way mixed in her change-up well, scattered six hits over four innings and allowed five unearned runs. Conway pitched two perfect innings of relief.

Juneau-Douglas (18-0) got its first hit and run in the third inning as Torie Powers smacked a one-out single. Hannah Barril and Madison Massey also singled as Powers scored on a throwing error.

The Crimson Bears tacked on four more runs in the fourth as Kayla Janelle blasted a two-run triple to center field. Powers added an RBI single and later scored on an error to put JDHS ahead 5-0.

Juneau-Douglas recorded all six of its hits in the third and fourth inning against Way.

"We got a hold of it in the end but I think we just started a little slow, which happens sometimes," Janelle said.

Powers led Juneau's Offense with a 2-for-3 effort with two runs scored and an RBI. Barril went 1-for-2 with a walk, Massey singled, Katie Laliberte singled and scored and Sara Manning scored after reaching first on an error.

With the win, the two-time defending state champion and current Railbelt Conference champion Crimson Bears improved to 18-0. Juneau-Douglas hasn't lost a game since June 4, 2004, in the double-elimination state tournament.

"This team is really special this year, and it's good," Doerflinger said. "Our defense has just been great."

The Crimson Bears finish the regular season at 5 p.m. today against Sitka at Melvin Park. After today's game, the team will prepare for the state tournament in Anchorage, which starts June 2.

"If they are as confident in themselves as I am and the coaching staff is," Dave Massey said, "then I think we will step up at state and represent Juneau real well."

• Tim Nichols, sports editor, can be reached at sports@juneauempire.com.



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