A short-handed Juneau-Douglas High School softball team finally felt the sting of defeat Friday night, as a squad consisting of mostly junior varsity replacements dropped a tight nonconference contest at Ketchikan 8-7.
JDHS left many varsity players in Juneau to complete schoolwork that would guarantee their eligibility for state. The young replacements bounced back in Saturday's doubleheader, though, picking up 12-3 and 8-1 victories.
The Crimson Bears (17-1 overall, 10-0 Railbelt Conference) had already clinched the RC's top seed when Anchorage hosts the State Softball Championship June 5-6 at Cartee Fields. The Ketchikan games provided a final on-field run-through before the long layoff, though, and the team did bring both of their primary pitchers - juniors Brittany Fenumiai and Jennifer Nelson.
The Lady Kings (8-7 overall, 0-2 Southeast Conference) jumped on JDHS early Friday, scoring two runs in the first inning on a hit, a sacrifice and two Bears errors. The miscues set the tone for a back-and-forth game.
Fenumiai knocked out a two-run homer in the fourth inning - her first of the season, making her a team-record sixth Bear to homer this season - to tie the game for Juneau-Douglas.
The Bears finally pulled ahead by a run in the sixth, but KayHi knotted it up in the seventh to force an international tiebreaker scenario - where each half inning begins with a baserunner at second base. Both teams took advantage for two runs in the eighth, and JDHS put up two more in the top ninth. KayHi got the walk-off winner, though, with three in the bottom of the inning.
Fenumiai pitched four innings in her start, allowing just two hits, no walks and striking out six. Nelson's relief effort was stretched to five innings, where she allowed five hits, four walks and seven strikeouts to pick up the loss.
Kira Uddipa, Nelson and Devyn Kubley all knocked in a run apiece, behind Fenumiai. Nelson was the only Bear with multiple hits, finishing 2-for-5 with a run scored.
JDHS - Uddipa 1-4, Jackie Mallinger 1-3, Fenumiai 1-4, Darby Brown 1-4, Nelson 2-5, Rachel Peyton 0-4, Kubley 1-2, Megan Wright 0-4, Kylisa Graham 0-2.
JDHS 12, KayHi 3
Nelson pitched a complete six-inning game, allowing just five hits, no walks and striking out four.
The Bears offense knocked out 12 hits in the game and drew nine walks. The JDHS bats got hot early, scoring four runs in the first inning. They added three more in the third, four in the fourth and another in the sixth.
Nelson continued her hot weekend, going 3-for-3, including a double, with four RBIs and two runs scored. Brown went 3-for-4 in support, including her own double, with three RBIs and three runs scored.
Gabbie Saldivar was 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored after joining the team late in Ketchikan. Fenumiai was 2-for-2 with three runs scored.
JDHS - Mallinger 1-4, Saldivar 2-4, Fenumiai 2-2, Brown 3-4, Peyton 0-3, Nelson 3-3, Graham 1-3, Wright 0-1, Uddipa 0-3.
JDHS 8, KayHi 1
Fenumiai took her turn in pitching a complete game, going six innings while striking out eight and allowing three hits and two walks.
The Bears offense punched out 10 hits and drew two walks. The JDHS bats started hot again, scoring five runs in the first inning and adding one apiece in the third, fourth and sixth.
Ketchikan scored their lone run in the sixth.
Fenumiai was 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run to lead the offense. Nelson was 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles, three RBIs and a run. Brown also went 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI.
JDHS - Mallinger 1-3, Devin Kubley 0-0, Saldivar 0-4, Fenumiai 3-4, Brown 2-3, Peyton 1-4, Nelson 2-3, Graham 0-2, Ashley Kikendall 0-1, Wright 1-3, Uddipa 0-3.