Juneau softball wins Railbelt Conference

Posted: Sunday, May 25, 2008

Juneau-Douglas High School softball captured its second-straight Railbelt Conference title Saturday with a sweep of Lathrop in Fairbanks.

The Crimson Bears (20-2, 10-0 Railbelt) beat the Malemutes 3-0 and 13-1 in a double header on Saturday to close out the regular season. On Friday, JDHS swept host West Valley 8-2 and 8-3.

In 10 conference games this year, the defending large-school state champions outscored their opponents 102-13.

In Saturday's first game against Lathrop, senior pitcher Carrie Laliberte threw a complete-game shutout. She allowed four hits and struck out eight batters in seven innings of work.

Taylor Larson provided Juneau's lone earned run as she hit an RBI single. Larson went 2-for-3 in the win.

Nethia Lavering singled and tripled, Nicole Fenumiai went 2-for-4, Darby Brown tripled, Laliberte doubled and Lii Levale went 1-for-2 to pace Juneau's bats.

In the season finale Saturday, Krista Barril allowed no earned runs and just two hits over six inning to shut down the Malemutes.

Fenumiai led Juneau's offensive barrage with a 3-for-4 effort, hitting two triples and driving in three runs.

Larson went 3-for-4 with three RBIs, Laliberte went 2-for-3 with an RBI, Hannah Massey singled and doubled, Lavering hit an RBI triple and Brittany Fenumiai singled in a run for JDHS.

On Friday, Levale and Massey drove in two runs each in Juneau's opening win over West Valley.

Larson hit an RBI single, Laliberte tripled, Nicole Fenumiai went 2-for-2 with a double and Lavering went 1-for-2 in the win.

Laliberte struck out five batters and scattered four hits in six innings to earn the win.

In the second game, Nelson fanned four batters and gave up three hits in five innings to earn the win.

Nicole Fenumiai, Megan Hart and Rachel Peyton each drove in runs while Lavering, Brown, Larson and Barril each singled for the Bears.

Juneau-Douglas will take on the fourth-ranked team from the Cook Inlet Conference on June 6 at Cartee Fields in Anchorage in the first round of the Alaska School Activities Association State Softball Championships.

The Crimson Bears will be playing for an unprecedented sixth state championship.

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