Nelson's arm, Bears' big bats earn JDHS's seventh state title

Posted: Monday, June 07, 2010

After letting East Anchorage pull out a seventh-inning rally to defeat Juneau-Douglas 11-7 in Saturday's first of a possible two-game championship series, the Crimson Bears left no doubt in the second game of the double-elimination large schools state tournament.

Erik Hill / Anchorage Daily News
Erik Hill / Anchorage Daily News

JDHS scored early and often in blowing out the defending state champions 11-0 to win the program's seventh overall crown and third in four years.

Megan Mauseth led off the first with a double to left and scored on a sacrifice fly by starting pitcher Jennifer Nelson.

East went down in order in the bottom of the first after two putouts by Kalea Chapman at short and another by Nelson, and the Bears led 1-0 after one.

The Bears loaded the bases on three straight walks but failed to score in the second, and East again went down 1-2-3.

Brittany Fenumiai reached on an error in the third inning, and moved to third on a single up the middle by Larson, setting the stage for freshman Malin Murray, who belted a three-run home run over the fence in left for a 4-0 Bears lead heading into the bottom of the third.

East threatened with two two-out singles, but Nelson ended the threat with a put out at first from the circle.

Krista Barril led off the fourth with a single to right, and Nelson moved Barril to third with a base knock up the middle. Fenumiai walked to load the bases for Larson, who smashed a grand slam over the fence in right-center to blow the game open, 8-0, Bears, heading into the bottom of the fourth.

East threatened again in the bottom half of the fourth with back-to-back singles, but Nelson recorded a full count punch out to again end the threat.

The Bears needed just two runs to reach the mercy rule, and JDHS got three in the fifth.

Barril started things off with her first career home run, and Nelson followed with a two-out single. Fenumiai stepped up and sent the first pitch deep over the fence in right-center for her third home run of the tournament, and the Bears led 11-0 with East down to its last three outs.

Nelson quickly fanned the first two hitters, and Mauseth recorded the final out on a line drive catch in center field, securing JDHS's seventh state softball championship.

Fenumiai, Larson and Nelson were all named to the All-Tournament team.

Fenumiai went 10-for-16 in the tournament with three home runs, seven RBIs, three doubles, two walks and 13 runs scored. She also gave up 14 hits in 14 innings, walking six and striking out nine.

Larson went 9-for-17 with three homers, 12 RBIs, a double and seven runs scored.

Nelson was 5-for-17 with a home run, seven RBIs, a double and six runs scored. More important were her numbers from the rubber. In 12 innings, Nelson gave just eight hits and two walks, striking out eight.

Mauseth finished the weekend 6-for-17 with two triples, a double, two RBIs and seven runs scored.

Barril went 4-for-9 with a home run, an RBI, five runs scored and two walks. She also pitched seven innings, giving up seven hits and a walk while striking out three.

The freshman Murray came up big on the biggest stage for the Bears, going 5-for-6 with a home run, four RBIs and three runs scored.

Kaci Hansen and Kalea Chapman each added two hits and three RBIs apiece.

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