Juneau wins state title with Soldotna sweep

Juneau All-Stars allow one hit over two games to win senior softball title

Posted: Sunday, July 24, 2005

The Juneau All-Stars received terrific performances from their entire roster Saturday to win the Alaska Little League Senior Softball State Championship with a 10-0 win over the Soldotna All-Stars at Melvin Park.

Juneau won the best two-of-three series by earning a 21-0 win over Soldotna on Friday and winning Saturday's contest.

"They played really well," Juneau manager Gail Fenumiai said. "They were hitting the ball well. (Friday) they were really hitting the ball exceptionally well. Today, they were a little slower behind the bats but they still did a great job."

Juneau's pitching duo of Carrie Laliberte and Madison Massey combined to allow only one hit in 10 innings of work over the weekend.

On Saturday, Laliberte pitched four perfect innings with seven strikeouts to earn the win. Massey came on in the fifth and didn't allow a run, to preserve the shutout.

Laliberte exhibited great control and a nasty change-up to keep Soldotna's hitters off balance.

"I'm usually really confident and when I was warming up before the game (the change-up) was looking good," Laliberte said. "So I told my dad (coach Bill Laliberte) and we mixed it in a lot."

Juneau immediately jumped on its opponent, scoring four runs in the first inning.

Juneau added runs in the second, third and fourth inning and posted three runs in the fifth to invoke the 10-run rule and end the game.

Sammy Roguska went 4-for-4 with three runs scored, three stolen bases and an RBI to lead Juneau's bats.

Laliberte was 1-for-3 with two RBIs, Trixie Abella tripled and scored twice while Nicole Fenumiai and Massey each scored a run in the win.

Juneau's bench also contributed offensively as Nicole Young drove in a run and Lourdes Andes crushed a double to the fence and also scored.

"We have good bats pretty much one through nine and our subs too, so that helps us to be confident on offense," Laliberte said.

Juneau will represent Alaska in the Northwest Super Regional tournament in Missoula, Mont., next week.

On Friday, Laliberte and Massey held Soldotna to just one hit in a 21-0 rout.

"I don't think there were any passed balls in the tournament at all," Gail Fenumiai said. "Our catcher, Ashliegh Wilwert, did a wonderful job protecting behind the plate. She did a great job."

Laliberte tripled and scored five times, Roguska had three runs scored and a triple, Wilwert posted three hits and four runs scored and Cortney Wagner went 3-for-4.

Brittany Weideman also scored in the win.

"I'm really proud of all of them," the manager said. "They worked hard. It's been a long season for them with high school, Little League and Midnight Suns and they've stuck together well as a team and we hope to do Alaska proud when we get to Montana next week."

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

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