The Juneau-Douglas Excessive Faculty softball crew gained their two convention video games at Sitka. (Klas Stolpe)
Juneau, Alaska (KINY) – The Juneau-Douglas Excessive Faculty Yadaa.at Kalé Crimson Bears women softball crew picked up proper the place they left off – two years in the past – however not within the center faculty ranks.
Lots of this season’s roster have been in seventh or eighth grade when the coronavirus pandemic cancelled the season however the present Crimson Bears performed like an skilled ball membership and gained two convention video games in opposition to the Sitka Girl Wolves to open the season on the street at Sitka’s Moller Area over the weekend.
On Friday the Crimson Bears gained 10-6 behind 4 hits by sophomore Saelyr Hunt and two apiece from sophomore Mariah Schauwecker and senior Mackenzie Jackson.
“The women battled the entire time,” Juneau-Douglas coach Alexandra Razor stated. “There was a pair instances that Sitka got here again however they went again as much as bat and hit extra.”
The sport was tied 2-2 after the primary inning however the Crimson Bears put single runs throughout within the second, third and fourth innings and three extra within the prime of the fifth.
Sitka made it attention-grabbing with 4 runs within the backside of the sixth however the Crimson Bears responded with Hunt stealing residence for a run and Schauwecker scoring when Sitka made a play on freshman Chloe Casperson advancing to first base on a dropped third strike.
“The women did a extremely good job every inning being aggressive and hitting and working the bases rather well,” Razor stated.
The Crimson Bears gained on Saturday 12-5 once more behind Hunt’s 4 hits, two from Schauwecker and freshman Kiah Yadao, and one every from Jackson, junior Kaia Smith sophomores Anna Dale and Gloria Bixby, and freshmen Tristan Oliva and Casperson.
Razor credited her youngish crew, together with Hunt who totaled eight hits in two video games and 7 stolen bases because the crew’s first batter.
“She is doing precisely what we want a lead-off hitter to do,” Razor stated. “Mariah Schauwecker additionally did a extremely good job on the plate, she ended up having 8 hits and she or he was subsequent main stolen bases with three… and Anna Dale did an amazing job behind the plate catching for us.
General the women performed actually exhausting, they hustled, we had not less than three or 4 women diving for balls, attempting to make catches and performs, we had a number of good issues occur and a number of stuff was very constructive this weekend.”
Hunt, who can also be on the JDHS drill crew, really skipped a yr so she also needs to be a freshman.
“It’s fairly enjoyable,” Hunt stated. “I’ve probably not been within the first spot so having the ability get hits immediately, get on base, and have my following batters go up and hit me round is fairly enjoyable to observe and very nice to have the ability to do. I used to be nervous for the primary video games however we have been prepared for them, now we have been working towards for a very long time.”
Principally the Crimson Bears begin a senior and junior and a solid that has by no means performed past center faculty.
Senior Jackson handles the new nook at third base and junior Kia Smith steadies the infield throws and fielding at first base, essential as a result of variety of younger arms within the infield and outfield.
“A number of these women have performed collectively for years in order that they already do form of mesh properly,” Razor stated. “We do have youngsters enjoying spots they often wouldn’t play and so they’re having to study new positions however they’re doing an amazing job.”
Schauwecker began on the mound for the Crimson Bears each video games and allowed simply 4 runs and had six strikeouts, and Yadao closes (when not fielding), permitting three runs and had eight strikeouts.
Dale is behind the plate, Bixby is at second base, Hunt shortstop, and the outfield are contemporary. Actually contemporary.
They have been seventh graders the final time Juneau-Douglas had a season.
Yadao performs left discipline, Oliva middle and Casperson proper. What the trio lack in expertise they make up for in ability.
On Friday Yadao made a diving try at a line drive and missed by inches, the ball bought by way of however Oliva ran from middle to chase down the ball on the fence and threw to shortstop Hunt who threw the runner out at residence.
“The hitter tried to get an within the park residence run however they wouldn’t let it occur, that was fairly spectacular,” Razor stated. “We additionally bought youngsters caught in two or three pickles and we bought them out in every of them, now we have been performing some drills working towards it and the women have been excited and so they have been in a position to get folks out each time. They’re younger however I feel that a number of them have a number of discipline maturity and they’re exhausting working. This crew actually desires to play and so they actually wish to win. Now we have been speaking to them as coaches, so long as they’ll keep wholesome and keep collectively as a crew they’ll do a number of issues. It’s positively studying our tradition and what we wish and what we anticipate as a crew and coming collectively as a crew. It’s start line. We discovered issues now we have to work on and enhance however we’re all fairly proud of how this weekend turned out.”
JDHS additionally misplaced to Sitka 14-6 in a non-conference recreation to finish the street journey. Present convention data present JDHS at 2-0, Ketchikan 2-0, TMHS 0-2 and Sitka 0-2.
The Crimson Bears play at their residence Melvin Park Area on Friday in opposition to Thunder Mountain (JV 5 p.m., Varsity 7) and Saturday (JV 2 p.m., V 4 and 6:30). Friday is the Crimson Bears’ Psychological Well being Consciousness recreation with a fundraising aim of $1,500 to donate to NAMI, with a give attention to teen psychological well being care.
“It’s going to be fairly thrilling to play in entrance of my family and friends,” Hunt stated. “I do know the opposite folks on the TM crew, I’m buddies with them, so having the ability to play in opposition to them as a substitute of with them after just a few years goes to be fairly entertaining to observe and fairly enjoyable to see. From skipping a grade and going into final yr and having it cancelled is fairly unhappy however now we have been working towards and going exhausting and first highschool video games are all the time going to be some kind of stress, however having the ability to play properly collectively and being actually near my crew actually helps out with that.”