Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears softball team will dig into the past for tonight’s 6 p.m. alumni game at Melvin Park.
Twenty-four former Crimson Bears’ players will done the black and red of JDHS in a fundraiser for the team and a “fun-raiser” for the fans.
“We have a couple people who didn’t play in last year’s game,” Lexi Razor (Larson) said. “Suzanne Morris, or Suzanne Parr, and Amelia Smiley-Rivera are back. Amelia graduated in ’98 was a two-time All-State player. And Suzanne Morris Parr graduated in 2002 and was a three-time All-State player. We have eight girls that were on All-State teams when they played. We have women from 1994 up into 2021 that are playing. It should be a fun day.”
Razor will lead Team Red which features 1998’s Amelia Smiley-Rivera, 1999’s Angi Thibodeau (Truax), 2001’s Nicole Adair, 2002’s Suzanne Morris (Parr), 2003’s Stephanie Heard, 2005’s Ilea Belcourt, 2008’s Nicole Fenumia’i, 2018’s Caitlynn Rich, 2019’s Skylar Hickok, 2020’s Asianna Mazon and 2021’s Jojo Griggs.
The opponents of Team Black feature 1999’s Tammy Ladd (Mixson) and Michelle Ritter (Ramsdell), 2003’s Danielle Larson, 2005’s Erika Lindsey, 2006’s Alicia Maryott, 2013’s Rachel Doogan, 2014’s Drea Gordon, 2016’s Quincy Bates, 2017’s Sami Good, 2019’s Mia Loree, 2020’s Ariana Connally and 2021’s Mackenzie Jackson.
“We had batting practice last night and it is just fun to get out there together,” Razor said. “Even though a lot of us didn’t play together, it’s just having that common, I don’t know, being on a Crimson Bears softball team is kind of fun.”
Icy Hot and bags of ice will be on hand.
“Ice bags, everything is ready,”
“A lot of these people play slow pitch so they are already kind of in shape for softball weather. It is definitely different hitting a fast pitch again. It is kind of funny but everyone says they don’t they’ll be able to hit it but in the end they hit fine.”
The game is a fundraiser for JDHS softball. Tickets are $10 at the gate.
“It’s a fun way to get people together and raise money,” Razor said.
Juneau-Douglas players celebrate against East Anchorage during the 2013 softball state championships at Anchorage's Cartee Field. (Klas Stolpe / KINY)