Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé Crimson Bears softball team celebrated their seniors with a sweep of crosstown rival Thunder Mountain on Saturday at Melvin Park Field.
JDHS won a conference game 8-7 over TMHS, held senior appreciation ceremonies for Elin Antaya and Kalila Arreola, and then the Crimson Bears won a non-conference clash with the Falcons 11-1.
In the conference game. JDHS scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning as junior Mariah Schauwecker led off with a single, advanced on a single by junior Anna Dale and scored on sophomore Mila Hargrave’s line drive to center field. Sophomore Kiah Yadao hit a two-out single to center field scoring Dale.
JDHS scored a run in the bottom of the third as sophomore Tristan Oliva earned a walk and scored on a sacrifice by junior Zoey Billings for a 3-0 advantage.
TMHS got a run in the top of the fourth as sophomore Kara Strong hit into a fielder’s choice that scored senior sister Sydney Strong. The Falcons added another run in the fifth inning as senior Anne-Alese Rentrop reached on an error and scored on a single by sophomore Ashlyn Gates to trail 3-2.
TMHS put three runs across in the sixth inning as senior Rileyanna Payne scored on a fly ball by senior Tyler Johnson, freshman Brianna Eakes scored on a double by sophomore Jack Lovejoy and Johnson scored on a groundball by Rentrop for a 5-3 lead.
TMHS added two more runs in the top of the seventh inning, as Payne doubled in senior Riley Harp and K. Strong hit a fielder’s choice again to score S. Strong for a 7-3 lead.
JDHS found magic in the last half of the seventh as sophomore Chloe Casperson hit a lead-off triple and scored on a single by Schauwecker. Dale singled to score freshman pinch runner Tatum Billings. Dale was put out on base. Oliva hit a home run to close to one run, 7-6. Hargrave hit a one-out triple and was replaced on the bag by junior Bailey Hansen. Yadao hit a two out, walk-off home run for the 8-7 win.
Yadao was 2-4 at the plate with three runs batted in and one run scored. She also pitched the full seven innings, allowed nine hits and seven runs and struck out three batters.
JDHS’ Schauwecker, Oliva and Hargrave had one RBI each. Schauwecker had three hits, Hargrave two, and Dale, Oliva and Chloe Casperson one each. Oliva scored two runs, Schauwecker, T. Billings, Dale, Hansen, Yadao and Chloe Casperson one each.
JDHS coach Lexi Razor noted the outfield of juniors Amira Andrews and Carlynn Casperson and sophomore Chloe Casperson were key for backing up the team’s infield.
K. Strong had two RBI for TMHS, Gates, Payne, Lovejoy and Rentrop one each. Payne had three hits, Gates and Lovejoy two apiece, and S. Strong and K. Strong one apiece. S. Strong scored two runs, Harp, Payne, Eakes Johnson and Rentrop one each. Lovejoy, Harp and Gates all made appearances in the circle.
In the five inning, 11-1 non-conference win, T. Billings had two RBI, Oliva, Hargrave and Yadao one each. Dale, Hargrave and T. Billings had two hits each and Oliva, Chloe Casperson, freshman Taiya Bentz, Yadao, Antaya and junior Gloria Bixby one each. Hargrave scored three runs, Dale and Bixby two apiece and Oliva, Chloe Casperson, Antaya and T. Billings one each. Hargrave pitched the five innings, allowed three hits and one run.
TMHS’ Lovejoy went 2.2 innings in the circle, allowed eight hits and nine runs, struck out three batters and walked one. Payne relieved for 1.1 innings, allowed four hits and two runs. K. Strong had the one RBI. Rentrop had two hits and Lovejoy one. Payne scored the lone Falcons run.
Next up for both the Crimson Bears and Falcons is the Southeast Conference Region V Softball Championships at Ketchikan, May 26-28. The Region V baseball championships will also be held at the same time and location.
Above - Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé senior Kalila Arreola is presented with gifts during the Crimson Bears senior night 2022 at Melvin Park Field, Saturday. (Klas Stolpe/KINY)