Alaska sports roundup (5/3/12)

Anchorage Daily NewsMay 2, 2012 

Boys Prep Baseball

Service 9, West 3

Zach Ferntheil struck out seven in four scoreless innings and Jake Ridley drove in four runs with three hits Wednesday at Mulcahy Stadium as Service won its Cook Inlet Conference baseball season-opener 9-3 over West.

Ridley rapped a single, double and triple for the Cougars, who jumped to a 6-0 lead early thanks to a four-run third inning. Johnny Meszaros' two-run single highlighted the inning.

John Gutsch's seventh-inning double drove in two runs for West.

Boys Prep Soccer

Dimond 5, Juneau 1

Travis Merritt and Jack Sedor each netted a pair of goals Wednesday at Dimond to power the undefeated Lynx to a 5-1 nonconference romp past visiting Juneau.

Austin Portch scored the other goal for Dimond, which led 3-0 at the half to run its record to 11-0.

South 2, Service 1

South's Zak Naylor and Hayden Western each notched goals Wednesday, leading the Wolverines to a 2-1 home win over Service in a Cook Inlet Conference boys' soccer match.

South took a 2-0 lead into halftime, and Service scored its goal on a penalty kick in the second half.

Homer 6, Hutchison 0

Striker Lennart Von Schlichting picked up a hat trick in the first eight minutes of play to help undefeated Homer overwhelm Hutchison 6-0 in Homer.

Also scoring for Homer (4-0-2) were Robin Glosser, Lewis Koplin and Connor McCarron.

Girls Prep Soccer

Dimond 4, Juneau 0

Freshman goalkeeper Ruth Ann Lomu racked up another shutout Wednesday in Dimond's 4-0 nonconference girls soccer victory over Juneau at Dimond Alumni Field.

Aaliyah Lewis scored twice and Leah Swiss and Ariela Lewis each scored once for the Lynx, who improved to 10-0-1.

On Monday, Lomu and the Lynx shutout out West 6-0 in a CIC match. Claire Mattingly and Aaliyah Lewis each scored two goals to spark the Lynx.

Service 2, South 2

The South girls soccer team couldn't hold an early lead Wednesday, allowing visiting Service to come back and forge a 2-2 draw in a Cook Inlet Conference match.

South's Katelynn Zanders struck for two goals in the first 20 minutes, but Service's Leah Camery scored just before halftime and Haleigh Van Allen scored on a second-half free kick to even the score.

Hutchison 4, Homer 1

Elly Veazey booted two goals and Gretchen Petrie and Marissa Burgett each scored one Wednesday in Hutchison's 4-1 girls soccer win over host Homer.

Maggie Koplin supplied the Mariners' lone goal.

Prep Softball

East sweeps Bartlett

East's Sydney Smith and Morgan Hill each pitched complete games Wednesday, and the Thunderbirds racked two big wins over Bartlett in a prep softball doubleheader at Wendler Middle School.

Smith struck out seven batters to help East win the first game 8-0, and Hill allowed two hits in the second game, a 16-1 win.

East's Taria Page and Erika Meyerson each went 2 for 3 in the first game and each recorded inside-the-park home runs. They both remained hot in the second game, with Page going 4 for 4 and Meyerson going 3 for 4 with two doubles. Elise Mitchell also provided an extra boost in the second game, scoring three runs and driving in four in a 2-for-2 effort.

Lauren Galliger led Bartlett batters, hitting a combined 3 for 4.

On Monday, East clobbered Dimond 7-0 behind Smith's seven-inning, eight-strikeout gem, in which she allowed three hits. Page tallied three hits and scored three times.

West wins a pair

West swept a softball doubleheader Wednesday against Service, winning the first game 4-3 and the second game 5-2 and enjoying strong pitching in both games.

In the opener, Pauline Tufi struck out 10 in a seven-inning one-hitter. She also drove in the winning run to break a 3-3 tie in the top of the seventh and then shut down the Cougars in the bottom half of the inning.

Nikki Olsen, who contributed two hits in the win, took the mound for the second game. She also struck out 10 to outduel Service's Peggy Sewell.

Steph Compton had two hits for Service.

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