East Thunderbirds 8, Juneau 4
The East Thunderbirds ran their softball record to 10-0 Saturday with a championship-game win over Juneau in the East-West softball tournament.
Carrie Sauerbrey clubbed a two-run single to fuel a fifth-inning rally en route to an 8-4 win in the title game at Albrecht Fields.
In the third-place game, pitcher Nikki Olsen allowed just two baserunners in a five-inning shutout to lead West past West Valley 10-0.
Juneau led East 4-1 through four innings on home runs by Randi Held, Kayla Balovich and Maline Murray before East roared back. The T-Birds scored four runs on four hits in the fifth inning to grab a 5-4 lead and tacked on three more runs in the sixth.
"We've got a lot of those Nunaka Valley girls who have played in a lot of big games," said East coach Paul Schoenborn, referring to the Little League softball juggernaut that includes several East players. "They think, 'We know we're gonna do it, we just don't know when.' Meanwhile they're giving me a heart attack."
Taria Page delivered two hits, including a solo home run, for East.
West claimed third place in the four-team tournament behind Olsen's strong pitching effort, which included one hit and one walk. She slugged a solo homer and finished with two hits and two RBIs, and teammate Devonne Troutman doubled and homered to drive in two more runs.
In Saturday's semifinal action, East downed West Valley 10-2, and Juneau stopped West 14-10.
In East's win, Gabby Meyerseon drove in three runs with a two-run homer and a sacrifice fly, and pitcher Sydney Smith struck out eight and contributed two hits offensively.
Smith also got the pitching win against Juneau.
Juneau got past West thanks to a five-RBI performance by leadoff batter Randi Held, who was 2 for 4 with a three-run homer. Kayla Balovich took the win and also delivered three hits.
West, which trailed 14-2 before mounting a comeback, got three hits apiece from Mikayla Teel, Nanea Tali and Temple Vice.
GIRLS PREP SOCCER
Dimond 4, Chugiak 1
Four first-half goals propelled Dimond to a 4-1 Cook Inlet Conference girls soccer victory over host Chugiak on Saturday.
Leah Swiss struck first for the Lynx in the seventh minute on an assist from Bobbye Pendleton. Aaliyah Lewis added goals in the 17th and 27th minutes, both on assists from Ariela Lewis, and Lizzy Gogolowski used her left foot to produce a goal in the 31st minute.
Chugiak's Jessi Beverlin notched a break-away goal in the second half, scoring on a rebound against Dimond goalie Katelyn Sweeney.
West 2, Eagle River 1
Alex Susich and Anna Sophia Roberts scored goals Saturday to post a 2-1 girls CIC soccer victory at Eagle River.
Shayna Wolery scored Eagle River's goal.
South 2, Grace 0
South scored twice in a 10-minute span in the second half Saturday to turn back Grace Christian 2-0 in a nonconference girls soccer match at South.
Shelby Woolston scored on a pass from Cydney Lagomarsino for the first goal, and Sofia Velez's header off a pass from Sarah Newton made it a two-goal game. Jacqueline Burke earned the shutout.
Dimond 7, West 6
Dimond escaped a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the seventh inning Saturday to pull off a 7-6 Cook Inlet Conference baseball victory over West at Mulcahy Stadium, where the Lynx also recorded a 12-3 CIC win over Bartlett on Friday.
In Saturday's win, Sheldon Rouzan singled twice and doubled for the Lynx, driving in two runs and scoring one. Payton Lauwers added a pair of hits and runs to go with an RBI and stolen base. Jordan Clevenger, who earned the win in relief, also produced two hits and two runs.
West's Ted Kelly was a home run short of hitting for the cycle, adding two stolen bases and a run. Dalton Chapman blasted a 2-run homer to give the Eagles a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the fourth.
Friday's win included three hits, three runs and three RBIs for Clevenger and two runs apiece from Mason Anderson and Joe Fitka.
Zach Schmidt led the way for Bartlett with a single and two runs. Logan Williams added a double and a run.