Despite losses, ER softball shows promise

Future is bright for Wolves’ program, coach says


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Eagle River’s Jasmine Smith tags out a Bartlett player during a doubleheader Saturday, May 5 at Albrecht Fields.

MIKE NESPER

After being swept by Dimond, Eagle River softball dropped two close games to Bartlett on Saturday, May 5 at Albrecht Fields.

The Golden Bears won the first game 5-3 and edged out a 6-5 in the second game.

Taegan Mergen led the Wolves offensively. She went 2-for-3 in both games and scored a run in Game 1 and two in Game 2.

Dimond won the first game 15-3 and the second game 16-3.

Eagle River fell to 0-9 after being swept by Service and Chugiak. The Cougars won 20-6 then 21-3 in a doubleheader Monday, May 7. Chugiak (6-1) blanked the Wolves 16-0 then 15-0 in a doubleheader Tuesday, May 8 at Lions Park.

The Wolves played a doubleheader with West on Wednesday, May 9, but a score was not available when the Star went to press.

Junior catcher Sarah Peyton is a key returner for Eagle River, said head coach Kevin Murphy. Peyton, a three-year player, has been hitting the ball well early in the season, he said.

“She’s an on-the-field leader,” Murphy said. “She just is doing extremely well.”

Murphy said Eagle River was in need of pitchers this season, and Jaime Johnson and Kelly Youngs have not only filled the void, but blossomed on the mound.

“They’ve stepped up and they’re pitching well,” he said.

Eagle River’s future looks bright, Murphy said, citing the talent at the junior varsity level.

“I’m encouraged with the JV program,” he said.

The varsity team, too, is improving, Murphy said.

The Wolves have a doubleheader with East on Friday, May 11 at Wendler Middle School starting at 6 p.m. The following day, Eagle River plays Homer at Albrecht Fields at 12:30 p.m.

On Monday, May 14, Eagle River plays South at Albrecht at 5:45 p.m.

 

Contact Mike Nesper at 694-2727 or mike.nesper@alaskastar.com

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