JDHS’ Gloria Bixby slides safe into second base and under the tag of TMHS’ Jenna Dobson during the first inning of a drizzly Friday night game against Thunder Mountain High School in May 2021 that raised money for mental health. TMHS and JDHS both will be participating in the Paint it Pink Cancer Awareness games on Saturday, May 13 along with Ketchikan and Sitka high schools at Melvin Park and Dimond Park Field No. 4 (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)

JDHS’ Gloria Bixby slides safe into second base and under the tag of TMHS’ Jenna Dobson during the first inning of a drizzly Friday night game against Thunder Mountain High School in May 2021 that raised money for mental health. TMHS and JDHS both will be participating in the Paint it Pink Cancer Awareness games on Saturday, May 13 along with Ketchikan and Sitka high schools at Melvin Park and Dimond Park Field No. 4 (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)

Southeast high school softball teams go to bat for cancer awareness

Paint it Pink Cancer Awareness Games on May 13.

Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé and Thunder Mountain High School softball teams are currently seeking local businesses interested in participating in the school’s coin drives by collecting change.

According to JDHS head coach Lexie Razor, between May 1-12 jars will be dropped off by Razor and businesses should reach out to her personally at lexierazor@gmail.com. All funds raised will go to Cancer Connection, which serves all of Southeast Alaska.

The coin drives are all leading up to Saturday, May 13 when JDHS and TMHS Softball programs will host a Cancer Awareness Game Series at Melvin Park and Dimond Park Field No. 4.

“We’ve done fundraiser games in different years, but this is the first year that we’ve done a Cancer Awareness event at least in a couple of years,” Razor said. “This is also the first time that we’ve done a larger event with all of the teams from every region. We currently have a goal of raising $3,000.”

Both Ketchikan High School along with Sitka High School will be in Juneau for a total of eight different games played throughout the day against the Crimson Bears and Falcons JV and varsity teams. JV game times are 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. varsity game times areat 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Razor said there will be T-shirt sales, a dessert auction, coin drive, as well as lots of games to attend.

“I think it will be a great event,” Razor said. “We might be doing some activities in between the games, specifically between the morning and evening games, so people can stay posted on the Facebook page.”

JDHS travels to Sitka this Thursday and Friday to play against Sitka High School for both conference and non-conference games. TMHS travels to North Pole for the Rally in the Valley tournament against North Pole High School.

• Contact reporter Jonson Kuhn at jonson.kuhn@juneauempire.com.

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