Weekend Preview: Juneau baseball teams square off

In the first meetings between Juneau’s two prep-baseball teams this season, Thunder Mountain High School and Juneau-Douglas High School face off for games this Friday and Saturday. On both nights varsity games are at 7 p.m.; junior varsity starts at 4 p.m.

JDHS is coming off a three-game series at Sitka last weekend where they went 1-2, dropping their record to 4-2 on the season. TMHS returns from Petersburg where they split a two-game series last weekend, putting them at 2-7.

Softball: TMHS vs.

Ketchikan

TMHS’ softball team hosts Ketchikan High School this weekend for two conference games. Friday’s varsity game starts at 5 p.m. The team plays at 4 p.m. on Saturday and the two teams play a non-conference game at 6 p.m. All games are at Dimond Park field number four.

TMHS has faced Kayhi three times this season, travelling to Ketchikan to open their season and losing two of three games. Since then the Falcons have only lost once, streaking for 11 wins before falling to East High School in the championship of the Blue and Gold softball tournament last weekend, making their record 11-3 on the year.

The Falcons are putting together a banner year. They’ve notched their first ever wins against JDHS two weeks ago. East High School is the team to beat this year, with their first loss in 74 games coming last weekend to the Dimond Lynx, whom TMHS beat in the Blue and Gold tournament. Long story short, these girls have the talent to make a run at the state tournament.

This weekend’s games will test TMHS’ progress as the Falcons have gained confidence through their recent success.

Softball: JDHS vs. Sitka

JDHS hosts Sitka High School this weekend for two conference games at 7 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday. Both games will be at Melvin Park Field #2.

The Crimson Bears boast a winning record of 6-5 after splitting two games with Ketchikan last weekend.

Sitka is a handful on the bats, logging run totals of 25, 27 and 20 in their highest scoring games this season. The defending 3A state champions out of Sitka are 7-6-1.

Soccer: JDHS vs.

Kayhi

The Crimson Bears host Ketchikan this weekend for the third and fourth games between the two teams this season. JDHS travelled to Ketchikan in late April to notch 3-0 and 1-0 wins over the Kings.

JDHS is coming off a four-game road trip where they won two of three, beating Palmer High School and East Anchorage High School, while losing to South Anchorage High School. Ketchikan returns to Juneau for the second weekend in a row, beating TMHS twice in the rain last weekend to the tune of 4-0 and 2-0.

Away games

TMHS boys soccer will visit West Valley, Lathrup and North Pole this weekend. JDHS girls soccer heads south to Ketchikan, and the TMHS and JDHS track and field will travel to Haines. For coverage of away games see Tuesday’s Juneau Empire.