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Posted: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 12:21 am

FAIRBANKS — The Interior’s large schools ruled the South Davis high school softball fields Monday night as the North Pole Patriots, Lathrop junior varsity and West Valley junior varsity teams posted wins against small schools varsity teams from Monroe Catholic and Hutchison. North Pole scored a 26-3 win against Monroe Catholic, while the Lathrop JV downed Hutchison 15-3 and the West Valley JV defeated Hutchison 12-5.

North Pole took advantage of numerous walks to beat Monroe Catholic in a three-inning game.

Abby Hesse and Allison Norton led North Pole’s offensive attack.

Hess went 2 for 2 with a double, two walks and four runs batted in. Norton also went 2 for 2 with a walk and three RBI.

Patriots pitcher Corey Donovan worked three innings, giving up no hits, striking out six and walking one. All three runs she allowed were unearned.

Monroe has a young team with new pitchers and coach Joe Ribar said it will take the Rams a few games to get settled down.

“We’re still trying to find our pitching, but we’ll be able to work through it,” he said. “Everything will work itself out once we play a couple more games.”

North Pole is back in action again tonight against the Lathrop Malemutes in a 6 p.m. contest. Monroe Catholic hosts West Valley at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

All high school games are played at the South Davis complex.

Lathrop JV/Hutch

Jenna Johnson went 2 for 3 with a out-of-the-park grand slam to lead the Lathrop junior varsity to a victory against the first-year Hutch varsity.

Audrie Castano went 2 for 3 for the Malemutes and Ashley Zartman was 2 for 2.

Details on Hutchison were not available.

West Valley JV/Hutch

The West Valley junior varsity scored seven runs in the second inning on its way to victory against the Hutchison squad.

Winning pitcher Zahn Thompson opened the game with a solo home run and Hannah Kaiser followed with a triple and scored on a bunt by Mary Webb to give West Valley a 2-0 lead in the first inning.

Thompson earned the win, pitching three innings and striking out nine of the 10 batters she faced. Thompson walked one.

Hutchison scored all five of its runs on six walks and singles by K. Matheson, B. Wicken, M. Burgess, R. Devlin in the fourth inning.

Baseball canceled

Monday night’s nonconference high school baseball game featuring the Monroe Catholic Rams at the Delta Junction Huskies was canceled.

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