Opening Day at Region V Softball, Baseball Tourney puts Capital City on Edge

    The Thunder Mountain and Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé softball teams will play in an elimination game at the Region V Championships in Ketchikan, Thursday. (file photo Klas Stolpe/KINY)

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé Crimson Bears and Thunder Mountain High School Falcons softball teams lost their opening games at the Southeast Region V Championships in Ketchikan on Wednesday and will face each other in an elimination game today, while the Crimson Bears baseball team put the Falcons sandlot boys into an elimination game as well.

      - SOFTBALL -

      KAYHI 5, JDHS 4

    The Crimson Bears fell to the home town Lady Kings 5-4 on Wednesday. 

    The JDHS girls trailed Ketchikan 3-0 through four innings before getting a big rally in the bottom of the fifth.

      Junior Gloria Bixby hit a lead off double to start the rally and advanced to third when sophomore Chloe Casperson reached on a ground ball error by Ketchikan shortstop Shae Mendoza. Freshman Milina Mazon came in to pinch run for Bixby and scored on a ground ball by sophomore Tristan Oliva. Junior Anna Dale reached on a ground ball error and sophomore Mila Hargrave singled to score Casperson. Junior Zoey Billings earned a bases loaded walk that brought in Oliva and tied the score at 3-3. Dale then scored from third base on a passed ball for the 4-3 lead.

      Ketchikan tied the score in the top of the seventh inning as Paige Boehlert led off with a single, moved to second on a bunt from Rylie Welk, advanced to third on a sacrifice by Mendoza and scored on a ground ball out hit by Taylor Jackson.

      In extra innings a player is placed on second to start a team’s at-bat and Mackenzie Pahang earned Kayhi’s placement. A long fly ball out to centerfield by Marley Lewis allowed Pahang to tag up and score the go-a-head run.

      In the bottom half of the eighth Casperson was placed at second to start the JDHS at-bat and moved to third base on a passed ball. Casperson would be stranded at the bag as JDHS hit two infield popup outs and a third to centerfield.

      Oliva, Hargrave and Billings had one RBI each for JDHS. Oliva, Dale, Hargrave, sophomore Kiyah Yadao, Bixby and Casperson had one hit each. Oliva, Dale, Mazon and Casperson scored one run each. Billings earned two walks, Oliva and Yadao one apiece.

    Yadao started in the circle for the Crimson Bears and went four innings, allowed seven hits and three runs and struck out one batter. Hargrave went 2.1 innings, struck out on and walked one, and junior Amira Andrews went 1.2 innings, allowed two hits and one run, and struck out one and walked one.

      Hannah Moody started for Kayhi and went 4.1 innings, allowed three hits and four runs and struck out four batters and walked three. Pahang relieved for 3.2 innings, allowed three hits and struck out one and walked one.

      Lewis led Kayhi with two RBI, Welk and Boehlert led with two hits apiece. Pahnag scored two runs, Welk, Moody and Boehlert one each.

      SITKA 10, TMHS 2

      The Sitka Lady Wolves put a damper on the TMHS Falcons opening game in the Region V softball championships on Wednesday, winning 10-2.  

    The TMHS girls’ two runs came in the bottom of the first inning as sophomore Jenna Dobson led off with a single, classmate Jack Lovejoy singled and senior Riley Harp doubled to score Dobson. Senior Sydney Strong followed with a sacrifice fly to center field scoring Lovejoy for the 2-0 lead.

      Sitka would get a run back in the top of the first, five runs in the top of the fifth and four in the top of the sixth inning for the 10-2 score. The Falcons could not extend the game in the bottom half of the sixth.

      Sophomore Ashlyn Gates started in the circle for TMHS, went 3.1 innings and allowed three hits and one run, struck out two and walked two. Senior Rileyanna Payne relieved for 1.1 innings, allowed four hits and four runs and struck out one batter. Harp and Lovejoy also went to the circle in the loss.

      Harp and Strong led the Falcons with one RBI apiece. Dobson, Lovejoy, Harp, Gates, and seniors Tyler Johnson and Anne-Alese Rentrop had one hit each.

      Sitka’s Dalila Callahan went four innings, allowed three hits and two runs, struck out two and walked two. Kayla Balovich relieved for two innings, and struck out one.

      Adriana Denkinger led Sitka at the plate with four RBI. The Lady Wolves’ Harlee Nelson went 2-3 with three RBI and two runs scored and Naia Nelson went 2-4 with one RBI and two runs scored. Kaelynn Balovich scored two runs.

      JDHS plays in an elimination game against TMHS today. That winner plays another elimination game today against the loser of today’s winners bracket contest between Kayhi and Sitka.

      - BASEBALL -

      JDHS 13, TMHS 2

      JDHS opened the Region V Championships with a win over crosstown rival TMHS.

      The Falcons scored the first run of the game in the opening inning but the Crimson Bears took the lead in the bottom half and won in a run shortened five innings, 13-2.

      JDHS junior Caden Mesdag led the Crimson Bears with a 3-3 day at the plate, with four RBI and one run scored and also earned one walk. Senior Porter Nelson went 2-3 with three RBI and two runs scored. Junior Garrison Luben had two hits and senior Kai Schmidt and sophomore Lamar Blatnick scored two runs apiece.

      Junior Eli Crupi started on the mound for JDHS, went three innings, allowed three hits and two runs, struck out two and walked one. Junior Joe Aline relieved for two innings, allowed three hits, struck out two and walked one.

      For TMHS, sophomore Thomas Baxter, and seniors Preston Williams, Matthew Hartsock and Noah Chambers all had a turn on the mound.

      Chambers led the Falcons bats with two RBI, scoring senior Isaiah Nelson in the first inning and Williams in the third inning. Nelson, Williams, Hartsock, Baxter and sophomore Liam Hart had one hit each.

      JDHS plays Sitka in a winners bracket game today. Sitka defeated Ketchikan a 10-8 on Wednesday.

      TMHS plays Ketchikan in an elimination game today, the winner of which plays another elimination game today against the loser of the JDHS/Sitka game.

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