I’ll never play another home game for Ketchikan High School. Us seniors went out on a good note with a 6-3 win over Sitka. I’m glad that we won our final home game, because there are many people who will never see us play baseball again. It’s crazy to think that it was my last game at Walker Field.
In the first game of Friday’s double header, we piled on five runs in the first inning and I felt like that really set the tone for the game. We scored again in 2nd inning, and then in the 4th, Brock scored on a wild pitch to extend to lead to 7-0. Sitka scored in the sixth, but by then it was too late for them and we won 9-2
Game two was a little different. We made some mistakes in the first inning and Sitka had a 2-0 lead. Sitka then added another run in the third to extend their lead to 3-0. Our next time up, Gavin stoked a 2 RBI double in the gap to make it 3-2. Sitka then scored three runs in the fifth to make their lead to 6-2. After a play at home where Gavin was called out trying to score, coach Dan was thrown out of the game arguing the call. Though we lost one our coaches, I felt like ejection sparked a rally for us. We scored two more runs in 6th, but we eventually lost 6-5.
Senior night started with senior recognition at 11:30, and the game at noon. We scored two runs in the second inning, and two more in the third. Liam threw a complete game, and had 0 earned runs. We won 6-3.
The first regular season games start off against Thunder Mountain High School. Tonight
JV plays at 3 p.m and varsity plays at 6 p.m. (conference). Lady Kings varsity also plays Saturday at 3 p.m. (conference) and 6 p.m. (non-conference).
Sophomore Dyllan Borer believes they have enough confidence to take the win, but they just need to mentally prepare.
“Im looking forward to see how we play at home and as a team. The hardest thing for us is going to be our mental game,” said Borer. “We have to have confidence in ourselves that we can hit off strong pitchers. We can do it, we just have to wrap our head around it sometimes.”
Track and Field will host their first home meet this weekend. Coming off a strong performance in two Washington meets, the Kings are eager to get after it again. Senior Cristopher Carlson expects the boys to win again after winning the Stevenson meet in Washington. “I think we are going to win,” said Carlson. “The boys are just really strong again this year.”
Carlson also gives high praise to rookie Ivan Credito who competed well in his first two meets. “He is destroying his events in his first year,” said Carlson. “You can ask him to run any race and he will get top 3 easily.”
Last year stats
Thunder Mountain (145.5)
Thunder Mountain (186)
Juneau Douglas (86)
Boys soccer tied 1-1 against Homer last night and will play Juneau Douglas and Thunder Mountain over the weekend. After the Kings rough start (0-3), they are hopeful to turn their season around. Junior Sullivan Schulz said they are making adjustments to become more competitive.
“We have changed our lineup a little bit, and will continue to move things to make the team better,” said Schulz. ““We have started to realize that we need to take more opportunities when we have them, so our offense has started to take more shots.”
Kayhi varsity baseball will face Petersburg varsity and JV will face Sitka JV Friday and Saturday. Games will be held at Norman Walker Field.
Friday- JV @4:00 p.m., Varsity @7:00 p.m.
Saturday- JV @9:00 p.m. and 12:00 p.m., Varsity @4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
The Kayhi Baseball team will travel to Sitka Wednesday to play in a pre season tournament.
The Kings are coming off a 2-2 annual pre season trip to Arizona.
Senior Wyatt Barajas treats the pre season tournament as a chance to gauge teams bound for the state tournament.
“I like that we get an Anchorage team to come down and play,” said Barajas. “It gives us a solid opportunity to see how we match up against a team who took 2nd place in the state tournament last year.”
Barajas is committed to play baseball at Clackamas Community College next year alongside seniors Cody Kemble and Liam Kiffer.
Liam Kiffer is prepared to take on his senior year with college baseball in the near future.
“This season will be bittersweet for me and the other college bound guys,” said Kiffer. “It’s our last chance to take care of business at the highschool level, but we aren’t done with baseball just yet. The journey to state starts Thursday.”
Kayhi will face Juneau-Douglas Thursday at 4:30 @ Moller Park.
Kayhi baseball team kicked off their season this week at the Pride Classic in Phoenix, Arizona. The boys are 2-2 after their first four games of the season.
Senior Liam Kiffer said these games will help prepare them for their next games in Sitka on April 11.
“This was a good opportunity to shake off some rust for the actual season,” said Kiffer. “These games don’t count towards our record so it’s nice to be able to get some games under our belt where we can experiment and see what works before our actual conference games.”
Kayhi – 6
Niwot (CO) – 5
Kayhi – 8
McMinnville (OR) – 18
Kayhi – 4
Baker (OR) – 12
Kayhi – 10
Littleton (CO) – 9
The Kings are traveling to the state tournament in Anchorage today. Kayhi will battle West Valley from Fairbanks Thursday at 10 a.m.
Kayhi fell 15-0 to the Wolves Thursday. Sitka got on top early shutting the Kings down. Kayhi committed 8 errors.
The Kings rebounded and won two elimination games against Thunder Mountain (2-1) and Sitka (2-0) to reach the championship series.
Juneau shut the door on the Region V title hopes with an 11-1 win.
The Kings (11-1) travel to the Region V tournament in Sitka today. Kayhi has a first-round bye then will play the winner of Sitka and Petersburg Thursday at 6 p.m.
Head coach Andy Berntson said the Kings aren’t over looking regions.
“We know that despite the records, all of the teams are very equally balanced when at full strength, so the regular season doesn’t mean anything once the tournament starts,” said Berntson. “The regular season champion is not the regional champion, and that is our goal every year. Also, the regional champion earns our conference’s NO.1 seed in the state tournament, which can be very beneficial as well.”
Berntson emphasized that the key factor to this weekend is consistency.
“We need to focus on consistent play and execution, including throwing strikes and making the routine plays to stay out of big innings,” said Berntson. “Offensively, we need to take better advantage of our scoring opportunities and have more productive at bats.”