The Lady Kings had won just three games entering the regional tournament. Then things changed in a hurry. Here is a look at the 6-game winning streak that landed them in the state championship.
Situation: Juneau-Douglas opening game of Regions
- Trailed by 10 going into the 6th inning
- Scored 19, going on to win 26-13
Situation: Sitka in Region semi-final.
- Lost 4-3
- Won appeal on base runner not touching home plate
- Beat Sitka 8-7 the following morning
Situation: Delta Junction opening round of round robin
- Trailed Delta by 2 early
- Won 17-9
Situation: Homer in second round of round robin
Situation: First round of elimination games.
- Down 8-1 early
- Win 10-9 in 8 innings
Situation: Thunder Mountain in second round of elimination games
- Trailed 6-4
- Win on walk off homerun bottom of 7th with 2 outs.
The Lady Kings streak ended with 2 loses to Thunder Mountain but still brought home second place.
The Lady Kings season was dead until they had a big inning against Juneau-Douglas. Nineteen big runs put the team over the Bears. That wasn’t even the highlight of the day. The Lady kings went all seven with the Sitka Wolves and lost, but a challenge on a home run call overturned the loss and the Lady Kings won with a 7-6 score. With that win, the Lady Kings qualified for state and leave today for Fairbanks. Junior Payton Simmons said the win electrified the team after being down the night before.
“The team was disappointed because of the loss,” said Simmons. “After hearing the challenge was granted we had a whole new mindset for the game ahead. Knowing we had another shot at going to state the moral of our team was amazing, the energy changed and we kept our momentum up which won us the game.”
The Lady Kings will compete in the state finals starting Thursday playing Delta Junction.
The Lady Kings (3-9) will host the regional tournament this weekend. The Lady Kings will play the Thunder Mountain Falcons at 4 p.m. tonight. The last time the teams met, the Falcons outscored he Lady Kings 26-1. The Kings are also responsible for the Falcons only loss of the year, beating them 11-4 in April.
Junior Grace Clark is optimistic about playing TM again.
“I think that since we’ve beat them before, we can beat them again,” said Clark. “We’re coming in as the four seed but we know we can play with anyone.”
Senior Alex Boegler emphasized playing at home for her last season.
“I think it’s really awesome that my last regions will be at home,” said Boegler. “It’s nice to be able to play my last game as a Lady King in front of my town, with them in the stands supporting me.”
Boegler touched on the abilities of the team going into the tournament.
“I think the team will do great on our home turf, the other teams aren’t used to our field and it will be a shock to them to play in the rain. We are coming into this regions tournament ready to fight.”
The Lady Kings will play the Juneau-Douglas Bears tonight at 7. The teams split in their last meeting, yet the bears outscored the Kings 21-10 in their two games. Junior Grace Clark said that she expects to see some changes in the line up to get something rolling before regions.
“We’ve had a very up and down season this year,” said Clark. “ I feel as a team we haven’t found our groove. This weekend I hope we can change some stuff up and find it so we can play well for regions at home.”
The Lady Kings will play Thunder Mountain tomorrow and then play both teams again on Saturday.
Lady Kings softball (2-6) lost both conference games in Sitka over the weekend. Kayhi lost Friday 9-5, and Saturday 15- 2. Saturday Sitka scored five runs in the first inning, four in the second, and six more in the third in a mercy-rule shortened game.
Kayhi walked seven batters and gave up five hits. Ketchikan scored only two runs from RBI singles from freshman Jhaelah Schultz and fellow freshmen Dyllan Borer.
Schultz was disappointed in her team’s effort this weekend.
“Sitka is probably a more talented team, but I feel like we just gave up when times got hard,” Schultz said. “I think now were in midseason form physically but were still not all there mentally.”
The Lady Kings will play their final conference games in Juneau this weekend. Kayhi will play both JD and TM twice to finish off the regular season.
The Lady Kings softball team (2-4) will be facing off against the Sitka Wolves (2-4) tonight at 6:00, and tomorrow afternoon at 4:00 and 6:00. Kayhi went 1-2 with Sitka in their last series, with the losses being their two conference games of the weekend.
The Lady Kings will be traveling to Sitka to take on the Lady Wolves this weekend. Sitka outscored the Lady Kings 26-6 in their last matchup. Kayhi will play 6 p.m. Friday and a double header Saturday 4 and 6 p.m.
Junior Payton Simmons said she hopes for a better finish than the last games.
“We’ve been making adjustments in our play,” said Simmons. “I’m looking forward to the outcome after having a few more games under our belt.”