Kayhi Lady Kings Softball just announced their new head Coach Kalea Allen along with Alyesha Greenfield, Brooke Simmons, and Denis Parker. Allen said she is excited to coach a good group of girls this season and is ready to get after it and start the season.
“I’m most excited to have the same bulk of girls returning, we have a core group of girls that are determined to be the best they can be not only on the field but off the field,” said Allen.
Allen is also a personal trainer and has been training a group of girls since this summer.
“The girls have really taken initiative this year and have personally come to me asking about off season workouts and times for cages,” said Allen.
“It’s a big difference from last year where no one started practicing until after they had made the
Allen was the Lady Kings head JV coach last year along with her assistant Denis Parker. Allen had an almost perfect season last year with only one loss. Sophomore Hannah Moody played for Allen as a freshmen and said she really enjoyed having her as a coach because she knew how to have fun but also work us hard.
“She keeps our head in the game but also keeps it fun,” said Moody.
Allen is holding hut times for anyone who is interested in trying out this year. She said she is ready to get to work this season.
“I think we’re going to have a great season, everybody’s ready to go and excited to play this year,” said Allen.
Monday: 6:30-7:30 (Hitting)
Thursday: 7:30-9 (Pitching/Catching)
Friday: 6:30-7:30 (Hitting)
Saturday: 1:30-2:30 (Hitting)
The Lady Kings (6-6) went 0-2 this weekend against Sitka. With the win on Friday, Sitka (10-2) clinched a spot at the State Tournament.
“We pretty much gave Sitka the state bid,” senior Jenna Miller said. “We have been close all year, and we couldn’t get it done.”
Friday’s game didn’t go Kayhi’s way, and Sitka ran away with the game, winning 11-1.
Saturday looked good for Kayhi as they had a 7-1 lead early in the game. Sitka tallied four runs in the fourth to close the gap to 7-5. Kayhi carried the lead into the seventh, but couldn’t close it out, and lost 10-7.
“Last year we we’re in a similar situation,” Miller said. “I think we’ve grown as a team and realize that this weekend is really important to us.”
The Lady Kings split this weekend against the Lady Wolves in Sitka. Kayhi is the first team in Region V to defeat Sitka this season.
“This weekend was really important to us,” Senior Jenna Miller said. “I wish we would have won the first game, but it was good to beat them on Saturday.”
Breanna Gentry scored in the top of the first inning to give Kayhi a 1-0 lead. Sitka responded with two runs in the third inning to take the lead 2-1. Kayhi then scored another run in the fourth to tie things up at 2. The Lady Kings scored four more runs in the fifth to go ahead 6-2 and then Sitka tied things up in the fifth. In the sixth Kayhi fell apart defensively, and allowed Sitka to score nine runs, and the game was called due to run differential. Kayhi lost 15-6.
K. Hodges- 2-4
E. Rauwolf- 0-2
B. Gentry- 0-2
J. Miller- 0-3
G. Clark- 1-3, HR
J. Schultz- 2-3
L. Guevarra- 0-3
K. Bermudez- 1-3, 3B
D. Borer- 0-3
Kayhi turned the tables from the previous day, and came out of the gates on fire. The Lady Kings scored seven runs in the top of the first inning. Sitka came back with two runs in the bottom of the first, and then Kayhi scored three more in the second to take a 10-3 lead. Going into the fifth, Kayhi held a 10-6 lead, and added three more runs in the inning. Sitka scored a pair in the fifth inning, and Kayhi tacked on four more in the seventh to take a 17-8 lead. Sitka scored another run in the seventh, but fell short. Kayhi won 17-9.
N. Edenshaw- 2-2, 2R
K. Hodges- 3-4, 7 RBI
E. Rauwolf- 3-3
S. Mendoza- 1-2
B. Gentry- 0-2
J. Miller- 1-2, 4R
G. Clark- 2-4
L. Guevarra- 0-5
K. Bermudez- 0-4
D. Borer- 3-5, 2 RBI
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.
Boys soccer: 4-6 p.m. at Fawn Mountain.
Track and Field: Wednesday at Fawn Mountain.
Girls soccer: Wed- Fri, 3:30-5:30, at Fawn Mountain.
Baseball: Feb. 27th- Mar. 1st.
Wednesday- ALL 7:15 in the main gym.
Thursday- 3:00 – Grades 11-12 at the batting cage. 3:45- Grades 9-10 at the batting cage. Friday- 4:30pm mandatory parent meeting in the library.
Kayhi softball: Wednesday -Friday
Wednesday: 3:15-4:15 grades 11-12. 4:15-5:15 grades 9-10.
Thursday: 5:30-6:30 (11-12) 6:30-7:30 (9-10)
Friday (1st): 3:15-4:15 (11-12) 4:15-5:15 (9-10)
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.