Thunder Mountain finished off a four-game road swing Saturday with a 14-11 victory over host Petersburg after the Falcons dropped their first three games to Ketchikan.
“It was a strange game out of the chute,” TMHS co-manager Bill McCauley said of the Falcons’ win over the Vikings. “Every thing we did worked, and then we started helping them out with some errors and walks, and it was a game that was seemingly out of hand. But then Petersburg came back and tightened up until we got the last out.
“Certainly, getting a win is a confidence builder for the boys.”
The Falcons scored 11 runs in the of the first inning after struggling to score against Ketchikan in their previous three games.
TMHS led 11-4 after one, 11-7 after three and 12-7 after six before scoring two more in the top of the seventh to lead 14-7.
Petersburg cut into the lead with four runs in the bottom of the seventh before the Falcons closed the door.
TMHS finished with 14 runs on 10 hits and stranded eight more runners.
Petersburg scored 11 runs on six hits, stranding three.
Dylan Johnson picked up the win after pitching 3 1/3 innings in relief, giving up just one earned run on three hits with a walk and a strike out. Johnson three 42 strikes to just 13 balls.
Ketchikan 11, TMHS 2
Ketchikan picked up its third win in two days over Thunder Mountain with an 11-2 win Saturday morning.
The Kings had 14 hits to the Falcons’ 4, and TMHS stranded eight runners in what was a close, 5-2 game after five innings before Ketchikan added two runs in the sixth and four in the seventh.
Ben Bullock pitched 3 1/3 innings, giving up three hits and five walks while striking out two.
Jackson Pavitt gave up 11 hits and two walks in relief.
Ketchikan 10, TMHS 0
Thunder Mountain dropped its season opener 10-0 to Southeast Conference rival Ketchikan on Friday in Petersburg.
The Kings scored once in the first inning before batting around in the second, adding seven more runs for an 8-0 lead heading into the third.
The Falcons avoided being no-hit after Camden Thomas singled in the fifth inning when the TMHS was down to its last out. Dylan Johnson, Brett Underwood and Thomas combined to strike out five hitters and gave up just five hits, but the Falcons’ staff also gave up six walks and seven fielding errors proved costly.
Alex Williams drew a two-out walk in the first for the Kings, advanced to third on two passed balls and then went home on a Brien Auger single to left for a quick 1-0 lead for Ketchikan.
Zach Benhert struck out to start the second inning for Ketchikan, but Connor Fitzgerald doubled, Brady Groghan drove him in with a single before stealing second and Nick Silva reached base on an error while Groghan scored for a 2-0 lead. Silva stole second and Kenny Kamillon reached on an error, sending Silva to third. Jesse Lindgren popped out to second but Williams drew a walk to load the bases for Brien Auger, who reached on an error while Silva and Kamillon scored. Chas Allen reached on a fielder’s choice as Williams scored, and then Benhert reached on an error. Fitzgerald reached on an error, scoring both Auger and Allen for an 8-0 Ketchikan lead.
The Kings added a run in the third and fifth innings to put the 10-run mercy rule limit in effect after the fifth. Williams struck out five Falcons in five innings, giving just one hit and two walk.
Ketchikan 14, TMHS 3
In Friday’s nightcap, Ketchikan cruised to a 14-3 win in five innings after pounding out 13 hits and drawing six walks.
The Kings batted around in the first inning after scoring seven runs on six hits and two walks. Thunder Mountain scored its first runs on the season with three in the third to make it a 7-3 ball game.
Brian Mielke drew a leadoff walk, but was thrown out at second on a fielder’s choice as Dustin Rumfelt reached first. Rumfelt went to second on a passed ball and Ben Bullock drew a walk. Xavier Dunn scored Rumfelt with a single to up the middle, and Guss Swanton smacked a two-run double.
Ketchikan countered with four runs on four hits in the bottom of the third for an 11-3 lead, tacked on two more in the fourth, including a two-run home run to center by Jesse Lindgren, and one more in the fifth on an RBI double by Fitzgerald.
Swanton got the start for TMHS, giving up nine runs on nine hits and four walks, striking out one. Rumfelt gave up three runs on four hits and two walks with two punchouts in relief.
Kamillon gave up three runs on four hits and four walks with two strike outs in the start for Ketchikan, and Lindgren struck out three in relief, giving up just one hit and a walk.