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Allen, Kings bomb Falcons

Posted: May 5, 2011 - 9:29pm
Thunder Mountain freshman pitcher Gus Swanton delivers a pitch Thursday against Ketchikan. The Kings routed the Falcons 13-0 in five innings.    Shaun T. Cox / Juneau Empire
Shaun T. Cox / Juneau Empire
Thunder Mountain freshman pitcher Gus Swanton delivers a pitch Thursday against Ketchikan. The Kings routed the Falcons 13-0 in five innings.

Chas Allen homered, drove in three runs and pitched five innings of five-hit, shutout baseball to propel Ketchikan to a 13-0 win over Thunder Mountain on Thursday in a Southeast Conference baseball tilt at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

Allen struck out six — including the side in the third inning — and kept Thunder Mountain’s bats at bay while helping his own cause on the hill with a 2-for-4 performance at the plate, including a two-run homer in the second and an RBI single in the third.

“I felt like I could have thrown better on the mound. I felt like I gave up too many hits,” Allen said. “But overall, it was a good game for us.”

The Kings got on the board in the second after Connor Fitzgerald reached on an error. Allen stepped up and jumped all over the first offering from Swanton, sending a shot into the trees over the fence in left for a two-run jack and a 2-0 Ketchikan lead after an inning and a half.

The Kings added two more runs in the third. Lindgren doubled to the fence in center, went to third on a groundout and scored on a bloop double on the left-field line by Alex Williams. Williams took third on a single by Brien Auger to put runners at the corners with one out, and Allen picked up his third RBI with a two-out single to left as Ketchikan took a 4-0 lead into the bottom of the third.

The Falcons got two men on in the bottom of the inning, but Allen struck out the side to end the threat with no damage done.

“(Allen) threw the ball well,” TMHS co-manager Matt Greely said. “We didn’t do a good enough job making adjustments, and it’s tough when they keep tacking on runs to do some of the things we do on offense.”

Ketchikan then added a run in the top of the fourth when Kenny Hamilton scored Colton Paulsen with a sacrifice fly to right for a 5-0 lead for the Kings.

Thunder Mountain threatened in the bottom of the fourth with three straight two-out singles to load the bases, but Allen struck out pinch hitter Anies Sadeghi on three straight pitches to work out of the jam.

The Kings then chased Swanton in the fifth after adding four more runs on four hits and a walk. Fitzgerald reached on a fielder’s choice and scored on a double to left by Zach Reinhardt, who went to third on a single by Paulsen before scoring on a single by Nick Silva. Paulsen then scored from second on an error in left, and Silva went all the way to third before scoring on a double by Jesse Lindgren.

Dunn then took the mound and walked Hamilton and gave up an RBI single to Williams. Auger was then hit by a pitch, and Fitzgerald smacked a two-run double for the Kings final two runs.

TMHS (3-6) faces Juneau-Douglas at 3 p.m. Saturday at Adair-Kennedy.

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