The Falcons softball team had an answer every time the Kings plated a run through four innings.
Then came the knockout punch.
Ketchikan knocked in two in the fifth and 10 in the sixth to break open a tie game and send the Falcons to their third loss.
Sarah Clark and Chelsea Paulsen knocked in four runs apiece, and Faith Clark had three RBIs of her own as the Kings went on a late onslaught to bury the Falcons 16-4 on Thursday night at Melvin Park.
Pitcher Anna Bullock got touched up down the stretch. Cordero said she’s his staff, and despite the rough outing will continue to get his vote of confidence.
“She assured me she was feeling pretty well, and I trust her. She’s my main pitcher and I trust her 100 percent,” he said. “Hey, Ketchikan can hit. But we were in it. We were in it.”
Cordero said these type of games are difficult on his team, especially when the Falcons are hitting well throughout.
“That’s been our achilles (heel) so far this year,” he said. “We’ve stayed in games late, but then we just lose it. We were unable to get any more hits, and that’s unfortunate because we were hitting well before that.”
The offense was clicking early in the game. Ketchikan pushed across two runs in the first and third innings, only to have them answered by the Falcons in the bottom half of each frame.
Paulsen notched her first two RBIs of the game in the first, plating Clark and Chelsie Weihing, but the Falcons’ Jackie Mallinger and Madi Wells reached base before Michelle Manning knocked them both in to tie it up 2-2.
Weihing and Paulsen each scored again in the third on a Molly Royer base knock. But the Falcons answered back again as Mallinger and Megan Punongbuyan scored off another hit by Manning.
But then the wheels fell off.
“Hopefully we can respond to a game like this,” Cordero said. “We are going to find out who we are. We made some errors, and we have to cut down on those.
“You really do pay for errors.”