The Thunder Mountain softball team was looking to bounce back in a big way following a difficult loss to Palmer earlier in the day, but it’s a difficult proposition going up against the defending small schools state champion.
Sitka got consistent hitting and great pitching as it handled the Falcons 11-1 in five innings on Saturday evening at Melvin Park. The Wolves pushed across eight runs through the first three innings and never looked back.
While the game was not close, Thunder Mountain manager Jorge Cordero said he was pleased with the pitching performance of sophomore Devyn Kubley, who was able to keep the Wolves from getting the big inning the Falcons have been giving up recently.
“I was very happy with the pitching performance from Devyn,” he said. “She gave 100 percent, and we stayed in the game. She didn’t walk a lot of batters, and we made some plays.”
But Cordero said there’s not much a pitcher can do when a team is hitting the way Sitka did on Saturday. Every starter reached base for the Wolves at least once, and they took advantage of any passed balls or miscues on the part of the Falcons.
“They’re a good hitting team over there (in Sitka),” Cordero said. “We just can’t get many breaks. Girls are making great plays, but it just seems like we can’t get those breaks.”
The Falcons’ lone run came in the fifth when they needed to score in order to continue the game. Jeslie Villaverde reached on a single and advanced to second on a throwing error. Jacki Mallinger followed with another single and eventually stole second. Two batters later, Madi Wells grounded out to first base, but it was enough to drive in Villaverde. But Michelle Manning was unable to bring in Mallinger from third as she grounded out to the shortstop.