The Thunder Mountain Falcons’ final game of their second season as a baseball program ended Friday morning in a 12-0 loss at the hands of the Ketchikan Kings.
Alex Williams’ fifth-inning grand slam helped Ketchikan reach the 10-run mercy rule as the Kings cruised to victory in Game 4 of the Region V Baseball Tournament at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.
TMHS managed just three hits off Ketchikan starter Brian Auger, as the Falcons were shutout for the second straight game.
The Kings struck for four runs in the bottom half of the first inning after Connor Fitzgerald reached on a sharp single to left, Williams followed with an infield single off pitcher Dylan Johnson’s glove, and Brian Auger put the Kings on the board with a two-run double to right-center.
Kenny Hamilton drove in Auger with a double over the right fielder’s head to extend the lead and two batters later, Colton Paulson singled up the middle to score Hamilton, giving Ketchikan an early 4-0 lead.
Gus Swanton drew a walk to lead off the second inning, and Chatham Miller followed with a sharp line drive just over the shortstop’s reach for what appeared to be the Falcons’ first hit of the game. But the Ketchikan center fielder corralled the ball and alertly threw Swanton out at second base to put an end to the threat.
Auger led off the bottom of the third with a single to left and took second baseafter the ball was misplayed by the left fielder. He scored on a sacrifice fly to right-center off the bat of Chas Allen, pushing the lead to five in favor of the Kings.
Ketchikan tacked on three more in the fourth as Nik Silva led off the inning with a double down the left-field line, and Jesse Lindgren reached on an error to score Silva before advancing to second on the throw. Lindgren later scored on a wild pitch to give Ketchikan a seven-run cushion. Auger singled up the middle for his third hit of the game, and then scored on a Hamilton double to deep center, making it an 8-0 ball game.
Camden Thomas led off the fifth inning with a bloop single down the right-field line, but a 4-6-3 double play put an end to any late inning rally.
Ketchikan tacked on four more in the fifth to reach the 10-run mercy rule, as Williams connected with a grand slam over the left-field fence to end the game, and the Falcons’ season.
Auger, who finished 3-for-3 at the plate with two runs batted in and three runs scored, also fired five shutout innings, racking up four strike outs, to pick up the win.