The Thunder Mountain High School baseball team finished their season at the Region V championships in a tight 4-1 loss against the Ketchikan Kings.
“It was a tough way to end the season,” TMHS coach Matt Greely said. “I thought our guys played really hard this year. It certainly was not for lack of effort today.”
Patrick Millay started on the mound for the Falcons and kept Kayhi off the bases for two innings.
The Falcons took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning. Senior Cam Thomas reached first base on a hard ground ball error. With two outs, Thomas scored on a line drive double by classmate Chatham Miller.
Ketchikan responded with a run on two Falcons errors to knot the score in the bottom of the second.
The Kings batters found themselves walked and hit by pitches to load the bases in the last of the third.
With two outs Millay worked Kayhi’s Nick Silva to a strike away from getting out of the inning. Silva connected on a pitch to lift a grand slam for a 5-1 advantage.
“Patrick threw fine,” Greely said. “He just made a pitch that the guy got just enough to hit a fly ball that left the yard.”
The score would hold through the final four innings, as the Falcons could not get a rally started. Dylan Johnson came on in relief in the third to finish the game on the mound.
“He threw great,” Greely said. “He kept the ball down and gave us the chance to win. We just didn’t get a rally going.”
The Kings followed Saturday’s early win with a 4-1 victory over the number one seeded Sitka Wolves in the second-place game. Ketchikan will travel to the state tournament as the number-two seed from southeast.
“It was a tough way to go out,” Greely said. “Looking back on our season we made a lot of great strides with the program. As tough as this loss is we feel good about the progress we made. Obviously we are not happy with the way our season ended but we do feel good about how the team played over the course of the year.”