Kings protect the plate

Posted: Friday, May 21, 2010

Thunder Mountain got six hits but was only able to push one runner across the plate Thursday against Ketchikan, while the Kings scored early and often in taking a 13-1 Southeast Conference road win at Melvin Park.

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Shaun T. Cox / Juneau Empire

TMHS showed much improvement defensively since the last time the Falcons were in town, but the key is getting more timely hitting and making the easy plays in the field.

"That's been our problem. We haven't been able to put a string of hits together to be able to score some runs," manager Jorge Cordero said. "That's really been our downfall, but we've seen improvements.

"We're getting better and better every game, and we've got to eliminate those little mistakes," he continued. "The pop flies, the easy plays, we're not making them. We've got to try to correct that problem."

The Kings put up two quick runs in the first inning after Faith Clark drew a walk, stole second and went to third after Haley Wright reached on an error. An RBI groundout by Becca Green plated Ketchikan's first run, and Wright eventually scored on an error.

Chelsie Weihing drew a walk, stole two bases and scored on an error to push the Kings ahead 3-0 before the Falcons got on the board in the bottom of the second.

Kimmy Laboca hit a two-out double, and Casey Hansen followed with an RBI single to center to make it 3-1, Kings, after two.

TMHS threatened in the bottom of the third after leadoff singles by Darian Musielak and Jacki Mallinger. Devyn Kubley then blooped a single to right, but Musielak was nailed at the plate for the second out, and Michelle Mann grounded out to end the inning.

The Kings went on to add four insurance runs in the fourth after batting around, and then tacking on another in the fifth to take an 8-1 lead before putting up six more runs in the sixth to set the final score.

The game was not without highlights for Thunder Mountain.

Musielak made a couple of nice grabs out in center field, diving to catch a fly ball in the first inning before making a tough across-the-body grab of a deep fly ball in the second.

And Jacki Mallinger was steady, recording four put outs at short without an error while reaching base three times off a walk and two hits.

"We're working on it," Mallinger said of the team's struggles to score runs. "We got some hits together, but we still need to keep working on that and our fielding."

Falcons get first win

Thunder Mountain picked up the first win in school history last weekend, 13-11 over Eagle River.

Madi Wells also had another Thunder Mountain first, hitting a home run in the fourth Inning.

The Flacons are back in action today at 6 p.m. in a rematch against the Kings at Melvin Park.

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