Falcons Get Dirty in Softball-Packed Weekend

    Thunder Mountain High School senior Riley Harp returns to center field after getting dirty on a line drive catch for an out against Ketchikan on Saturday. (Klas Stolpe/KINY)

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Thunder Mountain High School senior Riley Harp dove to catch a line drive in centerfield, laid out to stop a ground ball at shortstop and slid into second base when the throw was close -- all in a span of two innings during the Falcons 5-0 win over Sitka on Saturday. 

      “Getting dirty,” Harp said. “Just working so hard to catch every single ball. Nothing hits the ground here. That’s all I’ve got to say.”

      TMHS took sole possession of first place in the Southeast Conference over the weekend, winning three of four games against Ketchikan and Sitka. The Falcons are now 8-2, Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé 6-4, Ketchikan 6-4 and Sitka 0-10.

      TMHS defeated Sitka 15-9 on Friday, Ketchikan 15-10 Saturday morning and Sitka 5-0 Saturday afternoon. The Falcons had defeated Kayhi 4-2 on Thursday.

      In Friday’s win over Sitka, Falcons sophomore Jenna Dobson went 3-3 with one run batted in and three runs scored and sophomore Jack Lovejoy went 2-4 with three RBI and scored two runs. Seniors Anne-Alese Rentrop and Tyler Johnson had two RBI and Harp, senior Rileyanna Payne, and sophomore Ashlyn Gates one each. Payne had three hits, senior Sydney Strong and Johnson two apiece, Rentrop, Harp and Gates one each. Rentrop, Strong, Payne and Johnson had two runs each, Harp and Gates one each.

      Harp went 5.1 innings in the circle, allowed eight hits and eight runs, struck out two hitters and walked two. Gates went 1.2 innings, allowed three hits and struck out two.

      TMHS fell to Kayhi 15-10 Saturday morning.

      Lovejoy had three RBI, sophomore Kara Strong two, Harp and S. Strong one each. S. Strong, Payne, Gates and Lovejoy had two hits each, Dobson, Harp and K. Strong one each. Payne, Gates and freshman Bryanna Eakes scored two runs each, Dobson, Harp, S. Strong and K. Strong one each.

      Harp, Lovejoy and Gates shared the mound for the Falcons. Kayhi’s Hannah Moody went seven innings for the win, allowed 11 hits, 10 runs, struck out four and walked three. Moody also hit one home run and teammate Faith Easterly went 4-5 with five RBI and scored two runs.

      In Saturday’s finale over Sitka, the Falcons scored two runs in the first inning as Dobson and Harp singled, Dobson scored on an error and Lovejoy singled in Harp. TMHS added two runs in the third inning as S. Strong doubled in Lovejoy and K. Strong singled in sophomore Aliza Mesdag. Lovejoy singled in Dobson for the Falcons 5-0 final.

      Lovejoy had two RBI, S. Strong and K. Strong one apiece. Harp and Lovejoy had three hits apiece, Dobson two, S. Strong, Payne, K. Strong, Gates and Johnson one each. Dobson scored two runs, Harp, Lovejoy and Mesdag one each.

      Payne went the six innings in the circle, allowed 10 hits and struck out two.


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