Falcons Sandlot Boys Honor Seniors in Weekend Play

    Thunder Mountain High School senior Preston Williams hugs parents Shawn and Crissy during the Falcons Senior Appreciation Night, Friday, at Adair Kennedy Field. (Klas Stolpe/KINY)

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Thunder Mountain High School Falcons baseball team wrapped up their Ketchikan series on Adair Kennedy Field on Friday, with an extra inning win and senior night honors. The Falcons won two games and lost one in the three game series.

      After Thursday’s 10-9 win, the Falcons faced an emotional senior night on Friday and their lead-up game to the festivities was a fan favorite.

      Ketchikan scored the first run of the game in the opening inning as Bubba Williams hit a one-out single and scored on a two-out ground ball hit by Jesse Loughman.

      TMHS struck back in the bottom half as seniors Isaiah Nelson and Preston Williams earned walks and sophomore Kasen Ludeman singled to load the bases.

      Senior Noah Chambers hit a one-out single to score Nelson and junior Rory Hayes drew a two-out walk scoring Williams for a 2-1 lead.

      The Falcons added a run in the bottom of the second as Nelson hit a one-out single to left field and scored on a two-out single by Ludeman for a 3-1 lead.

    Ketchikan tied the game in the top of the seventh as Trevor Sayer hit a one-out, Chase Hanis walked and Williams grounded out scoring Sayer. Dylan Nedzwecky singled to score Hanis for the 3-3 score.

      Ketchikan found their final run in the top of the ninth inning as Williams hit a one-out single and scored on a Nedzwecky ground ball that was misplayed in the field giving Kayhi the 4-3 lead.

     TMHS sophomore Liam Hart tripled to open the bottom half of the ninth and senior Matthew Hartsock singled him home. Hartsock stole second and got on base help with a walk to Nelson. Hartsock was caught on a steal at third base but a passed ball allowed Nelson to take his place and Ludeman hit a walk-off single scoring Nelson to end the game. 

      Ludeman was 3-5 with two runs batted in to lead the Falcons and Hartsock was 2-3 with one RBI. Williams pitched eight innings, allowed nine hits and three runs, and struck out two hitters and walked two. Chambers relieved for one inning, allowed one hit and one run, and struck out one.

      Ludeman was carried off the field on his teammates' shoulders as a preview of senior night.

      Seniors Chambers, Hartsock, Williams, Nelson, Peyton Lewis, Grant Lathrop and Mason Jacobs and their families were celebrated before the nightcap game.

      In the final contest of the series, Ketchikan scored two runs in the first inning and never trailed, adding five more in the second, two in the fifth, one in the sixth and four in the seventh.

      TMHS’ Nelson singled and scored on a Ludeman single in the first inning. Williams earned a walk in the third inning and scored on a single by sophomore Kaeden Quinto. Lewis was hit by a pitch in the fourth inning, was sacrificed to second by Hartsock, stole third and scored on a Jacobs ground ball out. The Falcons final run came in the sixth inning as Quinto earned a walk and scored on a Jacobs ground ball that was misplayed in the infield by Kayhi.

      Ludeman led the Falcons with a 2-3 night, including one RBI and one run scored. Quinto, Hayes and Jacobs had one RBI each.

      Lewis went four innings, allowed eight hits and nine runs, and struck out five and walked five. Jacobs relieved for two innings, allowed one run and struck out two and walked one. Quinto pitched two outs, allowed four runs, struck out one and walked two. Hayes pitched an out and allowed one hit.


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