Falcons Softball Girls to ‘Strong’ for Crimson Bears

    Thunder Mountain High School senior Sydney Strong connects during the Falcons 12-6 win over the Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé Crimson Bears, Friday, at Melvin Park Field. (Klas Stolpe/KINY)

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Thunder Mountain High School softball senior Sydney Strong put a home run over the deepest part of the Melvin Park Field chain link fence in the top of the seventh inning on Friday during the Falcons 12-6 win over the Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé Crimson Bears.

      The blast was one of three on the night for the Falcons.

      The first came in the top of the second inning as S. Strong earned a walk and sophomore sister Kara Strong found a spot in the trees past left field for a 2-1 lead - JDHS had scored the first run of the came in the first inning as junior Anna Dale tripled in junior courtesy runner Bailey Hansen.

      The second Falcons dinger was a lead off left field deposit by senior Riley Harp for a 3-1 lead.

    TMHS added two more runs in the top of the fourth on a triple from sophomore Jenna Dobson scoring classmate Ashlyn Gates, and Harp singled in Dobson.

      TMHS put a 6-1 lead on the scoreboard in the fifth inning as sophomore Jack Lovejoy singled in senior Rileyanna Payne.

      JDHS made a comeback in the bottom half of the fifth with a solo home run by Crimson Bears sophomore Tristan Oliva, a double by Dale that scored sophomore Chloe Casperson and junior Mariah Schauwecker, and a double by sophomore Mila Hargrave that scored freshman Milina Mazon and cut the Falcons lead to 6-5

      The TMHS six-run seventh inning began with K. Strong rapping a single, Gates adding a one-out single, a double by Lovejoy scoring freshman Brianna Eakes, an Anne-Alese Rentrop single loading the bases, a Dobson single scoring Gates, a ground ball by Harp that outed Lovejoy at home, and S. Strong clearing the bases with a grand slam.

      JDHS put a final run across in the bottom half of the seventh as Chloe Casperson hit a one-out double to center field, advanced on a Schauwecker ground out and scored on a single by Dale.

      S. Strong led the Falcons with four RBI, Dobson, Harp, K. Strong and Lovejoy had two each. Harp, K. Strong, Gates and Lovejoy had three hits each, Dobson, S. Strong and Payne two each, and Rentrop one. Dobson, Harp, S. Strong and Gates scored two runs, Rentrop, Payne, K. Strong and Eakes one each.

      Dale led JDHS with three hits and four RBI. Oliva and Hargrave had one RBI apiece. Casperson two hits, Oliva and Hargrave one apiece. Casperson scored two runs, Oliva, Schauwecker, Mazon and Hansen one each.

      Lovejoy started in the circle for TMHS, going 6.1 innings with three hits and two runs allowed, and striking out one batter and walking three. Gates relived for two outs, and allowed four hits and four runs, struck out two and walked one.

       Schauwecker started for JDHS, allowing seven hits and five runs, striking out five and walking two. Sophomore Kiah Yadao relieved for three innings, allowing 12 hits and seven runs, and striking out four.

      TMHS will host JDHS today at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on the Dimond Park Fields.

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