Thunder Mountain Baseball Splits Conference Games with Visiting Sitka

    Sitka base runner Eman Barragan dives safely back to first base as Thunder Mountain's Josh Carte waits for the pick off attempt by pitcher Isaiah Nelson on Saturday. (Klas Stolpe)

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Thunder Mountain Falcons baseball team won one and lost two in a conference series with the visiting Sitka Wolves on Saturday at Adair Kennedy Field, winning the opener 9-8 and falling in the night cap 14-1. The Falcons also lost 6-4 on Friday to the Wolves.

      Falcons’ junior Peyton Lewis came up big in the Saturday win, going 3-4 at the plate with three RBI.

      Lewis hit a two-out single into center field in the bottom of the seventh inning, scoring senior Josh Rosenbruch for the game-winning run.

      “I am happy with some of the improvements the boys have made,” Thunder Mountain coach Joe Tompkins said. “Sitka is always tough and scrappy.”

      Rosenbruch had two RBI in the game, junior Noah Chambers one. Rosenbruch and Chambers had two hits apiece and junior Preston Williams, senior Oliver Mendoza, senior Josh Carte and freshman Kasen Ludeman had one hit each. Junior Isiah Nelson, Mendoza, Rosenbruch and Carte each scored two runs, Williams one.

      Nelson started on the mound and went 4.1 innings, allowing seven hits and six runs while striking out three and walking two. Mendoza relieved for 2.2 innings and allowed just one hit and two runs while striking out three and walking four.

      Thunder Mountain jumped to an early 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning as Nelson reached on an error and scored on a Williams triple. Williams would score on a passed ball. Rosenbruch reached on a single and scored on a Lewis triple.

      Sitka tied the game with runs in the third and fourth innings, and the Falcons scored a run in the bottom of the fourth when Carte was hit by a pitch leading off and two outs later came home on a Chambers double.

      Sitka put four runs on the board in the top of the fifth and the Falcons rallied back to tie the score, 7-7, as Nelson walked and scored on a single by Mendoza, Rosenbruch hit a fielder’s choice scoring Mendoza, and Lewis singled in Carte.

      Sitka took a one-run lead, 8-7, in the top of the seventh, setting the stage for Lewis’ heroics.

      With one out in the bottom of the seventh, Mendoza was hit by a pitch and Rosenbruch doubled him home.

      After a strikeout, Lewis took one pitch for a ball and then laced a line drive to center that allowed Rosenbruch to hustle around the corner and score for the win.

      In the 14-1 second game loss on Saturday, Nelson scored the lone run by leading off in the bottom of the first and reaching on an error, advancing on a Williams’ single and scoring on a single by Mendoza. Carte and Lewis also had singles in the game.

      In Friday’s 6-4 loss, Mendoza had one RBI and two hits; Rosenbruch, Lewis and Ludeman had one hit each; Nelson scored two runs, Mendoza and Lewis one apiece; Mendoza and freshman Kaeden Quinto had two walks apiece, Nelson, Rosenbruch and Lewis one each.

      The Falcons next play at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Adair Kennedy Field against the Juneau-Douglas for the Crimson Bears senior appreciation. The teams then face each other at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Adair Kennedy for the Falcons senior appreciation game.

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