TMHS Softball Sweep Kodiak Diamond

    The Thunder Mountain High School Falcons softball team pose after their final win against the Kodiak Bears at Kodiak on Saturday. (photo courtesy TMHS)

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Thunder Mountain High School softball team swept Kodiak on the road, winning 16-4, 10-1, 18-10 and 15-6 in their second week of traveling softball action in the season.

      “Our hitting was on point,” Thunder Mountain coach Barb Strong said. “The girls were really working hard and attacking the ball… Jack Lovejoy got her first two home runs ever…she’s fast and she can slap and, apparently has lots of power…”

      Strong said Thunder Mountain performed well on the base paths.

      “They were aggressive,” she said. “And they were smart about it…”

      The Falcons also showed a strong defensive pressure.

      “Jenna Dobson had a really hot glove this weekend as did Rileyanna Payne at third,” Coach Strong noted.

      In the Falcons 16-4 win on Wednesday, Lovejoy, a sophomore, went 4-5 at the plate with five runs batted in and two runs scored; Dobson, a sophomore, had three hits, three RBI, and two RS; senior Riley Harp three hits, two RS; senior Tyler Johnson three  hits and three RS; senior Sydney Strong two hits and two RS; senior Anne-Alese Rentrop and sophomore Ashlyn Gates two RBI and two RS apiece; senior Rileyanna Payne one RBI and one RS; and sophomore Kara Strong one RBI. Payne earned four strikeouts in the circle pitching the entire six innings.

      In Thursday’s 10-1 win Harp went the five innings in the circle and worked nine strikeouts while allowing just four hits. S. Strong went 3-3 with four RBI and two RS to lead the Falcons bats. Harp and Johnson had two RBI apiece; Harp had three hits; Rentrop, Dobson scored two runs; Lovejoy had one RBI and one RS.

      In Friday’s 18-10 win Rentrop, Harp and Payneled with  had three RBI apiece; Lovejoy led with three hits; and Harp Payne and K. Strong led with three RS apiece. Lovejoy started in the circle, going two innings with five hits and 10 runs while striking out one and walking seven. Gates relieved for two innings and held the Bears hitless and struck out four and walking one.

      In Saturday’s 15-6 win Harp went the entire five innings in the circle allowing six hits and six runs while striking out six and walking five.

      Harp and Payne led with three RBI apiece; Lovejoy, Harp, Payne and Rentrop led with three hits each; and Lovejoy and Rentrop led with three RS. Lovejoy and Rentrop had two RBI apiece, and Dobson, S. Strong, Johnson and Gates one each. S. Strong and Johnson had two hits apiece, and Dobson, K. Strong and Gates one each.

      Coach Strong commented on the value of playing teams from outside the Region V conference.

      “They let us see something that is outside Southeast,” she said. “They are still in our state but we get to see someone that we might see if we make it to the state tournament. And it is always fun to see new kids play. I think our kids know all of the Southeast teams, so just to get a glimpse of maybe what is to come is a great opportunity… we have a list of things we want to work on which is always great so we can make some corrections before we go into the conference play… we got an opportunity to move people around into different positions and find what we like and now we need to work on some of those mechanics…”

      The Falcons travel to Ketchikan this weekend for Southeast Conference play against the Lady Kings.

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