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By JOE JUDD
Daily News Sports Editor
KETCHIKAN — The Ketchikan Junior League softball team finished its trip to Anchorage in the 2017 state softball tournament without a win and dropped its final of three games against Nunaka Valley by a final score of 18-0 on Wednesday evening at A.O.R Field.
Ketchikan entered this year’s state tournament as the District 2 region champion after neither Juneau nor Sitka was unable to field an all-star team, resulting in a default championship for the Ketchikan team.
Due to the limited number of teams available to participate in the tournament, Nunaka Valley was Ketchikan’s only opponent going into the state tournament this year. Jaat Haana Timmerman started the game for Ketchikan and lasted four and two-thirds of an inning, striking out a pair of hitters in the process.
Ketchikan had three hits in the loss and committed three errors defensively. Nunaka Valley pounded 19 hits in its third victory of the tournament.
Wednesday’s loss was the team’s second defeat of the day after it fell 12-1 earlier in the afternoon.
In the pitcher’s circle, Hannah Moody struck out four Nunaka Valley batters over five innings pitched in the losing effort for Ketchikan. She threw 20 first-pitch strikes.
Ketchikan’s lone run of the game came in the bottom of the third inning. As a team, Ketchikan reached base via base hits seven times.
Ketchikan began play in the state tournament by losing its first game of the tournament by a score of 19-6 on Tuesday afternoon.
Nunaka Valley opened the scoring by pushing seven runs across in the top of the first inning and Ketchikan responded by scoring four runs of its own.
The deficit expanded with five Nunaka Valley runs in the top of the third inning and six runs in the top of the fifth inning, ending the game via the 10-run mercy rule. Each of the three tournament games ended with the mercy rule, which says a game will come to an end when a team maintains a lead of 10 runs or more through five innings of play.