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By SPENCER GLEASON
Daily News Sports Editor
It still might be preseason, but the Ketchikan High School Kings are in mid-season form.
After scoring 11 runs on Thursday in an 11-6 win over Juneau-Douglas High School, the Kings hit double figures again on Friday — this time plating 21 runs in two games on 21 hits.
Kayhi beat Thunder Mountain High School 10-3 Friday morning at Moller Park in Sitka, smacking 11 hits. The Kings followed that performance with a 10-hit, 11-2 win over Sitka High School.
“It’s starts with pitching,” Kayhi coach Andy Berntson said. “Hayden (McGarrigan) started (against Thunder Mountain), and threw a good game. Then Gavin (Salazar) came in afterward.
“Wyatt (Barajas) started the second game, and he pitched really well,” he continued. “There was a lot of hitting, and our defense made the plays.”
McGarrigan tossed five innings, allowing just one run. Of his 83 pitches, 51 were strikes.
Salazar and McGarrigan combined to strike out five Falcons. But they also let their defense do the work.
The Kings were nearly flawless in the field, committing just one error against Thunder Mountain.
McGarrigan’s day didn’t end on the mound, as he also went 3-for-3 at the plate.
Kayhi’s damage came up and down the lineup. The Kings’ first five batters — Brock King, Liam Kiffer, Barajas, Cody Kemble and Salazar — combined for eight RBIs and six runs scored.
King, who tallied two RBIs, was 2-for-4 at the plate, scored a pair of runs and knocked a triple — one of five extra-base hits against the Falcons.
Barajas hit two doubles. Azariah Schultz and Devin Dalin also hit doubles.
The Kings had five extra-base hits against Sitka, as well. Kiffer, Barajas, Kemble, Salazar all hit doubles, with Barajas again hitting two.
Barajas tossed four innings of shutout ball against the Wolves. And just like McGarrigan, Barajas was around the plate, as 56% of his pitches were strikes.
Korbin Stack relieved Barajas, and threw two innings. Two Wolves did score, but neither run was earned. Of Stack’s 35 pitches, 24 were strikes.
“Korbin did real well,” Berntson said. “He got some good time with (Ketchikan’s American Legion team) this (past) summer, and logged a lot of time against varsity players.”
Stack was on Kayhi’s JV squad last season.
“It’s confidence,” Berntson said.
Notes: The Kings will play two more games on Saturday, before returning home on Sunday. Kayhi will play South Anchorage High School at 11:30 a.m., and Juneau-Douglas at 4:30 p.m.
The games will be the Kings’ fourth and fifth within a 48-hour span.
Saturday’s game against South Anchorage will be a rematch of last year’s state semifinal game, in which the Wolverines beat Kayhi 5-2.
“South is always one of the top squads out of Anchorage,” Berntson said. ‘It’ll be good competition.”
The Kings will officially begin the regular season next weekend when they host Petersburg High School at Walker Field. It will be one of only two home series Kayhi has this year.