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KETCHIKAN (KDN) — There might not be ties in baseball — except during preseason.
Not even 48 hours after playing the Juneau-Douglas High School Crimson Bears, the Ketchikan High School Kings were back at it again against their Southeast Alaska rivals at Moller Park in Sitka on Saturday.
But after beating the Crimson Bears 11-6 on Thursday afternoon, Saturday morning’s contest ended in an 8-8 tie.
It was the first of a pair of ties for the Kings on Saturday, as they spun a double knot, and finished the preseason portion of their schedue with a 3-3 final against South Anchorage Saturday afternoon. The games were called because they were exhibition.
Despite the scores, Kayhi was able to battle, and rallied back to tie Juneau-Douglas.
Kayhi sported a different lineup during the front-end of its double-header. But the Kings didn’t skip a beat.
Although Kayhi fell behind, 6-0 in the top of the third inning, the Kings responded by cutting the deficit in half, in the bottom half of the third.
Kayhi’s Dylan Nedzwecky hit a single. And after Tyson Fousel worked a walk, Isaac Romano ripped a single that loaded the bases.
McKinley Hamilton reached on a fielder’s choice, which knocked in a run. And Devin Dalin hit a double, which scored Romano and Hamilton.
That started a turning of the tide, as Kayhi outscored Juneau-Douglas 8-2 in the final four and a half innings.
Kayhi scored its eight runs on seven hits.
The Kings’ 3-3 tie against South Anchorage was more of a back-and-forth affair. It was a rematch of last year’s state semifinal, in which South Anchorage won 5-2.
The Wolverines jumped out in front 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning. But Kayhi’s Gavin Salazar would rip an RBI single, scoring Brock King in the top of the third.
And in the top of the fourth inning, Hayden McGarrigan would score after Korbin Stack hit a single. And King would hit a triple, scoring Stack.
The 3-1 lead would evaporate in the bottom of the seventh, as the Wolverines would plate two of their own before the final out was tallied. Between their trips to Arizona and Sitka this spring, the Kings finish their preseason schedule 5-2-2.
Notes: The Kings will start their regular season when they host Petersburg High School this Friday and Saturday at Walker Field.
Both JV and varsity squads will play three games against the Vikings over the weekend.