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Failure isn’t bad when it turns out to be helpful.

It’s Year 2 for the Ketchikan (Silver) Salmon Derby.

Dorcas Eleanor Dunmire, 78, died on Aug. 9, 2019, in Ketchikan. She was born Dorcas Eleanor Wesley on Sept. 15, 1940, in Metlakatla.
Lady Kings lose a heartbreaker, 10-9
The Lady Kings’ Jenna Miller sends the ball back to the infield on April 19 during a 10-5 win against Thunder Mountain High School at Dudley Field. Miller hit a double, and had an RBI, despite the Lady Kings losing 10-9 against Thunder Mountain on Friday. Staff photo by Dustin Safranek

Daily News Sports Editor

For the first three innings, the Ketchikan High School Lady Kings were in a pitcher’s duel against Thunder Mountain High School. And Kayloni Bermudez was holding her own, striking out six of the first nine Lady Falcons she faced.

But the offense for both Kayhi and Thunder Mountain broke through in the fourth inning. And 19 runs were scored in the final four frames.

Unfortunately, for the Lady Kings, Kayhi was on the wrong end of 10-9 final.

Thunder Mountain won in walk-off fashion in the bottom of the seventh.

Bermudez finished the game with seven strike outs in her five innings of work.

The Lady Kings’ Savannah McLaren scored the first of her two runs in the fourth inning, breaking the scoreless ball game. Kayhi scored four runs in the fourth. Shaelynn Mendoza, Grace Clark and Maddalynn Vierra also scored.

But Thunder Mountain responded in the bottom half of the fourth, plating two runs. And from there the back-and-forth affair continued. Each team scored in every ensuing half-frame, except Kayhi’s share of the sixth inning.

The loss drops Kayhi’s record to 10-5, overall. And they are 5-3 in conference games.

Notes: The Lady Kings have two games scheduled for Saturday. First pitch against Juneau-Douglas High School is slated for 11 a.m. And Kayhi will have another crack against Thunder Mountain at 4 p.m. Both games are considered conference competition.

JV Lady Kings drop game against TMHS 4-3

The JV Lady Kings dropped their game against Thunder Mountain’s JV team on Friday, 4-3. The game ended due to the time limit.

The JV Lady Kings will play two more games on Saturday. They’re scheduled for a 9 a.m. first pitch against Juneau-Douglas High School.

And Kayhi’s JV squad will close out the weekend in a rematch against Thunder Mountain at 2 p.m.