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By SPENCER GLEASON
Daily News Sports Editor
The Ketchikan High School Kings started their three-game series against the Crimson Bears out with a bang on Friday night.
After a lead-off single off the bat from Brock King, the Kings’ Liam Kiffer hit a home run. And Wyatt Barajas followed Kiffer’s shot with one of his own.
It marks the second time this year the Kings have gone back-to-back. Kiffer and Barajas accomplished the feat against Thunder Mountain High School on May 3.
The two home runs gave the Kings a 3-0 lead. And Kayhi beat Juneau-Douglas High School 7-2.
For both Kiffer and Barajas, the home runs were their only hits of the game. Kayhi’s Gavin Salazar recorded the Kings’ only multi-hit performance, going 2-for-4.
Kayhi scored its seven runs on seven hits.
Barajas tossed the full seven innings against the Crimson Bears. He struck out seven, and was consistently around the strike zone. Of Barajas’ 111 pitches, 62 were strikes.
Despite two Crimson Bears scoring, neither run was earned.
Kayhi plated two more runs in the second inning. Azariah Schultz led off with a double. Terik Brown, who courtesy ran for Kayhi’s catcher, came around to score on a wild pitch.
And Kristian Pihl, who reached safely on an bunt single, scored on a Juneau-Douglas error.
Kiffer and Cody Kemble scored the Kings’ sixth and seventh runs on defensive miscues by the Crimson Bears in the seventh inning.
Notes: Friday’s back-to-back jacks are the fifth and sixth home runs for the Kings in past four games. And all six long balls have come off the bats of Kiffer and Barajas.
The duo went back-to-back against Thunder Mountain in Game 1 of a double-header on May 3, and Barajas hit another one later that same game. Kayhi won 5-1.
Kiffer rocketed another home run in Game 2. And the Kings won 13-3.
JV Kings beat Juneau-Douglas 12-2
The JV Kings scored in five different innings, and cruised to a 12-2 win over the JV Crimson Bears on Friday.
Kayhi’s Jesse Loughman was 4-for-5 with a run scored. Terik Brown and McKinley Hamilton also had multi-hit days, as each had a pair of base knocks. Brown also scored four runs.
Josh Gentry started for the JV Kings, but just threw in the first inning. Hamilton took over in the second frame. But Gentry did his part, and recorded all three outs via the strike out in the bottom of the first inning.
Hamilton also struck out a pair in his one inning of work.
Overall, the JV Kings used six pitchers, and combined to strike out 10 JV Crimson Bears batters.