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Dorcas Eleanor Dunmire, 78, died on Aug. 9, 2019, in Ketchikan. She was born Dorcas Eleanor Wesley on Sept. 15, 1940, in Metlakatla.
Kayhi splits games with JD, TM
The Lady Kings’ Grace Clark is hit by a Kyra Jenkins Hayes pitch in the top of the second inning on Saturday in Juneau. Kayhi lost to Thunder Mountain High School in extra innings, 9-7. Photo by Klas Stolpe/Daily Sitka Sentinel

Daily News Sports Editor

The Ketchikan High School Lady Kings knew they had their work cut out for them this week in Juneau — playing four games in three days.

And after finishing the stretch with two wins and two losses, if there’s anything the Lady Kings can take away from the games dropped — it’s that they were in each of them until the very end, literally.

Kayhi lost both games against Thunder Mountain High School in walk-off fashion. The latest sting came in the form of a walk-off home run in extra innings on Saturday. Thunder Mountain won 9-7.

Kayhi battled back to push the game into extra innings, and tied at six Kayhi grabbed a 7-6 lead in the top of the eighth inning.

Breanna Gentry scored on an RBI single from Jenna Miller to give the Lady Kings the lead — and nudge them three outs away from a conference win.

But Thunder Mountain struck back in the bottom half. And the Lady Falcons’ Rileyanna Payne hit a game-winning two-run homer over the left field fence.

The outcome was reminiscent of Friday’s game, when Thunder Mountain won 10-9 in walk-off fashion over Kayhi.

Despite the late-inning woes against the Lady Falcons, the Lady Kings didn’t seem to have any problem against Juneau-Douglas High School. And Kayhi won both games against the Lady Crimson Bears.

After winning Thursday’s conference game 13-0, the Lady Kings plated 13 more against the Lady Crimson Bears on Saturday morning. And Kayhi cruised to a 13-3 win.

Kayhi’s Kiara Hodges had five RBIs, going 2-for-3, with two runs scored. And both Dyllan Borer and Kayloni Bermudez had three RBIs apiece in victory.

It was Kayhi’s third time in its last five games, that the Lady Kings have plated at least a baker’s dozen of runs.

Notes: The Lady Kings will host the Sitka High School Lady Wolves on May 17-18. The two teams split their two conference games on May 3-4.

Sitka won the three-game series, however, after claiming the non-conference matchup in a 90-minute time-limit game, 14-8.

It will be Sitka’s first visit to Dudley Field since last season’s Region V tournament.

The Lady Kings are 5-4 in conference competition this season.

JV Lady Kings take care of business

The JV Lady Kings swept their two games against Juneau-Douglas and Thunder Mountain on Saturday.

Kayhi beat the JV Lady Crimson Bears 11-3 Saturday morning. And the JV Lady Kings exploded for 23 runs against the JV Lady Falcons, winning 23-5 on Saturday afternoon.

With back-to-back victories, the JV Lady Kings finish the weekend in Juneau, going 3-1 in their four games.

Their lone hiccup came against Thunder Mountain, in the form of a 4-3 final on Friday. The game was called due to a time limit.

Kayhi beat Juneau-Douglas’ JV team on Thursday, 10-1.