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Lady Kings stay alive at state
The Lady Kings’ first baseman Dyllan Borer secures the final out in the Region V championship against Thunder Mountain High School on May 25 at Sitka’s Moller Park. Borer hit a two-run home run against Delta Junction High School to help keep Kayhi’s season alive on Friday. Photo by Klas Stolpe/Daily Sitka Sentinel

Daily News Sports Editor

The Ketchikan High School Lady Kings still have a route to the state championship — but it’s a long one.

Kayhi would have to win four consecutive games, beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday to become state champs.

Kayhi will play Homer High School, which they beat 11-7 during pool play on Thursday, to determine whether or not the Lady Kings continue.

After Kayhi dropped a heartbreaker against the Kodiak High School Lady Bears 10-8 on Friday at Cartee Fields in Anchorage, the Lady Kings battled Delta Junction High School to stay alive in the double-elimination tournament and keep their season alive.

Kayhi scored in every inning of the two-hour, nine-minute affair with Delta Junction. And at the end of contest, the Lady Kings were on top 14-10.

Both teams battled in the win-or-go-home game, as they combined for 24 runs.

The Lady Kings were helped along by a two-run home run by Dyllan Borer. It was her only hit of the game, but she knocked in three RBIs.

Kayhi’s Grace Clark also had three RBIs against Delta Junction. She was 2-for-5, with two runs scored. And Nyah Edenshaw was 4-for-4, with four runs scored.

The Lady Kings played a 2-hour, 20-minute marathon against Kodiak earlier on Friday.

Both teams scored four runs apiece in their share of the third inning. But the Lady Bears plated four more in the fourth.

Kayhi’s Mady Purcell ripped a pinch-hit triple in the top of the sixth inning, scoring Borer. The shot tied the game 8-8, but that was as close as Kayhi would get, as Kodiak scored its final two in the bottom half.

Game notes: In the top of the sixth inning against Kodiak, the Lady Kings weren’t awarded a run, even though Kodiak’s catcher blocked the plate, preventing a clear running lane for Purcell, who was trying score from third base.

Purcell was forced to slide head first into Kodiak’s catcher, and called out, ending the inning. By ASAA rule, the runner should have a clear running lane to avoid dangerous collisions.

Kayhi coach Kathleen Reno pleaded Kayhi’s case, but the home plate umpire didn’t overturn the call.

Win or lose

After the 10 a.m Saturday. game, Kayhi’s road to state title will be a 12:15 p.m. game in the state semifinal, followed by two state championship games.

A loss in any game would end the Lady Kings’ season.