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Ketchikan drops series opener 6-1
Ketchikan Post 3 center fielder CJ Jasper slides into Chugiak Post 33 second baseman Micah Cassezza on Thursday at Walker Field. Ketchikan lost the non-conference game 6-1. Staff photo by Dustin Safranek

KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Offense was hard to come by on Thursday for the Ketchikan Post 3 ball club.

The Alaska American Legion team only recorded one hit against Chugiak Post 33 — a first-inning single by CJ Jasper — and dropped the series opener 6-1 at Walker Field on Thursday evening.

Ketchikan scored its lone run in the bottom of the third inning. Terik Brown scored on an errant throw by Chugiak’s third baseman Bill Smith. And, at the time, the run brought Post 3 within two, 3-1.

But Chugiak would score three more before the final out was recorded, winning the non-conference game.

The two ball clubs will play a doubleheader on Friday, with both games considered conference competition.

Game 1 is set to begin at 4 p.m. Game 2 is slated for 7 p.m.

Saturday’s matinee will be non-conference, with first pitch scheduled for 2 p.m.

Despite the lack of tallies, offensively, Post 3 ripped several hard-hit balls to the outfield.

Ketchikan’s Vinny Trujillo ripped a pair of hard liners to the outfield, but Chugiak was able to make the grab. And Tyler Slick ripped a shot up the middle in the seventh inning that was snagged by Chugiak’s second baseman Sam Hall.

The non-conference game gave Post 3 opportunity to position its players in different locations throughout the field.

Ketchikan had three different catchers. Liam Kiffer started behind the plate, followed by Tug Olson and Wyatt Barajas.

McKinley Hamilton started on the mound for Ketchikan, tossing three innings. He struck out five in his outing. And Slick relieved Hamilton midway through the fourth inning, allowing just two earned runs.

Ketchikan committed three errors, leading to Chugiak crossing home plate. But Ketchikan will set its players in their normal positions on Friday.

Chugiak entered the four-game series atop the National Division, at 4-1 in conference games. Ketchikan is in the middle of the pack of the American Division, with a 1-1 record in conference competition.

Post 3 plays all of its home games this season in June. All of its games in July will be played in Anchorage.