KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The Kayhi Lady Kings varsity softball squad played two time-shortened games on Thursday as the three-day Rally in the Valley softball tournament hosted by Colony High School got underway in Palmer.
Colony Lady Knights 3, Kayhi Lady Kings 0
The host Colony Lady Knights bested the Lady Kings 3-0 in their approximately 60-minute game at Colony Middle School on Thursday afternoon.
The game was scoreless until the top of the third inning when the Lady Knights plated all three of their runs. Colony’s runs came on a stolen base home, and two RBI singles, according to game information posted on the GameChanger website.
The game ended at the conclusion of the fourth inning. Due to the number of games per field per day, each game has a time limit of 65 minutes.
Kenzie Pahang was in the circle for Kayhi. She struck out six Colony batters, and gave up eight hits.
The Lady Kings recorded four hits, which included singles by Marley Lewis, Paige Boehlert, Shaelyn Mendoza and Maggie Boehlert. There were nine strikeouts and one walk by Kayhi batters.
Kayhi Lady Kings 16
Homer Lady Mariners 0
The Lady Kings wasted no time in jumping out to an early lead in the first inning against the Homer Lady Mariners.
Shaelyn Mendoza was hit by a pitch, reached third base on a single by Faith Easterly, then made it home on an RBI groundout by Hannah Moody. A single by Kenzie Pahang scored Easterly, and Pahang crossed the plate on a single by Marley Lewis.
The Lady Mariners went quietly in the first inning, and Kayhi resumed scoring in the top of the second inning.
This time it was Taylor Jackson arriving on base with a double to center field before arriving safely at third base on a passed ball. After Paige Boehlert was hit by a pitch, Jackson scored on another passed ball to lift the Lady Kings to a 4-0 lead.
Rylie Welk contributed with a single on an infield fly ball, and followed it up by stealing second base. Then Boehlert, who had stolen third base, stole home, as well. Welk followed her with a steal of third base.
After a walk by Mendoza, Easterly batted another single that scored both Welk and Mendoza. At that point, the Lady Kings were ahead 7-0 — and there were still no outs in the inning.
Hannah Moody reached base on a walk, and Pahang’s second single of the game scored courtesy runner Vienna Pahang. Easterly was tagged out trying to steal home, but Kayhi had an 8-0 lead for the rest of inning.
Homer couldn’t generate any offense in the bottom of the second inning, going three-up, three down on a groundout and two fly outs.
And then, the Lady Kings coninued scoring in the top of the third inning.
Jackson hit a single, and Boehlert reached first base on a fielder’s choice. An RBI groundout from Welk got Jackson across the plate.
Mendoza got a bunt single, Boehlert scored on a passed ball, and a double by Easterly sent Mendoza across the plate.
Whew. At that point, the score was 11-0 Kayhi with one out — but the Lady Kings still had some more offense at the ready.
Hannah Moody knocked a singled. Pahang hit an RBI groundout that scored Easterly. Marley Lewis got an RBI single that brought courtesy runner Vienna Pahang home. A single by Hailey Gilson scored Lewis. Jackson hit a double that allowed Gilson to reach home plate. Boehlert singled to get Jackson home.
By the time the top of the third inning was over, the Lady Kings were up 16-0.
Mylee Gray came in to relieve Hannah Moody in the circle for Kayhi in the bottom of the third inning. The Lady Mariners didn’t have much better luck against Gray. Kayhi got out of the inning in a hurry, and the game ended with the score at 16-0.
Kayhi notched 16 runs on 16 hits in the contest, recording 13 RBIs. There were two walks, and two strikeouts.
Jackson hit two doubles and a single. Easterly hit a double and a single. Pahang, Lewis and Welk each hit two singles, and Easterly, Mendoza, Moody, Gilson and Boehlert had one single apiece.
Moody pitched two innings, striking out one batter while allowing no hits and one walk.
Gray pitched one inning, recording two strikeouts and one walk.
The Lady Kings will have a busy day on Friday during the Rally in the Valley tournament. Kayhi is scheduled to play North Pole at 10 am.; West Valley at 2 p.m.; and Kenai at 4:40 p.m.