The Ketchikan High School Kings’ woes at the plate continued on Friday, as the Kings struggled to time pitches from Sitka High School’s Eman Barragan in the Region V tournament’s consolation game.
Barragan tallied 13 strike outs against Kayhi, including 11 through the first four innings. He walked just two Kings’ batters, as Sitka beat Kayhi 3-0 Friday afternoon in Sitka.
The Kings struck out 11 times against Juneau-Douglas High School in the tournament’s opening game on Thursday — a 4-0 loss for Kayhi.
The two losses bump Kayhi out of the Region V tournament, ultimately ending the Kings’ baseball season — a season that barely started before it was shut down because of the community’s risk level for the novel coronavirus.
Kayhi played a preseason round-robin in mid-April in Sitka, before officially opening the season on April 23-24 at Petersburg High School, although those were considered non-conference games.
Ketchikan’s struggle to contain COVID-19 brought Kayhi’s baseball season to an abrupt halt after the Kings’ trip to Petersburg in April. The Kings weren’t allowed to play another game until this week’s regional tournament.
Kayhi was supposed to host the Region V tournament this year, but that was moved to Sitka because of Ketchikan’s risk level for COVID-19. The Kings were allowed to travel to Sitka to participate, however.
Kayhi never played a home game this season.
The month off proved to wreak havoc with the Kings’ timing at the plate, while facing live pitching.
The Kings did bring the tying run to the plate in their share of the seventh inning against Sitka, however.
Kayhi’s Terik Brown worked a two-out walk, and Dylan Nedzwecky ripped a base hit to center field — his third hit of the game — bringing the tying run to the plate.
But that was as close as Kayhi got.
The Kings knocked six base hits in the game. Nedzwecky accounted for half of those.
Kayhi’s catcher started the game 2-for-2 before flying out to center field in his third at-bat. He finished the day 3-for-4 after his base hit in the seventh inning.
Seven players graduate
The Kings will graduate seven seniors this weekend.
Terik Brown, Tyler Slick, Josh Gentry, McKinley Hamilton, Hayden McGarrigan, Korbin Stack and Isaac Romano will all graduate.
Because of COVID-19, and the community’s continuous struggles with it, the group missed nearly all of its upperclass career to represent Ketchikan on the baseball field.