One game into the baseball season — and only one hit allowed.
That was the pitching line for the Ketchikan High School Kings’ Hayden McGarrigan in Kayhi’s season opener on Thursday at Petersburg High School.
McGarrigan led the Kings to a 12-1 win, allowing just one run, on one hit, while striking out 12 Petersburg Vikings’ batters — one for every Kayhi run scored.
Oh — and he also went 3-for-4 at the plate, with a pair of singles and a double, and knocked in an RBI.
All in a day’s work.
McGarrigan tossed 84 pitches in five innings. The game ended after the bottom of the fifth because of the run-differential.
The Kings jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first.
Kayhi’s Terik Brown led off the game with a walk; then stole second base. McGarrigan drove in the first run of the game with a base hit one batter later.
It was nearly deja vu all over again for the Kings’ second run — minus the base on balls.
The Kings’ McKinley Hamilton hit a single, stole second, and then scored on a base hit by Korbin Stack.
The quick 2-0 lead gave McGarrigan some breathing room, as he settled into a rhythm of striking out the first six batters he faced.
The Kings plated two more runs in the top of the second, and four more in the top of the third inning. They also scored four in the fourth, giving themselves a dozen.
McGarrigan’s only blemish — if there was one — was a leadoff walk in the bottom of the third inning. Petersburg’s Brennen Skeek worked a full count before taking his free pass. He came around to score on a single by the Vikings’ Andrew Cole.
Skeek’s base on balls was one of only two McGarrigan allowed.
Kayhi’s Korbin Stack was 2-for-2 with two runs scored and two RBIs, and also walked twice.
Kayhi’s Jesse Loughman, Tyler Slick and Max Malouf also scored two runs apiece, and Josh Gentry had two RBIs, as well.
Loughman also had a pair of walks.
The Kings’ Luke Rauwolf and Bubba Williams each scored runs as courtesy runners on Thursday.
The Kings and Petersburg Vikings will go head-to-head twice more on Friday.
Kayhi and Petersburg have a twin bill with games scheduled for 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Both of the games will be broadcast on KTKN radio.
The Kings will return to Ketchikan in time for Saturday’s prom.