Paige Boehlert wasn’t going to let the Thunder Mountain High School Lady Falcons score another run.
As Ketchikan High School hung on to a slim 6-5 lead in the top of the seventh inning of the Region V tournament game, the Lady Kings’ catcher was bound and determined to keep the Lady Falcons’ runners on the corners at bay.
After every pitch to Thunder Mountain’s fifth batter of the inning, Boehlert popped out from behind the plate, eyeing the Lady Falcons’ at first and third.
With two outs, she was looking to snap a throw to one of the bags for the game’s final play.
And that’s exactly what she did.
Boehlert caught Thunder Mountain’s runner on third drifting too far down the line, and zipped a throw to Kayhi third baseman Dyllan Borer for the final out, as Borer’s tag beat the slide.
With that, the Lady Kings beat Thunder Mountain 6-5, in 6.5 innings, and advanced to the Region V semifinal against Juneau-Douglas High School in Juneau on Friday. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.
It was the Lady Kings’ first game in nearly a month. They hosted Thunder Mountain on April 23-24, sweeping that three-game series, but weren’t able to play a game since then due to the community’s risk level for the novel coronavirus.
The game’s final out wasn’t the only one Boehlert nailed down from behind the plate. She also threw out a Lady Falcons’ base runner, trying to steal second for the second out in the seventh inning.
Lady Kings’ starting pitcher Hannah Moody was able to work her way out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of the third inning, keeping the game scoreless at the time.
Kayhi used that momentum from Moody to tally three runs in the bottom half of the third, and from there the see-saw battle began.
Kayhi’s Lyla Seludo led off the third inning with a single into left field, and Boehlert followed that with a double into right-center field, putting runners at second and third for Rylie Welk.
Welk bunted a pitch back to Thunder Mountian’s pitcher, but was safe at first base after an errant throw, and the play allowed Seludo to score — for the game’s first run.
A couple batters later, Borer ripped a two-out double to the right field wall, plating both Welk and Nyah Edenshaw — who reached base on a fielder’s choice — giving Kayhi a 3-0 lead.
Thunder Mountain returned the favor in the next half inning, plating three of its own, and the Lady Kings responded with another three-run fourth inning, to take a 6-3 lead.
Thunder Mountain plated a pair in the top of the fifth, making it 6-5. But Kayhi’s Kenzie Pahang came in relief of Moody, and shut the door the rest of the way.
The Lady Kings’ Region V semifinal game against Juneau-Douglas will be livestreamed on the Thunder Mountain Falcons’ Facebook page — www.facebook.com/tmhsfalcons. First pitch is slated for 2 p.m.