The Ketchikan Post 3 American Legion baseball team opened its season last weekend, splitting a four-game series against Palmer Post 15 at Walker Field.
Each ball club won a league game and a non-league matchup, as Friday's and Sunday's non-league contests bookended Saturday's league doubleheader. The league games carry more weight in the season's overall standings.
Ketchikan won Friday's non-league game 16-15, and the second game of Saturday's twin bill, 9-6.
Palmer won the first league game on Saturday, 4-3, and Sunday's non-league matchup, 11-2.
Here are game recaps from last weekend:
FRIDAY, JUNE 10
KETCHIKAN 16, PALMER 15
Hayden Trudeau certainly made his last at-bat count on Friday night.
After going 0-for-4 in his first four at-bats, Ketchikan's utility player ripped a two-out single for a game-winning hit in the bottom of the seventh inning, driving in Ben Phillips, and Post 3 eeked out a 16-15 victory in the season opener.
Ketchikan's Jesse Loughman smacked a three-run home run in the bottom of the first inning. Colby Hanchey and Terik Brown also rounded the bags on Loughman's shot that put Post 3 on the board in the opening frame, and the high-scoring affair was off and running.
Post 3's Trevor Sayer also scored in the first inning, as Ketchikan plated four runs in the frame.
Hanchey crossed the dish again in the second inning, for Post 3's fifth run. He finished the game with four runs scored.
Ketchikan plated five runs in its share of the fourth. After Hanchey singled, Brown ripped a two-run home run, and Dylan Nedzwecky followed suit with an extra-base hit.
Nedzwecky's double was followed by back-to-back singles by Loughman and Sayer. Phillips also had an RBI in the frame.
Nedzwecky and Phillips both scored in the bottom of the sixth, and Ketchikan needed all four of its runs in the bottom of the seventh to claim its 16-15 victory in the series opener.
SATURDAY, JUNE 11
PALMER 4, KETCHIKAN 3
Just like Palmer Post 15 did the day before — scoring the same number of runs as its American Legion post number in a losing effort — Ketchikan Post 3 did the same on Saturday, as the first game of Saturday's twin bill fell in favor of Palmer, 4-3.
Ketchikan starting pitcher Jesse Loughman kept Post 3 in the ballgame, which turned into a pitcher's duel. But Post 3's lineup was unable to crack the scoreboard until the bottom of the sixth inning.
Three consecutive hits by Ketchikan's Dylan Nedzwecky, Loughman and Trevor Sayer put Ketchikan on the board in its share of the frame, as Nedzwecky crossed the dish for the team's first run.
Post 3 scored two more in the bottom of the seventh, as Chase Hanis and Colby Hanchey had back-to-back hits to leadoff the inning.
Hanis ripped a double and Hanchey knocked a single, and both scored in the frame. Ketchikan had the tying and go-ahead runs on base, but Palmer retired the third out to hang on to its 4-3 win.
SATURDAY, JUNE 11
KETCHIKAN 9, PALMER 6
Ketchikan played the visitor's role during the second game of Saturday's doubleheader at Walker Field. But batting in the top-half of each frame didn't deter Post 3, and Ketchikan won 9-6.
A seven-run third inning carried Ketchikan to its 9-6 win.
Highlighted by a three-run home run by Trevor Sayer, Post 3 scored its seven runs one right after the other. Sayer's shot also drove in Dylan Nedzwecky and Bubba Williams, and the home run was followed by three consecutive singles.
Ketchikan's Zach Hanchey, Ben Phillips and Chase Hanis all singled, and all three scored. Colby Hanchey was hit by a pitch, and also made his way around the bases, crossing the plate for the second time in the game.
Colby Hanchey, who was Ketchikan's starting pitcher, scored in the first inning. After leading off the game with a walk, he scored after a series of passed balls for the game's first run.
Williams walked and crossed the plate in the top of the sixth inning for Post 3's ninth run, after a pair of passed balls.
SUNDAY, JUNE 12
PALMER 11, KETCHIKAN 2
Landon Guggenmos put Palmer on the board in the first inning, smacking a home run, and Post 15 continued to roll in the series finale on Sunday, cruising to an 11-2 win in the non-league matchup over Post 3.
The first-inning homer was just one run, however, and Post 3 tied it up, 1-1, in its share of the frame.
Ketchikan leadoff hitter Colby Hanchey walked, and stole second base. He crossed the dish after Bubba Williams hit a single, tying the game, 1-1.
Ketchikan took a 2-1 lead in the second inning. Ben Phillips led off with a walk, and eventually scored in the frame. But Palmer tacked on three more runs in the third inning, and never looked back.
Post 15's 4-2 lead became 6-2 in the fourth inning, as Guggenmos hit a two-run home run — his second of the day — also scoring Bryant Marks.
Palmer plated another run in the sixth inning, and four more in the seventh for its 11-2 lead.
WHAT'S ON DECK?
Ketchikan Post 3 is scheduled to travel to Anchorage next week, and play a string of six games from June 20 to June 22.
Post 3 will match up against West Anchorage Post 1 at 4 p.m. on June 20, followed by a 6:30 p.m. game against Kenai Post 20.
Ketchikan and Bartlett Post 29 will go head-to-head at 4 p.m. on June 21, followed by a second matchup against West Anchorage Post 1 at 6:30 p.m.
Ketchikan and Wasilla Post 35 will play a doubleheader on June 22. First-pitch times are scheduled for 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
*All stats and name spellings for the game recaps are courtesy of the official scorebook.