Southeast Sea and Air 4, R&M Engineering 2
Senior Division — Baseball
KETCHIKAN (KDN) — It’s not often that a baseball game in Ketchikan is called because of rain. Players in the First City are accustomed to tracking a fly ball or swinging for the fences with the wind and the rain in their face.
But after four and a half innings of a continuous heavy downpour on Thursday, Ketchikan Little League called the Senior Division ball game between R&M Engineering and Southeast Sea and Air due to the weather. SEAS won 4-2.
R&M jumped out in front first. Conor Pearson led off the game with a walk. After stealing both second and third base, Pearson scored when Kiko Paule put the ball in play.
SEAS plated a run in its share of the first inning, as well, tying the game 1-1. Ryder Criscola scored after leading off the bottom half with a single to center field, and then proceeded to manufacture his own run, stealing second, third and home.
After Criscola reached base, R&M starting pitcher Ridge Summers sat down SEAS’ No. 2, 3 and 4 hitters, striking all three out. Summers recorded six strike outs in his two innings of work, allowing just the one hit to Criscola.
SEAS would score another run in the bottom of the second inning, as Hayden Trudeau crossed the dish to give SEAS a 2-1 lead. Trudeau was hit by a pitch, and after stealing second and third, scored on a passed ball.
R&M tied it up, 2-2, in the top half of the fourth.
SEAS’ Colby Hanchey retired the first two batters, with a groundout and strike out. But R&M’s Simon King started a two-out rally, reaching base on an error, and eventually scored.
Axl Schomaker followed King’s at-bat with a base hit to left field, and after a walk to Ethan Kershaw, Tasene Plummer ripped a single to right field, scoring King.
SEAS’ Trevor Sayer and Caelan O’Brien both scored the go-ahead runs in the bottom of the fourth, giving SEAS’ its 4-2 lead.
Sayer led off the inning with a single, and after a pair of ground outs to the shortstop, O’Brien reached base on an error.
After stealing both second and third, O’Brien scored SEAS’ fourth run on a passed ball. SEAS’ David Demello also recorded a base hit in the frame, but was left stranded at second base.
Hanchey, who started the game at shortstop for SEAS, pitched in relief of Chase Hanis. Hanchey was awarded the win after sitting down R&M’s hitters 1-2-3 in top of the fifth inning. He needed just six pitches to close out the game in the frame. He tossed 36 in his outing, after relieving Hanis in the fourth inning.
Hanis threw 42 pitches through the first three innings, striking out six R&M batters.
Summers threw 43 pitches in his outing, and was relieved by Paule in the third inning.
*Names and stats courtesy of KLL coaches.