Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Thunder Mountain High School softball team shut out the visiting Sitka Wolves 10-0 in a run-shortened five inning win on Thursday at Dimond Park Field.
"We are happy with the win," Thunder Mountain coach Julie Herman said. "Our focus was to get the bats out and we did that."
Junior Aspen Kasper kept the Sitka hitters at bay through four innings and freshman Ashlyn Gates shut the cage doors for the final inning.
Kasper threw 52 pitches, 35 for strikes, and struck out two batters, walked one, and allowed five hits.
Gates threw 28 pitches, 14 for strikes, and struck out two and walked two.
"We also wanted to control the bases and catcher Sydney Strong demonstrated that by throwing out runners trying to steal," Herman said. "And our last main focus was to have solid field work. Our defense held strong last night. Several times we earned third outs while Sitka runners were still on base."
The Falcons scored a lone run in the bottom of the second inning when freshman Jack Lovejoy earned a walk, stole second, advanced to third on a single by freshman Kara Strong and scored on a Kasper single.
The onslaught of runs came in the bottom of the fourth inning as K. Strong scored on a single by junior Riley Harp, Kasper stole home, senior Avery Kriescher scored on senior Mariah Tanuvasa-Tuvaifale’s single, Harp scored on junior Sydney Strong’s single, Lovejoy was hit by a pitch scoring Gates, Tanuvasa-Tuvaifale stole home, S. Strong scored on a ground ball out by K. Strong, Kasper singled in Lovejoy and Harp singled in Kasper.
Freshman Jenna Dobson had two steals in the game.
"Jenna is ruthless on the bases," Herman said. "She is highly aware of the play and moves around the bases well. As a team things are clicking and we look stronger every day."
Harp and Kasper led the Falcons with two RBI apiece, Tanuvasa-Tuvaifale, S. Strong, Lovejoy and K. Strong one each.
Harp, K. Strong and Kasper had two hits each, Dobson, Tanuvasa-Tuvaifale, S. Strong and Kreischer one each.
Lovejoy and Kasper scored two runs apiece, Harp, Gates, Tanuvasa-Tuvaifale, S. Strong, K. Strong and Kreischer one each.
Gates earned three walks for the Falcons, Harp, Tanuvasa-Tuvaifale, S. Strong, Lovejoy, Kasper and Kreischer one each.
Kaleena Tucker led the Sitka Wolves with two hits, Grace Harang, Naia Nelson and Tamryn Suarez one each.
Morgan Feildpausch walked twice and Harang had one free pass. Adriana Denkiner took the loss on the mound.
The Wolves play the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears tonight at 7:30 p.m. (JV 5) on Melvin Park Field. JDHS will celebrate their senior players at 7 p.m.
On Saturday the Crimson Bears and Wolves play at 9 a.m. (TM JV vs Sitka JV 11) and the Wolves play the Falcons at 1 p.m.
Above: Thunder Mountain junior Aspen Kasper (34) pitches during the Falcons 10-0 win over the Sitka Wolves on Thursday at Dimond Park Fields. (Klas Stolpe) - Below: Thunder Mountain senior Avery Kreischer (16) is safe at second base during the Falcons 10-0 win over the Sitka Wolves on Thursday at Dimond Park Fields. (Klas Stolpe)