Thunder Mountain Baseball Team Floods Petersburg on Senior Night

    Thunder Mountain coach Joe Tompkins and senior Oliver Mendoza embrace before the Falcons senior appreciation game against Petersburg on Saturday. (Klas Stolpe/KINY)

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - It took two days, but the Thunder Mountain Falcons baseball team earned a senior night win, 16-5, over the visiting Petersburg Vikings at Adair Kennedy Field on Sunday.

      Falcons senior night ceremonies went off as planned on Saturday with Josh Carte, Tyler Halverson, Oliver Mendoza and Josh Rosenbruch being honored.

      When the game began as the second of a double-header, rain concerns forced play to be stopped in the first inning with Petersburg leading 3-2 and Thunder Mountain’s two runs coming on throwing errors.

      Play resumed Sunday from that point, which included Mendoza on second base. Rosenbruch doubled Mendoza in to tie the score, Carte reached on an error to score Rosenbruch, and Carte stole second and scored on a ground out by sophomore Rory Hayes for a 5-3 advantage and the Falcons were never threatened again.

      Falcons junior Isaiah Nelson won the run-shortened game in five innings, allowing nine hits and five runs while striking out five.

      Falcons bats had no problem against the Vikings pitching as Carte and Hayes had three RBI apiece, freshman Kaeden Quinto had two, and Nelson, Rosenbruch, sophomore Tyler Womack and freshman Kasen Ludeman one each. Womack, Mendoza, Rosenbruch, junior Noah Chambers and Hayes had two hits each and Carte, Ludeman and Quinto one each. Carte scored three times, and Nelson, Mendoza, Rosenbruch, Chambers and Hayes scored twice each.

      Petersburg’s Jack Engell had a home run in the top of the fifth for the final Vikings run, and Andrew Cole led with four RBI and three hits. The Vikings went through three pitchers in the loss, including Engell, Kyle Biggers and Michael Durkin.

      Thunder Mountain also won on Saturday 6-2 and 9-7 on Friday.

      Junior Preston Williams pitched the early Saturday seven-inning game with 104 pitches and struck out 11 and walked one.

      Nelson, Mendoza, Rosenbruch and Chambers had one RBI each. Nelson, Mendoza, Rosenbruch, Chambers and Quinto had one hit each. Williams and Rosenbruch scored two runs and Quinto one.

      Rosenbruch and Chambers shared the mound in the Friday win.

      Rosenbruch threw 3.1 innings, allowed seven hits and six runs, and struck out eight and walked three. Chambers went 3.2 innings, allowed two hits and one run and struck out six and walked two.

      Mendoza had three RBI, Nelson and Chambers had two apiece and Quinto and Williams each had one. Nelson, Mendoza, Chambers and Williams had two hits each and Rosenbruch, Ludeman, Carte and freshman Liam Hart had one each. Nelson scored three runs, Hart two, and Mendoza, Rosenbruch, Chambers and Carte one each.

      The Falcons next play in the Region V Tournament, which runs Thursday through Saturday, on Sitka’s Moller Field.


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