KODIAK - The Kodiak Little League junior softball all-star team nearly pulled off a gigantic upset in the opening game of the District I Finals Tournament on Friday in Anchorage.
However, the islanders were unable to cling to a late one-run lead and fell to state power and host Nunaka Valley 11-7.
Nunaka, coached by former Kodiak resident Dick Knowles, scored five runs in the sixth inning to seal the come-from-behind victory.
The outcome was a huge improvement from when these two teams met in pool play on Wednesday; Nunaka took that game 27-2. Kodiak lost
its other pool play game to Dimond-West 18-7.
Three of Kodiak’s first four hitters — Kyla Pineda, Lakeisha and Ashlyn Bolen — reached base and scored in the first inning to give the team a 3-2 lead on Friday.
Kodiak then used a four-run fourth inning to go up 7-4.
Pineda and Lakeisha both doubled and scored two runs, while Shanoah Spear, Hailee Wallace, Danica Howell and Emily Larson all singled.
Spear pitched for Kodiak, allowing 15 hits while striking out three.
Kodiak beat Dimond-West 15-10 in elimination play Sunday, putting them into the championship game against host Nunaka Valley today.
Check Tuesday’s issue for Sunday’s recap.