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Jason Foxworthy at bat earlier in the season on The Rock.

Staff Report

KODIAK - Jason Foxworthy took a no-hitter into the fourth inning while Post 17’s offense continued to surge in a 12-7 victory over Bartlett at the Todd Ryan Memorial Tournament on Saturday in Wasilla.

The victory came a day after Kodiak opened the tournament with losses to Napoleon, Ohio, (15-4) and Palmer (6-4).

Kodiak played for third-place in the six-team tournament on Sunday (look for a recap of that game in Tuesday’s issue of the Kodiak Daily Mirror).

Foxworthy, a rising sophomore at Kodiak High School, didn’t allow a hit until the fourth inning Saturday and left the game after giving up six runs — two earned — on five hits in 4 2/3 innings. He fanned two and walked three.

Dylan Wynn gave up one run on three hits in two innings, while Jace Crall struck out the only batter he faced to finish the game. 

Wynn had plenty of cushion to work with as Post 17 slugged 12 hits and led 6-0 after the second inning.

Chase Good led the offensive onslaught, going  2 for 3 with three RBIs. In the sixth, he crushed an inside-the-park home run that took one bounce before hitting the centerfield fence 411 feet away from home plate. 

Jack Malloy went 2 for 4 with a double and two RBIs, while Khyler Kane drove in a run on a single. Anders Hocum, Nathan James and Gareth Jones each had two singles. Hunter Williams drove in a run on a double. 

Post 17 improved to 4-17-1 overall, 3-8 in league. 

The Bears finish a stretch of 10 games in eight days with league contests against South Anchorage today and Tuesday. Today’s game is at 6:30 p.m. at Taylor Young Field, while Tuesday’s game begins at noon at Bartlett High School. 

FRIDAY

Post 17 dropped its first two games in the Todd Ryan Memorial Tournament but it wasn’t for a lack of hitting.

The Bears crushed a combined 20 hits in losses to Napoleon and Palmer.

Against Napoleon — a program that has made two Legion World Series appearances and draws from five high schools, Kodiak collected 11 hits and trailed 3-2 after the first inning. 

The River Bandits, winners of the BP Invitational and the Bill Miller Big Fish Wood Bat Tournament, broke away with a seven-run third to grab a 12-2 lead.

Nathan James went 3 for 3 with and RBI, while Chase Good went 3 for 3 with an RBI double.

Hunter Williams was 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI. Gareth Jones also drove in a run, while Khyler Kane, Jace Crall and Jack Malloy singled.

Jones allowed 12 hits and 15 runs — 11 earned — in three innings while fanning one and walking five. Malakai Olson gave up two hits in two scoreless frames.

PALMER 6, KODIAK 4

Palmer broke a 4-all tie with a two-run sixth inning to squash Kodiak’s comeback attempt.

Down 4-1, the Bears scored two in the fifth and one in the sixth to even the score.

Anders Hocum led the charge, going 2 for 3 with two doubles and an RBI.

Crall also added a double, while Good went 2 for 4. 

Malloy banged out a single and drove in a run on a sac fly. James, Jones and Kane all had singles.

Good gave up four runs on nine hits in five innings while fanning five and walking two. He turned a double play in the fifth when he caught a bunt with the bases loaded and fired to third to double up the runner who left on the pitch.

Palmer took the lead for good in the sixth, scoring two runs on one hit and two walks off Crall.

THURSDAY

Post 17 spent Fourth of July in Chugiak and absorbed a 13-3 nonleague loss to the Mustangs.

Jace Crall went 2 for 3 and drove in a run, Jack Malloy hit a run-scoring single. Anders Hocum, Micah Bartel and Hunter Williams all had singles. 

Kodiak cycled through five pitchers: Foxworthy, Good, Williams, Jones and Hocum. They allowed 11 hits while walking eight and striking out three. 

WEDNESDAY

Kodiak 3, Service 1

A tremendous pitching performance from Micah Arndt helped Post 17 earn a 3-1 victory over Service in the second game of a doubleheader.

Service grabbed the opener 5-2.

Arndt, a crafty right-hander, was nearly unhittable on the warm afternoon day at Bartlett High School. He took a no-hitter into the sixth and lost it when a high popup to right field landed on the foul line in between a hustling Khyler Kane and Gareth Jones.

That was the only hit Arndt allowed while he struck out two and danced around seven walks. 

He got a little help from his buddies, too.

Chase Good made a nifty running play on a bunt at third, Jones snagged two challenging plays in right and two double plays were turned: one that ended the game. 

Kodiak squeezed across solo runs in the first, second and fourth innings.

Anders Hocum went 2 for 3 and scored the first run on a Jace Crall single.

Jones put Kodiak up 2-0 on a groundout that scored Nathan James. 

Leading 2-1, Good added an insurance run when he scored on a wild pitch.

Kodiak improved to 3-8 in league

SERVICE 5, KODIAK 2

In the opener, Service plated three in the third to take a 3-2 lead. 

Kodiak had base runners all game but stranded nine despite collecting eight hits.

Jack Malloy was the hard-luck loser, allowing only three hits in six innings. He fanned four and walked four. 

Crall went 2 for 4 with an RBI, while Hunter Williams went 2 for 3. Micah Bartel legged put a bunt and scored a run.

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