East Anchorage scored eight runs in the fifth inning to hand Kodiak a 14-11 loss in an American Legion AA league baseball game at Bartlett High School.
"We had some mental errors and everything snowballed from there," assistant coach Derek Clarkston said. "We had a great offensive game, but unfortunately the defense wasn't up to par."
Kodiak's defense didn't hold up in a game where the offense was clicking.
The Bears committed a season-high eight errors — the team only made nine errors in its opening four games — to go along with a pitching staff that hit three batters and walked nine.
Kodiak out-hit East 13-5, with Jon LeVan leading the way with two doubles, a triple and a single. Josiah Chya added three singles.
The Bears scored in all seven innings and held a 7-6 lead going into the bottom of the fifth.
East erased the deficit with an eight-run inning. The T-Birds sent 12 hitters to the plate against three Kodiak pitchers that combined to walk three and hit two batters during the inning.
Kodiak answered with three in the sixth to cut East's lead to 14-10.
LeVan then led off Kodiak's seventh with a triple and scored on an Austin Frick groundout to pull within 14-11.
The early part of Friday's game was a back-and-forth affair.
Kodiak scored a single run in the first three innings, but East scored a pair of runs in the opening two frames to take a 4-3 lead.
The Bears retook the lead with three runs in the fourth only to have the T-Birds tie the game with a two in their half of the fourth.
LeVan gave Kodiak its final lead of the game, 7-6, with a single in the fifth that scored Joe Schactler.
Sam Bennett absorbed the loss, giving up four hits in 4 2/3 innings. He walked five, hit two batters and struck out two.
Kodiak overcame a 4-0 deficit to defeat Bartlett, 6-5, in a non-league game Saturday at Bartlett High School.
Ryan Bezona pitched 3 2/3 innings of shutout relief to earn the victory. The right-hander allowed only one hit, while striking out four.
Kalen Willis allowed the leadoff hitter to reach on an infield single, but earned the save by retiring the next three batters.
"The pitchers did an excellent job of buying our offense time to get back in the game," Clarkston said.
Bennett led Kodiak's six-hit attack with a pair of singles.
Kodiak plated three in the third and tied the game in the fourth when courtesy runner Joey Mauer scored on a wild pitch.
Post 17 took a 6-4 lead in the fifth when Jon LeVan and Frankie Carlson scored on a Bartlett error.
Bartlett scored a run in the sixth off of Giovanni Martinez's only inning on the mound.
Kodiak (1-2 league, 3-3 overall), played a league doubleheader with Palmer late Sunday and finishes its road trip with a league game against Service on Monday.
T-BIRDS 14, BEARS 11
Kodiak 111 313 1 — 11 13 8
East 220 280 x — 14 4 3
Bennett, Pickett (5), Pace (5) and Chya. Schnellacher, Tanaka and Hayes.
RBI: Kodiak — Bennett, Mauer, Frick, LeVan 2, Chya, Bezona, Pace. East — Tosi 2, Schnellacher, Stinson, Barton. Triple: Kodiak — LeVan. Double: Kodiak — LeVan 2, Mauer. East — Tosi. Four hits: Kodiak — LeVan. Three hits: Kodiak — Chya.
Winning pitcher — Schnellacher (Struck out four, walked three). Losing pitcher — Bennett (Struck out two, walked five).
BEARS 6, GOLDEN BEARS 5
Kodiak 003 120 0 — 6 6 2
Bartlett 220 001 0 — 5 5 3
Norton, Bezona (2), Martinez (6), Willis (7) and Hocum. Breslin, Beckett (4), Wilkerson (4), Torres (4) and Cooper, Wilson (4).
RBI: Kodiak — Bennett, Willis, Pace. Bartlett — Torres, Hughes 3. Double: Kodiak — Martinez. Two hits: Kodiak — Bennett. Bartlett — Torres, Hughes.
Winning pitcher — Bezona (Struck out four, walked two). Losing pitcher — Torres (Struck out seven, walked two).