Khyler Kane

Khyler Kane relieved Scott Larionoff of his pitching duties in the eighth inning. Kane also had a single in Post 17’s 5-4 win over Bartlett.

During the high school baseball season, Scott Larionoff seldom took the mound. When he did, it was only for a few innings.

That is why even he was surprised with his masterful performance against Bartlett on the Fourth of July in Anchorage.

Larionoff, a recent Kodiak High School graduate, put an end to Post 17’s eight-game losing skid by spinning seven strong innings in the Bears’ 5-4 nine-inning league win.

The right-hander, who started playing baseball a year ago, surrendered two early runs before stringing four scoreless frames together and leaving the game after seven innings with a 3-2 lead. 

He fanned six hitters, walked four and scattered six hits. 

Larionoff also helped himself out at the plate, going 2 for 4 with two RBIs. 

The game got dicey after Larionoff exited. 

Khyler Kane pitched a scoreless eighth but got into trouble in the ninth. 

Bartlett’s first two hitters reached on a walk and single, and scored on passed balls to trim Kodiak’s lead to 5-4.

After a one-out walk to Bryce Williams, Nathan James relieved Kane. 

Williams promptly stole second but was  thrown out attempting to get to third on a passed ball.

James walked the next two hitters before getting Chad Beals to foul out to first baseman Chase Good to end the game. 

Good went 2 for 4 with two RBIs, while Gareth Jones roped a run-scoring single in the fifth that tied the game at two. 

Kodiak took the lead for good the next inning when Larionoff scored from second on a Luke James sacrifice fly. 

The Bears added two runs in the eighth on RBI singles from Larionoff and Good.

Nathan James and Khyler Kane added singles. 

Kodiak (2-6 league, 2-10 overall) passed Bartlett (1-9) in the standings and moved up to seventh in the eight-team National Division with 14 points. 

The two teams play at 6:30 p.m. today in a seven-inning league contest.

Post 17 finishes its seven-game road trip against Palmer on Friday and West Anchorage on Saturday.

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