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.