The Bears

Kodiak Post 17’s Hunter Williams pitches against South Anchorage in an American Legion baseball game June 8 at Baranof Field.

Kodiak Post 17’s tough stretch of games continued on Sunday in Anchorage. 

Squaring off against the state’s top American Legion baseball team this season, Kodiak was swept by Dimond in a league doubleheader, 11-1 and 10-5.

The Bears dropped to 1-7 league, 2-9 overall. Kodiak has started the season facing state powers South Anchorage, Kenai, Chugiak Service and Dimond, teams that have a combined 29-6 league record.

Dimond stayed perfect in league play, moving to 10-0 and remaining atop the eight-team American Division with 40 points. Kodiak and Service are tied for fourth with 11 points – four points are awarded for a win, two for a tie and one for playing.

Kodiak struck first in the opener, with Anders Hocum, who started the game with a single and moved to third on a Luke James single, scored on a Chase Good groundout.

That was all of the offense for Post 17 in the first game as Dimond pitcher Quinn Bates-Janico didn’t allow a hit over the next four frames.

Bates-Janico, who displayed a sweeping curve, struck out four and walked one in five innings.

Dimond broke the game open by scoring six runs with two outs in the third inning to take an 8-1 lead.

The pivotal point came when Kodiak starter Hunter Williams plunked Kobe Vanderwood with a 1-2 curveball to load the bases with two outs. Jack Dolan followed with a two-run double. 

Williams allowed eight runs on eight hits in 2 2/3 innings while striking out one and walking one.

Chase Good gave up three unearned runs in two innings. He allowed two hits, struck out two and walked two. 

Dimond closed out the game via the mercy rule with a three run fifth. 

In the nightcap, Dimond scored in five of the seven innings to earn the sweep.

James provided Kodiak a spark on offense, blasting two triples and scoring two runs.

After leading off the third with a triple, James scored on Jace Crall’s single to cut the deficit to 6-4. 

Dimond widened the gap in the fifth with three runs. 

Crall lasted only 1 1/3 innings, giving up five runs on four hits and four walks.

Ethan Booth kept Kodiak close by only allowing four runs over the next 3 1/3 innings. He fanned three, walked one and scattered six hits.

Good closed it out, allowing one run on three hits while striking out two in 2 1/3 innings.

Hocum, Good and Shaun Walton all drove in one run. 

Kodiak Post 17 closes out its nine-game, 12-day roadtrip with a doubleheader at Kenai on Monday. Look for results in Wednesday’s paper.

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