The last time Kenai Post 20’s Logan Smith was on the mound, he was part of a combined no-hitter against Dimond.
The right-hander was at it again on Thursday at a sun-soaked Baranof Field.
Smith, a 2018 graduate of Soldotna High School, tossed a two-hit complete game in an 11-0 victory over Kodiak Post 17 in an American Legion league game.
He fanned 10, walked three and didn’t allow a runner to reach third base during the seven-inning contest to help Kenai improve to 5-2 in league.
Smith and Mose Hayes combined to no-hit Dimond in a 5-0 last week.
“Their guy was on,” Post 17 manager Derek Clarkston said. “This is the third straight league game where we have faced a quality pitcher. We just need to find a way to bust out on offense.”
After sweeping East Anchorage, Post 17 has lost three straight league games to drop to 2-5 in league. The Bears’ five league losses have come to teams with a combined 19-5 league record.
“The first four weeks of the season have been a grind but it is only going to make us a better team moving forward,” Clarkston said.
Kenai — a program made up of players from Soldotna, Kenai and Homer high schools — scored 10 of its 11 runs with two outs and banged out 14 hits to go along with 10 walks.
The visitors struck for five runs in the second inning — all with two outs — to take the lead for good.
After singles from Tanner Ussing and Jacob Boze to start the inning, Post 17 pitcher Jack Malloy looked like he was going to wiggle out of trouble by striking out the next two hitters. However, a walk to No. 9 hitter Harrison Metz loaded the bases, which triggered an onslaught of six straight base hits.
Malloy lasted three innings, striking out four and giving up seven hits and walking three. All five runs were earned.
Hunter Williams allowed two runs on three hits in 2 1/3 innings, while Dylan Wynn surrendered four runs on three hits in 1 1/3 innings.
Hayes led Kenai’s hit barrage with three singles and two RBIs. Jeremy Kuferschmid, David Michael and Jacob Belger all drove in two runs apiece.
Kodiak’s best chance at getting to Smith was in the first inning.
Leading off, Nathan James reached on an error and moved to second on a single to center by Malloy. Smith escaped trouble by striking out the next two hitters and inducing a groundball for the third out.
Chase Good registered Kodiak’s only other hit, an infield single in the sixth inning.
Kenai scored 14 runs over the final two innings to deal Kodiak an 18-6 six-inning loss in the nonleague nightcap.
Good went 2-for-3 with a double and three RBIs, while Hunter Williams plated a pair of runs on a double. Gareth Jones drew a bases-loaded walk.
Leading 5-4 after four innings, Kodiak (2-11 overall) allowed nine runs in the fifth and five in the six.
Kenai pounded out 17 hits. Kupferschmid went 3-for-5 with two RBIs, while Michael went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.
Harold Ochea drove in three on a pair of doubles, while Seth Adkins also brought home three runs.
The two teams finish the four-game series today with a doubleheader that begins at 3 p.m.