Post 17

Kodiak Post 17’s Jace Crall hits the ball during a recent American Legion baseball game at Baranof Field – the team suffered a 9-0 league loss to Post 33 (Chugiak) on Sunday.

After a wake-up call at 6 a.m. and a three-hour drive to Chugiak, Kodiak Post 17 displayed signs of fatigue in a 9-0 league loss to Post 33 on Sunday.

The Bears dropped to 0-4 in league, 1-6 overall. The combined records of the three teams Kodiak has opened the season against - South Anchorage, Kenai and Chugiak - is 14-4. 

Despite the winless league mark, Kodiak has suffered a pair of one-run defeats to South (5-1) and led Kenai 4-0 (5-0).

Sunday's game was the first non-competitive affair of the season for Post 17. The Bears woke up early to make the drive from Kenai to Chugiak. 

Chugiak (4-3) stung Kodiak starter Hunter Williams with five runs in the opening frame.

That was more than enough for Mustangs' starter Garrett Nevells, who needed only 78 pitches to navigate through seven innings. The right-hander scattered four hits, fanned five and walked one. 

His only near blemish came in the sixth, when he pegged Anders Hocum and gave up back-to-back singles to Nathan James and Chase Good. 

Nevells preserved the shutout by getting Luke James to roll into a 6-4-3 double play. 

Catcher Nathan James accounted for two of Kodiak's four hits, and gunned down a pair of base runners. 

Jace Crall had Kodiak's other hit, a single to leadoff the fifth. He then stole second and was stranded there as the next three batters struckout. 

Williams surrendered eight runs - five earned - in three innings on eight hits and four walks.

Micah Arndt allowed one run on one hit in three innings of relief, striking out one and walking two. 

Post 17 gets the next five days off as it takes part in a coaches camp at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage. The Bears return to action with a league doubleheader against Service on June 23 at Bartlett High School. 

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