Late-inning errors cost the Kodiak Major Little League All-Star baseball team in the opening-round of the District I Finals Monday in Eagle River.
Leading by two over Anchorage-West in the fifth, Kodiak committed two errors that led to four runs and an 11-9 loss that dropped the team to the consolation bracket.
Kodiak played Anchorage-Military late Tuesday night in an elimination game. The winner plays at 7 p.m. today, while the loser is done.
Kodiak outhit Anchorage-West 10-7, but made five errors.
“Five errors kept Kodiak hamstrung throughout the game,” Kodiak coach Les James wrote in a text message.
Nevin Lee drilled a pair of doubles and a single and pitched 4 2/3 innings, while striking out four. AJ Barton pitched the final 1 1/3 innings.
Nathan James added a pair of singles, while Jayden Pavlof ripped a double and a single. Lars Hanson, Ryan Walker and Garrick Schauff each hit a single.
Kodiak trailed 7-3 after three innings and scored six runs in the fourth to take a 9-7 lead.
Pavlov collected three RBIs during the inning on a single and a double, while Lee drove in a pair on a double. Kodiak also picked up a run on a Schauff single.
In other opening-round games, Knik downed Homer 15-2, Nunaka Valley thumped Abbott-O-Rabbit 22-1 and Dimond-West topped Anchorage-Military 14-4.
Knik played Nunaka Valley and Anchorage-West played Dimond-West in late Tuesday’s winners’ bracket games.
Kodiak’s Junior Little League All-Star team advanced to the District I Finals with an 11-4 victory over Anchorage-Military in pool play Monday evening.
Kodiak opened the District I Finals late Tuesday against Abbott-O-Rabbit, a team Kodiak lost to 11-0 in pool play.
Kodiak finished 2-2 in pool play and earned the third seed in the District I Finals double-elimination tournament.
Manager Craig Walton said the team struggled on offense during pool play.
“We are waiting for the fourth and fifth innings to start hitting and by then it is too late,” he said. “We got to get the bats going early.”
He noted the pitching has been solid, and that errors have plagued the team.
Dimond-West, last year’s state champions, grabbed the top seed with a 4-0 record, and played Polar, the fourth-seed with a 1-3 record, in Tuesday’s opening round.
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