DAILY MIRROR STAFF
Kodiak's Major Little League All-Star baseball team's run at the District I Finals came to an end Wednesday evening in Eagle River with a 12-2 loss to Knik in a consolation game.
Kodiak heads home with a 4-3 tournament record, just a year after going 0-4.
"The boys represented their community very well and were competitive with the larger Anchorage teams," coach Les James wrote in a text message.
Behind the pitching of Anders Hocum and AJ Barton, Kodiak held Knik to only three runs over the first 4 1/3 innings.
Knik put the game out of reach with a nine-run fifth-inning that ended the game under the 10-run mercy rule.
Kodiak scored both of its runs on passed balls following triples by Hocum and Ryan Walker.
Kodiak also received a double from Lars Hanson and singles from Nevin Lee and Nathan James.
Les James said the entire coaching staff, which included George Lee and Neil Horn were proud of the team's performance in the tournament.
Nunaka Valley, Dimond-West, Abbott-O-Rabbit and Knik are still alive in the tournament that concludes Saturday.
Kodiak's Junior Little League All-Star team trounced Polar, 18-5, to stay alive in the District I Finals.
Kodiak played in another elimination game late Thursday against Abbott-O-Rabbit, which already beat Kodiak 13-3 earlier in the tournament.
The winner advances to play Dimond-West in Friday's championship game.
Luke James belted a pair of home runs and a single and drove in four. Zach Griswold ripped three doubles and also drove in two.
Kodiak had 17 hits, while all 10 players had at least one hit.
Mitchell Kane,TJ Foxworthy, Dustin Swearingin, Derek Rastopsoff and Zach Smith all had an RBI.
Sean Walton, Foxworthy, Griswold and Smith all pitched 20 pitches.
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