Malakai Olson

Malakai Olson takes a swing on The Rock earlier this season. Despite Olson’s efforts Kodiak Post 17 lost 16-5 to Palmer on Sunday.

KODIAK — Kodiak Post 17 ended the Todd Ryan Memorial Tournament with a 16-5 loss to Palmer in the third-place game Sunday in Wasilla.

The Bears went 1-3 in the tournament and are now 4-18-1 on the season.

Kodiak jumped out to a 5-1 lead, but Palmer roared back with a 10-run third inning to post its third victory over the Bears in six days.

“The third inning continues to be our biggest enemy,” Post 17 skipper Derek Clarkston said. “I’m ready to ask the umpire if we can skip the third inning and go straight to the fourth.” 

Kodiak has given up 69 runs in the third inning this season. The recent third-frame woes spoiled a hot start for the Bears.

Kodiak jumped on Palmer starter Zach Satterly for three runs in the first inning and a solo run in the third to go up 5-1.

Malakai Olson — a rising eighth-grader — needed only 16 pitches to set down Palmer in the first two innings. He did not get help from his defense in the third as only three of the 10 runs scored were earned. The Bears committed five errors in the five-inning game that was called because of the mercy rule. 

“Olson couldn’t have pitched any better against a team that can smack the ball around the park,” Clarkston said. “He kept them off-balance with a floating fastball.” 

Hunter Williams allowed five runs on five hits in 1 1/3 innings in relief of Olson.

Dylan Wynn led Kodiak’s eight-hit attack with two singles and an RBI. Jace Crall also had two singles, while Williams laced a triple to deep center.

Nathan James and Gareth Jones each drove in a run and singled, while Olson and Foxworthy each had an RBI.

Napoleon, Ohio, won the tournament title with an 11-5 win over Wasilla in the championship game. Ketchikan placed fourth with a 12-2 win over Bartlett. The Ohio squad, which has appeared in two Legion World Series, won three tournaments during their trip to Alaska: the BP Invitational, the Bill Miller Big Fish Wood Bat Tournament and the Todd Ryan. 

Post 17 played American Division leader South Anchorage in a league game on Monday. The Bears wrap up their 10-game in eight-day trip with another league game against South today.

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