The Bears had four runners thrown out on the base paths — one at home — in a rare 6-5 Southcentral Conference baseball loss to the Hawks at Houston.
“I don’t want to say one thing cost us the game,” Kodiak coach James Arnold said. “We win and lose as a team.”
The loss snapped Kodiak’s two-game winning streak and dropped the Bears to 2-1 in the conference, 5-5 overall.
Kodiak was 10-0-1 against Houston dating back to 2004.
Myles Wilson laced three singles and drove in two, while Kodiak outhit Houston 9-8. Aaron Polasky added two singles in the loss.
Kodiak fell behind 4-1, but cut the deficit to 4-3 in the fifth inning when Josiah Chya roped a double that scored Austin Frick and Sam Kirchenschlager.
Houston scored two in its half of the fifth that pushed the lead to 6-3.
Polasky and Joey Mauer led off the sixth with singles and both scored on a Wilson double, who was thrown out at third on the play.
“He was trying to stretch it and got thrown out. We all know we can’t make the first out at third,” Arnold said.
The next batter, Tyler Jester, reached on an error and was tagged out trying to advance to second.
Kodiak was retired in order in the seventh.
“We battled back and gave ourselves some chances and then we gave them away,” Arnold said. “It was a tough loss. Certainly hats off to Houston. That pitcher did a good job.”
Cody Buntin pitched the complete game on 106 pitches — 68 for strikes. He struck out four and walked five.
Jakob Arnold, fresh off his one-hitter against Homer, took the loss. He gave up six runs and eight hits in 4 1/3 innings.
Arnold struggled early, hitting the first batter of the game, who came around to score on a wild pitch.
“He wasn’t as sharp as he normally is and then he got going and did some good things,” said James Arnold, Jakob’s father.
Jace Taylor led Houston with three hits and two RBIs. His run-scoring double in the sixth pushed the score to 6-3.
Kodiak remains in the Mat-Su Valley and plays a doubleheader on Saturday against Palmer.
Today, Kodiak’s junior varsity begins the three-day Houston Baseball JV Invitational Tournament.
HAWKS 6, BEARS 5
Kodiak 001 022 0 — 5 9 3
Houston 202 020 x — 6 8 5
Arnold, Pace (5) and Chya; Buntin and Taylor.
RBI: Kodiak — Wilson 2, Frick 1, Chya 2. Houston — C. Ruta 1, Sears 2, J. Taylor 2. Double: Kodiak – Chya. Houston — L. Taylor, Elson, J. Taylor. Three hits: Kodiak — Wilson. Houston — J. Taylor. Two hits: Kodiak — Polasky. Houston — L. Taylor.
Winning pitcher — Buntin (Struck out four, walked five). Losing pitcher — Arnold (Struck out three, walked one)