The Cougars rallied for four runs in the final two innings that snapped the Bears' three-game winning streak with a 6-5 win in an American Legion AA conference baseball game at Taylar Young Field in Anchorage.
Service scored the winning run off a Kodiak error — one of five on the night — with two outs in the bottom of the seventh.
"The players took the loss hard," assistant coach Derek Clarkston said. "We outplayed Service the entire game, but couldn't land the knockout punch."
Behind a number of sparkling defensive plays from shortstop Austin Frick and some timely hitting, Kodiak built a 5-2 lead against Service.
Down 1-0, Jon LeVan blasted a three-run triple with two outs in the second that gave the Bears a 4-2 advantage.
Kodiak got another run with two outs in the fifth when Joe Schactler laced a single — his second hit of the game — that scored courtesy runner Frankie Carlson from third.
The Bears defense coughed up the game after that. Kodiak committed two errors in the sixth, which let Service tie the game at 5. Another two errors in the seventh let the Cougars complete their comeback.
Kodiak (3-3 league, 5-4 overall) made 13 errors in its two losses on the five-game road trip. The Bears went 3-2 on its first road trip and are in third place in the National Division with 15 points.
"We had a chance to win all five games," Clarkston said. "We need to find a way to shore up the defense."
LeVan allowed three hits and walked nine in 5 1/3 innings. He danced around trouble in the first five innings and was lifted after loading the bases with one out in the sixth. All three runners scored off of reliever Alex Pace.
Pace struck out the first hitter in the seventh, then the next two Service batters reached on a single and an error that put runners on first and second. Pace struck out the next batter and then got a ground ball to third. The ball was bobbled, which let the winning run score.
Kodiak returns home for a 12-game homestand that begins Friday against Eagle River.
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COUGARS 6, BEARS 5
Kodiak 040 010 0 — 5 5 5
Service 110 003 1 — 6 4 2
LeVan, Pace (6) and Chya. Cuddily, Nordhoff (4), Yandell (4) Wasson (6), Fetko (7) and Melton.
RBI: Kodiak — LeVan 3, Schactler. Service — Lapointe. Triple: Kodiak — LeVan. Two hits: Kodiak — Schactler.
Winning pitcher — Fetko (Struck out one, walked none). Losing pitcher — Pace (Struck out two, walked none).