In the first game of District I pool play, Kodiak defeated Nunaka Valley-City View, 8-7, on Monday night in Anchorage.
Nathan James led Kodiak’s nine-hit attack with a triple, a single and four RBIs. Lars Hanson added a double and a single.
Last season, Kodiak’s group of 11-and 12-year-olds went 0-4 in District I pool play.
With mostly the same team returning, Kodiak took control of its opener with a five run fourth inning that put it up 7-2.
Thomas Evans broke the tie when he scored on a fielders’ choice. A batter later, James cleared the bases with a triple to right field. James scored on the play off of a Nunaka error.
Nunaka responded with four runs in the fifth to close the gap to 7-6.
Kodiak added a run in its half of the fifth on two Nunaka errors.
After netting a run in the sixth, Nunaka put a runner on second base in the sixth and final inning, before pitcher AJ Barton closed the door with a strikeout to preserve Kodiak’s first District I victory in three years.
Nevin Lee started on the mound and held Nunaka to two runs with four strikeouts. James also pitched.
Lee, Ryan Walker, Jake Horn and Jayden Pavlof all had singles, while Horn, Pavlof and Hocum added RBIs.
Kodiak played Knik late Tuesday. Knik beat Anchorage Military 21-0 on Monday. The top four teams in the five-team pool advances to the District I double-elimination tournament that begins on July 14 in Anchorage.
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