The Bears committed six errors and never led in a 15-5 loss to Lincoln (Calif.) in a pool play game at the Lions Invitational High School Baseball Tournament in San Diego, Calif.
Kodiak (3-3) finished pool play with a 1-2 record and failed to advance to a semifinal game today. Lincoln won the four-team pool and moved on in the Division I tournament, which featured 16 teams.
“This was by far the best team that we have played since we have been here,” Kodiak coach James Arnold said.
The Bears will play a consolation game today before heading back to Kodiak on Friday. Kodiak was supposed to play two games in Anchorage, but those games have been cancelled.
Senior Tyler Jester accounted for three of Kodiak’s 10 hits, while senior Myles Wilson and Jon LeVan had two hits apiece.
Lincoln pounded out 14 hits, which included four doubles and one home run.
Lincoln took control of the game in the third when Fernado Reyes-Mendoza belted a three-run homer that gave his team a 4-0 lead.
The California-based school led 8-3 after the sixth and tacked on seven runs in the seventh — the second game in a row the Bears have given up seven runs in the seventh.
Josiah Chya hit a run-scoring single in the third, Joe Schactler had a bases-loaded walk in the fifth, Jester scored on an error in the sixth and Brandan Pickett roped a two-run triple in the seventh.
Starting pitcher Aaron Polasky absorbed the loss. He gave up seven hits and six runs — four earned — in three innings.
Kodiak committed six errors and have yet to play an error-less game in California.
“I already know in my mind that we are going to be working on our defense,” Arnold said.
Arnold praised Chya for his work behind the plate. He caught four different pitchers and threw out several base runners in seven innings.
“The bright spot in all of this is Josiah,” he said.
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LINCOLN 15, KODIAK 5
Lincoln 105 002 7 — 15 14 2
Kodiak 001 011 2 — 5 10 6
Roque, Tuitasi (5) and Martinez; Polasky, Kirchenschlager (4), Pace (6), Pickett (7) and Chya.
RBI: Lincoln — Roque 2, Sloan 2, Reyes-Mendoza 3, Verzona 2, Martinez 2, Kodiak — Schactler, Chya, Pickett 2. Home run: Lincoln — Reyes-Mendoza. Triple: Kodiak — Pickett. Double: Lincoln — Hudspeth, Verzona, Martinez 2. Three hits: Lincoln — Martinez, Hudspeth. Kodiak — Jester. Two hits: Lincoln — Verzona, Reyes-Mendoza, Briggs, Roque. Kodiak — Wilson, LeVan.
Winning pitcher — Roque (Struck out two, walked three). Losing pitcher — Polasky (Struck out one, walked three).