The Bears won their first game of the tournament on Monday, then dropped the next three to head home with a 3-4 overall record. Kodiak is 1-7 all-time in the Lions Tournament that features 128 teams spread over eight divisions.
“We came out here to get some more games in and we accomplished that,” Kodiak coach James Arnold said. “We certainly learned a lot.”
Arnold said the biggest thing he learned was that the team has to get better on defense. The Bears committed five errors on Thursday that pushed their total to 19 for the four-game tournament.
“We got to stay mentally focused through every pitch — we have to to compete at this level,” the second-year coach said.
Arnold added the team has to make better adjustments when playing on natural surface. Kodiak’s home park has artificial turf.
Kodiak out-hit Orange Glen 8-4 but couldn’t work around the errors and the nine walks, seven wild pitches and five hit batters issued by the Bears’ three pitchers.
With all that, Kodiak posted four runs in the fifth to tie the game at 7.
Jon LeVan and Joe Schactler both roped run-scoring doubles, while a Morgan Moir single scored Schactler and Sam Kirchenschlager who reached on a walk.
Orange Glen grabbed the lead back for good with two runs in the sixth on a John Norton bases-loaded walk and a sacrifice fly off Joey Mauer, who came in with no outs and the bases loaded and only gave up one run.
Norton took the loss, working two-plus innings in relief of starter Frank Carlson, who walked five and gave up six runs — five earned — in three innings.
Orange Glen starter Dominic Quinonez pitched the complete game, striking out 13 and walking only one on 116 pitches.
A Kirchenschlager single in the first scored Tyler Jester, who doubled, to tie the game at 1.
Orange broke the tie with a run in the second and four in the third.
Kodiak cut the deficit to 6-3 in the third on an Aaron Polasky single that scored Kirchenschlager and an Orange error that scored Schactler, who reached with a double.
Kodiak returns home today and will not play again until April 25, when it hosts Homer in the first Southcentral Conference game of the season.
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ORANGE GLEN 9, KODIAK 7
Orange 114 012 0 — 9 4 1
Kodiak 100 240 0 — 7 8 5
Quinonez and Santana; Carlson, Norton (4), Mauer (6) and Chya, Schacter (2).
RBI: Orange — Conejo 1, S. Oceguendo 1, Magallanes 1, Mendoza 1, Bernal 1, Cardenas 2, R. Ocegueda 1. Kodiak — Kirchenschlager1, Schactler 1, Polasky 1, Moir 2, LeVan 1. Double: Orange — Cardenas. Kodiak — Jester, Schactler 2, LeVan. Two hits: Orange — Mendoza. Kodiak — Kirchenschlager, Schactler.
Winning pitcher — Quinonez (Struck out 13, walked one). Losing pitcher — Norton (Struck out one, walked four).