The Soldotna Stars notched a thrilling 2-1 comeback win over Colony on Friday evening on the road in Southcentral Conference action.
The Knights scored an unearned run in the second inning off of an error, and that left Soldotna with a 1-0 deficit heading into the sixth inning.
Jarrett Urban walked to first base after he was hit by the pitch on his turn at bat, which led to Tyler Marcuson batting.
Marcuson hit the ball down the third-base line, but the attempted double play was botched, and that left Urban at third.
Shane Miller then hit a bunt down to first base, which brought in Urban to score the tying run, and when Gavin Larson stepped up to bat, he hit the ball down the right-field line, and Marcuson scored the winning run.
“To have Shane hit that bunt and get that run is phenomenal,” Soldotna assistant coach Mike Griffin said. “And then Gavin Larson hits that drive down the line, it was great.”
Urban ended up hitting 1 for 2, equal to Larson. Jake Darrow hit 1 for 4, including two stolen bases, and Mitchel Daugherty was 1 for 3.
Max Hegge pitched three innings for the Stars, with no strikeouts, two walks, three hits and one unearned run.
Max Conradi pitched three innings with four strikeouts, no walks, two hits, no runs and 45 pitches, and Tyler Marcuson pitched one inning for no runs, one walk, and one hit for 17 pitches.
Soldotna 14, Houston 12
The Stars held off the Hawks to move to 6-1 in the Southcentral Conference and 6-2 overall on Saturday.
“It’s great to go up to the Valley and come away with three wins,” SoHi coach Roger Phillips said. “It was brutal weather the whole time.”
The Stars banged out 12 hits Saturday. Darrow was 1 for 2 with a run, Miller was 3 for 5 with a run, Larson was 2 for 4 with a run, and junior varsity player Klayton Justice moved up to varsity and went 3 for 4 with a run.
“We were pretty much in control the whole time,” Phillips said. “They had four runs in the bottom of the seventh that made it closer than the score seems.”
Hegge pitched the first two innings and gave up three runs — two earned. Conradi pitched 1 1-3 innings and gave up three runs — two earned.
Daugherty pitched three innings and gave up three hits and two runs, while Urban got the save by allowing four runs — three earned.
SoHi hosts Kenai at 5 p.m. Monday.
Kodiak 9, Homer 2
The host Bears notched a Southcentral Conference victory on Friday over the Mariners.
Kodiak pitcher Brandon Mahle had a complete-game, three-hitter. The junior struck out 10 and did not walk a batter in 96 pitches. He also had three singles and two RBIs.
The Mariners tied the game at 2 in the top of the sixth when Kodiak first baseman couldn’t control a hot shot off the bat of Dylan Morrison, allowing Brian Rowe to score.
In the bottom of the sixth, Kodiak scored seven runs on six hits against Homer reliever Lucas Schneider.
Zack Haning had two hits for Homer.
Kodiak improved to 3-3 in the conference and 3-3 overall.
Homer 24, Kodiak 3
The Mariners scored 13 runs in the fourth inning to cruise to a Southcentral Conference win Saturday in Kodiak.
The game featured cold and even some snow.
Haning pitched all five innings for Homer, giving up three runs on eight hits. He struck out five and walked three.
Morrison, Haning and Brian Rowe all had three RBIs, while Ryan Josephson added two.
Rowe, Haning, Tommy Bowe and Willie Deaver each had two hits.