Homer was able to stifle a late comeback by Kenai to beat the Kards 7-6 on Tuesday in Homer.
Earning runs in the first, second, fourth and fifth innings, Homer led 5-1 at the top of the sixth.
Kenai turned up their batting performance, however, and scored five runs in the sixth inning, as Ethan Oliver knocked in three runs, followed by Jonathan Wilson, who batted in two runs. The runs gave Kenai a 6-5 lead.
Dylan Morrison stepped up for the Mariners in the bottom of the sixth and batted a single, and Zack Haning drove in the run to take the lead in the end to score the win.
“These guys were able to just have a clean, efficient game, and that’s what we needed,” Homer coach Larry Kuhns said.
Brian Rowe from Homer hit twice for four at-bats, with two doubles and two RBI’s, Tommy Bowe went 1-4 with a double and two runs, Morrison recorded two RBI’s and a single and JJ Sonnen had three RBI’s.
Homer pitcher Willie Deaver pitched five innings with nine strikeouts.
Kenai coach John Kennedy said the sixth inning was about taking advantage of opportunities.
“We hit the ball well, we hit it hard but right at them, and Homer got 10 hits, and we didn’t get any breaks,” Kennedy said.
Miles Jones pitched four innings for the Kards, giving up four runs for five hits, recording two strikeouts and two walks, all of which were earned.
AJ Hull pitched the final two innings for Kenai, giving up three runs for five hits, recording four strikeouts and two walks.
Ethan Oliver went 2-3 for hitting, with two runs and three RBI’s, and Jonathan Wilson went 3-3 with three RBI’s.
Kenai now sports a 7-1 overall record, 6-1 in the conference, and will host Houston on Friday at 7 p.m.
Homer now has a 4-3 overall record and will host Soldotna on Friday night at 6:30 p.m.