Friday Southcentral baseball: Kenai, Soldotna win

Kenai 15, Houston 0, 5 innings


Robert Cockrell pitched the Kardinals past the Hawks on Friday afternoon in the second-place semifinals at Seymour Park.

Houston's season is over. Kenai advances to play Soldotna in the second-place semifinals at 10 a.m. Saturday at Seymour Park. The Kards are 3-0 against the Stars this year.

Cockrell gave up just one hit while striking out six and walking one.

"When you go short innings, it always does help with your pitching," Kenai coach John Kennedy said. "Tomorrow is a different day. Hopefully, we can come out and make things happen."

AJ Hull had two walks, two stolen bases and two runs, while Hector Rivera was 2 for 3 with two runs and two RBIs, Johnny Wilson was 2 for 4 with three RBIs, and Cockrell was 2 for 2.

Kennedy said Kenai is doing OK on pitching heading into Saturday. He said nobody has thrown more than five innings or 78 pitches.

Soldotna 10, Palmer 2

Jake Darrow pitched a complete-game four-hitter Friday afternoon at the Kenai Little League fields to lead the Stars into the second-place semifinals and eliminate the Moose.

Soldotna will play Kenai at 10 a.m. Saturday at Seymour Park in the second-place semifinals.

Darrow took 91 pitches to go seven innings. He gave up one earned run and walked three while striking out two.

SoHi assistant Mike Griffin said the defense was solid behind Darrow. There were 15 ground-outs and one double play.

Shayne Miller also threw out two runners trying to steal.

"We made some errors, but they weren't costly," Griffin said.

Palmer went up 1-0 in the top of the first, but SoHi scored twice in the second inning and five times in the third inning to take control of the game.

Darrow helped himself at the plate by going 3 for 4 with a run, three RBIs, a triple and a stolen base. The Stars had 10 hits overall.

Also for SoHi, Jarrett Urban was 2 for 4 with a run, Hunter Phillips was 1 for 2 with a run and Max Conradi was 1 for 2 with three runs, a double and an RBI.