Friday Southcentral baseball: Houston eliminates Homer, Palmer eliminates Kodiak

Houston 15, Homer 14

The Hawks came back to defeat the Mariners early Friday at Kenai Little League fields.

Homer had a 14-7 lead going into the sixth inning, but Houston cut the lead to 14-12.

Then, the Hawks struck for three runs in the top of the seventh to earn the victory and advance to the second-place quarterfinals against Kenai at 3 p.m. Friday at Seymour Park.

"It's an extremely disappointing end to the season," Homer coach Lary Kuhns said. "With the amount of effort the players and coaches put in, it's disappointing to get this result.

"You can only be left scratching your head at what the heck happened."

Kuhns said injuries to top pitchers such as Zack Haning and Willie Deaver caught up to Homer. He also said the team broke down on defense over the final two innings.

He said one positive to come out of the game was the pitching of sophomore Tommy Bowe. Bowe showed he can be a factor in the pitching rotation next year.

Homer also did well at the plate. Brian Rowe had a home run to the opposite field, while Willie Deaver was 3 for 3.

"We're looking forward to next year," Kuhns said. "Even though we had such a bad ending, we had a better season than last year. We won twice as many games.

"We're hoping to build on this."

Palmer 4, Kodiak 3

The Moose eliminated the defending conference champions early Friday at Seymour Park.

Palmer advances to the second-place quarterfinals, playing Soldotna at 3 p.m. Friday at Kenai Little League fields.

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