Kenai, SoHi baseball teams drop games

The Kenai Central boys baseball team lost a pair of games Saturday at the Kenai Little League Fields, while the Soldotna boys also lost a game.

The Kardinals lost to Wasilla 9-7 and lost to Colony 12-2 in a game that was stopped in the middle of the sixth due to the mercy rule. Kenai is 6-3 overall and 5-2 in the Northern Lights Conference. Soldotna lost 11-0 to Colony.

Kenai coach John Kennedy said it was a cold day for baseball, and his squad never warmed up until it was too late.

In the Kenai-Wasilla game, the Warriors took a 5-0 lead in the top of the second, but Kenai came back to take a 6-5 lead after six. Wasilla scored to in the top of the seventh, but Kenai came back to tie the game at 7 and send it to an extra inning, where Wasilla scored two in the eighth to win.

Dallas Pierren pitched 7 2-3 innings for the Kards, taking the loss. He gave up nine runs — seven earned — on 13 hits with three walks and six strikeouts. Hector Rivera was 2 for 5 with two runs for Kenai, while Ethan Oliver and Luke Short each had two RBIs.

In the Colony-Kenai game, the Knights got to losing pitcher Ethan Oliver for eight runs — five earned — in the first two innings. Rivera led Kenai on offense by going 2 for 3 with an RBI.

Jacob Butcher pitched four innings, giving up two runs, to earn the win for Colony. He also was 3 for 4 with two RBI and a run at the plate.

In the Colony-Soldotna game, Tyler Fritz went six innings for the Stars, taking the loss. SoHi had just three hits in six innings against Jonathan Boyer. Logan Sanders was 3 for 4 for the Knights, while Morgan McJimsey was 2 for 3.

 

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