The Kodiak baseball team defeated Soldotna 2-0 on Saturday in Kodiak. The game between the two teams on Friday was rained out. The result of the late Saturday game in Kodiak was not available as the Clarion went to press.
In Saturday’s first game, Trevor Norton pitched the first five innings for the Bears and allowed only three hits. He had seven strikeouts. Norton, along with his relievers, did not allow a runner to advance past second base.
Kodiak got its two runs in the first inning off of eventual loser Rich Hatt, who was replaced by Larsen Kohler in the third inning. Hatt had two strikeouts and five walks. Hatt, Kohler and Michael Eskue combined to give up just three hits, while the Soldotna defense back the pitchers by committing just one error. Danny Hughes had two of the four hits for Soldotna.
In the first, Kodiak leadoff hitter David Cratty walked and came around to score on a single by Stuart McFarland. Jeremiah Olson, who reached on an error, scored on a Norton ground-out.
With the victory, Kodiak finished 4-0 in the Northern Lights Conference and secured a state berth. The Bears were 8-0 overall heading into the late Saturday game, in which they planned to play the junior varsity squad after the first inning.
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