Post 25 takes two from Homer-Kodiak

Posted: Friday, July 20, 2001

Juneau's American Legion Post 25 Midnight Suns took two games from Homer-Kodiak, winning 15-7 on Wednesday and winning by a coin flip on Thursday.

The wins up Juneau's record to 14-9 overall and 7-2 against Alaska's American Legion teams.

"It was blowing hard off Kachemack Bay and we knew when we started how it would end up," coach Jim Ayers said. "It wasn't quite like the Takus in Juneau, but it was a good blow and raining."

Zach Kohan took the mound in the first inning that ended shortly after it started and both coaches agreed to settle the game with a coin toss.

"That's the way they've been settling things up here," Ayers said referring to the state high school tournament when Homer and Wasilla flipped a coin to decide who would participate in the tourney.

The win was important in the District II point standings that determine the seedings for the district tournament beginning July 28. Each of the five teams in the district, Juneau, Fairbanks, Homer-Kodiak, Kenai and Wasilla, earn one point for each game started and an additional two points for a win.

Currently, Juneau is second in the standings with 14 points. Kenai leads with 15 points, Fairbanks and Wasilla are tied for third with 13 points, while Homer-Kodiak trails with 9 points. The Midnight Suns have just two district games remaining against Fairbanks on July 24-25.

Four of the five District II teams will qualify for the state tournament, beginning Aug. 4, with the district's No. 1 seed getting an automatic state bid.

In Wednesday's game, Juneau belted out 12 hits, including a third-inning grand slam home run by clean-up hitter Bryson Buck, to rout Homer-Kodiak.

Kalen Meek started the game on the mound, but ran into trouble in the third inning, surrendering a home run after giving up a couple of bases on balls.

"Meek just could not get them out in the third," Ayers said. "He walked them and walked them and then gave up a homer. That homer really did him in."

Lopaka Pavitt came in for relief in the third and pitched three innings of no-hit ball until Nick Wolf replace Pavitt in the sixth and closed the game, giving up two runs in the eighth inning while striking out three.

"Pavitt came in with bases loaded and nobody out," Ayers said. "He turned a 1-3-5 double play on the first batter, a run scored but he got out of the inning when the next batter grounded out."

The top of the order for the Midnight Suns devastated Homer-Kodiak with Joe Ayers, Evan Scandling and Buck combining for 12 RBI's. Lead-off hitter Ayers went 2-for-5 with two runs and three RBIs, Nick Wolf scored two runs at the No. 2 spot, Scandling went 2-for-4 with two runs and three RBI's and Buck's grand slam gave him four RBI's.

"Buck's just doing so well -- he's in the zone," Ayers said. "That's what he did for us in the third inning."

Juneau takes today off before playing a double-header against Bartlett and Chugiak Saturday at Kosinski Fields in Anchorage, beginning at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., respectively.

Midnight Suns 15, Homer-Kodiak 7

Wednesday's game at Homer

Midnight Suns 015 001 160 --15 12 3

Homer-Kodiak 005 000 020 --7 9 3

Meek, Pavitt (3), Wolf (6) and Baun; Schwarts, Drake (3), Owen (8) and Shows, Pollach (6). WP -- Wolf. LP -- Drake. 2B -- Midnight Suns: None. Homer-Kodiak: Schwartz 2, Burns. 3B -- None. HR -- Midnight Suns: Buck. Homer-Kodiak: None.

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