The visiting Kenai Central baseball team defeated Homer 15-5 on Tuesday in Southcentral Conference action. The game was shortened to six innings due to the mercy rule.
The Kardinals move to 3-3 in the league and 4-5 overall, while the Mariners fall to 0-3 and 1-5.
The home team grabbed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first, but Kenai took the lead for good with a pair of runs in the second inning. The Kardinals then put up eight runs in the top of the fourth and led 10-2 after that inning. Kenai got two in the fifth and three in the sixth, while Homer scored three times in the fifth.
Johnny Brinner pitched the first 2 2-3 innings, giving up an unearned run on a hit while walking one and striking out six.
Gabe Smith then pitched three innings, giving up four runs on six hits while walking two and striking out two. Simon Grenier recorded the final out on a strikeout.
Brinner was 3 for 3 with a pair of RBIs at the plate while Brady Bostic was 2 for 3 and Braden Smith had a pair of RBIs. Talon Whicker also went 2 for 4 for the Kardinals.
For the Mariners, Mylan Johnson gave up two runs on four hits in 2 1-3 innings, Malachi Raymond gave up two unearned run on three hits in 2-3 of an inning, and Camden Wise yielded five runs — three earned — on six hits. Henry Wedvick recorded an out without giving up a hit or run.
Raymond scored a pair of runs for the Mariners.