Kenai baseball tops Homer

  • By Staff Report
  • Wednesday, April 30, 2014 12:05am
  • Sports

The visiting Kenai Central baseball team held off Homer 4-3 on Tuesday in Northern Lights Conference action.

It was the first game of the season for the Kards, while the Mariners fell to 0-3 in the league and 0-3 overall.

Miles Jones got the win for Kenai, going all seven innings and giving up seven hits. He walked two and struck out six.

“He pitched very well,” Kenai coach John Kennedy said. “He was in control.”

Kennedy said Jones mostly threw just fastballs, and was able to keep his pitch count low. The defense also helped him out, committing just one error. Homer also had just one error.

“The Kenai kid threw well,” Homer coach Mark Putney said. “He was the difference for them.”

The game was tied at 1 after one inning and 2 after five innings. Kenai went up 3-2 after the sixth inning, then took a 4-2 lead into the bottom of the seventh.

The Mariners cut the gap to 4-3, then had a runner on third with two outs after Greg Smith tripled, but Jones ended the game with a strikeout.

Brandon Beachy started for Homer and went four innings, giving up a run. J.J. Sonnen gave up a run in two innings of work, while Nahoa Jette yielded a run in the seventh.

Dallas Pierren was 2 for 3 with a run, while Jones helped his cause by going 1 for 2 with two RBIs. Also for Kenai, Dave Boyle had an RBI, and Paul Steffensen was 1 for 3 with an RBI.

For Homer, Sonnen had two hits, and Michael Swoboda also had a key hit.

“We had four baserunning errors that hurt us,” Putney said. “We ran into four outs.”

Kenai hosts Soldotna today at 5 p.m. at the Kenai Little League Fields. This game had originally been scheduled for Thursday.

Homer hosts Colony in varsity games at 7 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday.

More in Sports

Kenai River Brown Bears forward Owen Hanson and Anchorage Wolverines defenseman Trent Powell battle for the puck Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Wolverines complete sweep of Brown Bears

One of the main purposes of the Kenai River Brown Bears program… Continue reading

tease
Soldotna wrestling nabs Grizzly Shakedown title

The Soldotna girls and boys wrestling teams cruised to the Grace Grizzly… Continue reading

tease
Soldotna hockey topples Kodiak; Juneau tops Kenai

The Soldotna hockey team defeated Kodiak 10-0 in Railbelt Conference action Saturday… Continue reading

tease
Westin scores twice late to push Wolverines past Bears

Aiden Westin of the Anchorage Wolverines scored two goals in the final… Continue reading

Soldotna celebrates a first-period goal by Jace Applehans (far right) on Friday, Dec. 2, 2022, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Prep hockey: SoHi tops Kodiak

The Soldotna hockey team opened Railbelt Conference play with a 9-0 victory… Continue reading

Members of Kenai Central High School Esports gather around coach Shane Lopez before their League of Legends match Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022 at Kenai Central High School in Kenai, Alaska. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Esports playoffs: Kenai advances through 16-team bracket

High school esports playoffs started in Alaska for the state’s top 16… Continue reading

The Kenai River Brown Bears and Anchorage Wolverines battle for the puck Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Bears close homestand by hosting Wolverines

The Kenai River Brown Bears renew their rivalry with the Anchorage Wolverines… Continue reading

Forests surrounding the Kenai River. (Photo by Lisa Hupp/USFWS)
Refuge Notebook: Expect the unexpected

Climate change is changing conservation. We used to set goals and objectives… Continue reading

Downtown Seward on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022. (Ashlyn O'Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Out of the Office: Something about Seward

There’s something magical about Seward. It’s more than the quaintness of a… Continue reading

Most Read