The third time was not the charm for the Kodiak Little League junior softball team.
Facing Nunaka Valley for the third time in District I play, Kodiak fell 11-0 in Monday’s championship game in Anchorage.
This was Kodiak’s first appearance in the District I championship game since the 1990s, according to league sources.
“The coaching staff is very happy with how this team came together and worked hard every step of the way,” Kodiak coach Bryan Larson said. “They learned so much and their support and positive attitudes for each other was amazing to watch.”
Kodiak finished second in the three-team tournament with a 1-4 record — the lone victory was a gigantic one. The hometown nine upset No. 1 seed Dimond-West 15-10 in an elimination game on Sunday. That win put Kodiak into the championship game against Nunaka, a team they lost to 27-2 and 11-6 earlier in the tournament.
“We are very proud of knocking out the No. 1 seed and being able to compete in the championship game,” Larson said. “Second place is a great accomplishment for this young group of girls. I expect that they will perform even better as they continue to play together.”
In the championship game, Kodiak’s offense was stymied by Nunaka’s pitcher, who tossed six no-hit innings.
“We couldn’t wake up the bats at all,” he said.
Shanoah Spear pitched a complete-game for Kodiak and was backed by a few splendid defensive plays, Larson said.
Nunaka — coached by former Kodiak coach Dick Knowles — topped Juneau, 8-6, on Tuesday in the opener of a five-game series for the state title.
Kodiak was honored with the Sportsmanship Award.
Kodiak’s roster consisted of Spear, Danica Howell, Hannah Stewart, Addalina Haagensen, Lakeisha Sanchez, Britney Llorente, Aliesha Miranda, Kyla Pineda, Emily Larson, Ashyln Bolen, Alyssa Agmata, Krixhanee Diesta, Hailee Wallace and Eva Wolfe.