D2 Semifinals: Kodiak, Palmer to face off in title game

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jun 4, 2021

D2 State Tournament
Semifinals

Palmer 7, Soldotna 1
Landon Guggenmos racked up 13 strikeouts and went 2-for-2 with a triple to lead the Moose into their first state championship game.

Guggenmos carried a shutout into the fifth inning and went the distance, giving up six hits over seven innings of work.

He struck out the side in the second, third and fifth innings. He worked around a bases-loaded, no-outs jam in the third with three straight Ks.

Palmer will face Kodiak in Saturday's state title game at 3 p.m. at Wasilla High School.

Dylan Garrettson and Landon Kitzman each had two RBIs for Palmer and Owen Hayes had a single RBI. Palmer got triples from Guggenmos, Kitzman and Chad Landon.

Soldotna's Daltyn Debroski went 2-for-4 with a double, triple and RBI. Josh Pieh started and Derrick Jones cleaned it up, throwing two scoreless frames of relief.

Soldotna will face North Pole in Saturday's third-place game.

Kodiak 4, North Pole 3

Nathan Baker's two-out single scored two runs in the top of the sixth inning that proved to be the difference for the Bears as they hung on to beat the Patriots and clinch a spot in Saturday's championship game.

Micah Arndt and Hunter Williams added RBI singles in the sixth as Kodiak erased a 2-0 deficit with a clutch four-run inning. 

Credit Jason Foxworthy and Jack Malloy for getting the party started as they both reached to kickstart the come-from-behind win, arguably the biggest in school history.

Arndt was real happy with the late-game rally given he was the starting pitcher. He went the full seven innings, giving up a half dozen hits and striking out a half dozen batters.

North Pole was looking to become the first Fairbanks baseball team to reach a state championship game since Lathrop in 2002.

The Patriots played well, taking a 2-0 lead in the third inning and scratching a run across in the seventh to make Kodiak sweat.

North Pole's Noah Perkins singled and later scored on an error and Alex Garcia singled in Logan Fischer to make it 2-0. Fischer also pitched a complete-game, taking a shutout into the sixth inning.

In the seventh, North Pole pulled within 4-3 on Connor Lanser's RBI single that scored Perkins.