The Homer Mariner baseball team finally got a chance to dig their cleats in the soil with an official season-opening game against the Kenai Kardinals last Wednesday. Playing in Kenai, the M’s got their offense going early, as junior Brian Rowe went 4 for 4 at the plate to help in the Mariners’ 4-1 conference win. Tommy Bowe went 2-for-2 and Lucas Schneider, 2-for-3 in the winning effort.
Heading further up the road on Friday, the Mariners fell to the Kodiak Bears by a score of 12 to 5. Zac Bynum was the starting pitcher, while Schneider came in for relief. Kodiak picked up 15 hits, while Homer’s Bowe had two hits, and Rowe and Zach Haning each had one.
Homer then squared off against the Colony Knights in a later Friday game, where they lost 1-11. The Mariners had five hits, with senior catcher Willy Deaver leading the way with a 2 for 2 performance, including an RBI. Bowe, JJ Sonnen and Bynum each picked up one hit, with Bowe scoring Homer’s only run.
Undaunted by their Friday loss, the Mariners scored three runs early against Houston on Saturday to edge the Hawks 4-2.
Nahoa Jette pitched six innings with no earned runs to earn the win, while Zach Haning picked up the save.
Schneider led Homer with three hits, a run and an RBI, while Haning and Bowe added two hits each. Bowe also scored twice and drove in a run.
Homer’s junior varsity won over Houston as well, with Bynum and sophomore Sheldon Hutt pitching.
The Mariners head into a busy week of hard ball, as they hold their first home game of the season Wednesday night against Soldotna at 7 p.m. They return to host Kenai on Thursday at 7 p.m., before hitting the road again Friday to play Wasilla in Soldotna at 1 p.m., and follow with a game against SoHi at 7 p.m.
The M’s return to host Palmer at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Shoreline Golf Course will open for the season on Friday, May 17. The course is located at 6.5 miles East End Road, and hours are 10 a.m. -10 p.m. For more information, call 235-8544.
Homer sailors are readying for the first Homer Yacht Club race of the season. The Cheechako Cup is scheduled to start off Land’s End this Saturday, May 18. Captains and crews meet on P Float in the Homer Harbor at 11 a.m. to finalize details of the race.
The club has scheduled a safety seminar and meeting Sunday, May 19, at Carlin Rauch’s home. After the safety seminar, the sailors will discuss plans for the Land’s End Regatta.
There are nine races slated through September 14. They include:
May 25, Sourdough Cup; June 8 and 9, Cooney Cup; June 28 through 30, Land’s End Regatta; July 6, Independence Cup; July 20, race to Jakolof Bay for a beach barbecue; August 3, Converse Cup; August 17, Founder’s Cup; August 31, Kachemak Cup and September 14, Fireweed Cup. The club also schedules an awards banquet after the racing season ends.
More information is available on the homeryachtclub.org web page.
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