The Kachemak Swim Club boys’ team collected 222 points to take the top spot at the Kenai Sprint Championships on Saturday.
In their last meet before summer, swimmers Clayton Arndt and James Nagle both took first place in individual points in their age divisions. Arndt amassed an impressive six first-place finishes in the 11-12-year-old category to earn 28 points and secure his win. Nagle grabbed 20 points.
Griffin Downey was second in his 11-12-year-old division with 19 points.
Other KSC finishers included Lucas Story, third in the 8-and-under division and Leo Castellani, third among 13-14-year-olds.
On the girls’ side of pool action, Carly Nelson picked up 15 points to take second in the 8-and-under division, while Madison Story took second among 9-10-year-olds with 19 points.
Lauren Kuhns picked up eight points to take third in the 13-14-year-old division. The girls team took fourth overall.
The Homer Lady Mariner softball team kicked off its season last week at Sitka, playing five games over a two-day period.
The Lady M’s opened with a 7-5 squeaker over Thunder Mountain on Friday. Maggie LaRue went 2-3 hits and drove in two runs. Miranda Beach added two hits and one RBI. Pitcher Hannah LaRue picked up the win, striking out five batters along the way.
Homer lost to the Sitka Wolves in their second Friday game.
The Lady M’s got off to a good start, scoring two runs in the first inning. Those would be the only runs the Wolves were willing to give up, as they shut down Homer’s scoring and grabbed the 6-2 win.
The Lady Mariners faced off against Sitka again on Saturday morning, and got a little more aggressive with the bats.
The Lady Wolves jumped out to a 5-0 lead, but Homer answered with two runs in the top of the third. Sitka added three more runs in the bottom of the third, but the Mariners stayed the course, and scored four runs in the top of the fourth.
With the score sitting at 8-6, Homer punched in one more run in the top of the fifth, but just couldn’t pull out the win. They fell 7-8.
Mariner Katie Kirsis picked up four hits for the game, and Beach added two more RBIs.
Next up for Homer were the Kodiak Bears. Bats for both teams were lively early, with 10 of the 11 total runs scored in the first two innings. Homer took the lead early, leading 7-3 in the bottom of the fourth. One more insurance run put the score at 8-3, and that’s how the game would end.
Kirsis picked up another two hits for the game and drove in three runs. Beach remained consistent at the plate with one hit and one RBI.
The Lady Mariners’ final Saturday game saw them once again face off against Thunder Mountain in a virtual slugfest.
This time, Thunder Mountain would draw first blood, scoring three runs in the top of the first. Homer bats got busy in the bottom of the second, racking up six runs. Two more Thunder Mountain runs in the top of the third cut Homer’s lead to one. But the Lady M bats again heated up, and their three more runs gave them a 9-5 lead.
Apparently, Thunder Mountain bats were farily red-hot as well, as the Falcons scored six runs in the top of the fourth to take a 11-9 lead.
Wait … there’s more.
Homer stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the fourth and picked up three more runs to give the Lady M’s the 12-11 edge, and the win.
Hannah Larue led the Mariners with three hits and two RBIs, while Larsen Fellows added three more hits. Kirsis picked up her requisite two hits and three RBIs, while teammate Mikayla Morrison added three RBIs.
The Lady Mariners hosted the Skyview Panthers on Tuesday, but results from the game were not available by press time.
They play Wednesday at SoHi and then head to the Valley to take on Houston and Wasilla.
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