City-league softball swings into summer play

• League hopes to gain legitimacy, help from city with park development
By Sean Pearson
Homer Tribune

Homer Tribune Sean Pearson - Bruce Shaw leaps to avoid a collision with a Spenard Builder’s Supply runner, but is unable to turn the double play.

Homer Tribune Sean Pearson - Bruce Shaw leaps to avoid a collision with a Spenard Builder’s Supply runner, but is unable to turn the double play.

Homer’s adult softball league kicked off 2013 season action last week following the Memorial Day Holiday, and are already tearing up the bases in some healthy — yet fierce — competition.
League organizer Jessica Marx said seven teams are playing this year, which is down from nine teams last year.
“East Road Services and StarWash both decided to not field teams this season due to issues with forfeits last year,” Marx explained. “During the Lower Cook Inlet fishing season, a lot of folks are gone.”
And, while the bad news may be that there are fewer teams to watch, Marx said the good news is that all seven teams have stacked rosters.
According to Marx, the big issue this year continues to be getting the third softball field ready for play. The unused field sits on the left as you first enter the complex, and Marx said some minor work has been done on it as a softball association.
“We need major drainage constructed and a spectator area set up,” she said. “It’s all alders as it stands.”
Marx said there was talk of putting in a tiered seating arrangement on the hill behind the backstop, but she wasn’t sure whether that plan would come to its fruition.

Homer Tribune Sean Pearson - Cody Fonkert prepares to throw an SBS batter out at first base. SBS won 18-9 in the early game.

Homer Tribune Sean Pearson - Cody Fonkert prepares to throw an SBS batter out at first base. SBS won 18-9 in the early game.

“Who knows. It’s been frustrating on our part to see that field unused from year to year, knowing it has great potential,” she said. “Not only as a larger, more shaded field at game time; but also added playing space that would open the door to tournaments and more games at the local level.”
Marx has high hopes for the league, as she envisions some type of “End of the Road” tournament with 10-15 teams.
“Seward has two great fields and an invite-only tourney that we have been lucky enough to play in, and it has been awesome,” she said. “I would love to put together something like that here. It means money for us — as well as for the city of Homer.”
Marx said she hopes to get more citywide exposure in the newspapers and on KBBI this year.
“We’d like to get a little more recognition from the city as a legitimate park,” she explained. “I mean,  HOPP is certainly great — but so are we.”
The Homer City Tournament will take place on  July 27 and 28.

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