• Homer to face Hutchison in first-round State tourney action Friday
By Sean Pearson
After taking just over three innings to pound 16 hits and 27 runs against Northern Lights Conference foe Kenai last Tuesday, Homer High’s Lady Mariner softball team needed just a bit more effort to edge Soldotna 3-2 in league play on Wednesday.
That’s OK. The Lady M’s have everything under control. Unquestionably scrappy and tenacious, the young team packs up balls and bats on their way to the State Championships in Anchorage this weekend.
Homer traveled to SoHi on Wednesday, where both teams were vying for a coveted berth to the State Championships .
The hitting started early for Homer, but didn’t last long. The M’s pushed the game’s first run past the plate in the top of the first inning, and didn’t see home again until the eighth. SoHi did a little hitting as well, answering with 2 runs in the bottom of the first to take the lead.
Then, the defensive showdown began.
Homer showed a little life at the plate in the top of the fifth, pushing one more run across to tie the score at 2. The two teams continued to battle it out on defense, as parents and fans hunkered down for what could have been a lot of extra innings.
Turns out, it didn’t take long at all, as the Lady Mariners scored in the top of the eighth to win the game.
Sophomore McKi Needham pitched all seven innings for Homer and picks up the win. She gave up five hits and struck out six batters, while Homer’s defense logged four errors.
At the plate, Kayla Stafford and Mary Hanna Bowe each had two hits, while Maggie LaRue picked up Homer’s only RBI of the game.
Needham and LaRue were both recently named to the first team, all-conference, and Pam Jantzi and Riley Walls were named to the second team.
The Mariners finish their season with a 6-2 conference record.
For the season, LaRue leads the Lady Mariner offense with six doubles and five triples. She logged 30 hits in 63 at-bats, giving her a season batting average of .476. She also managed to drive in 18 runs and stole 29 bases.
Freshman up-and-comer Bowe just recently started picking up more varsity game time. She is currently batting .545, with six hits and three RBIs in eight games.
Lauren Kuhns, also a freshman, has 20 hits in 47 at-bats.
Homer opens play Friday at the State Championships against Hutchison. Game time is 1 p.m., and all games are played at Anchorage’s Cartee Fields.
If Homer beats Hutchison, they will square off against Juneau-Douglas at 3:30 p.m., that same day.
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