Junior shortstop Joe Ravin swings at a Kodiak pitch in the Mariners' home baseball game on Friday. The M's beat the Bears 8-4. - Sean Pearson

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Landon Bunting takes a swing in Homer's Saturday win over Kodiak. - Sean Pearson

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Mariners split conference games against Kodiak

May 11th | Sean Pearson Print this article   Email this article  

Homer bats come alive early in Friday win at home

Homer High School baseball kicked off its 2017 home season over the weekend with Southcentral Conference games against visiting Kodiak. The Mariners and Bears split games under blue skies, circling eagles and an occasional sandhill crane.

Homer got the Friday win, outscoring Kodiak 8-4 after opening with a 7-run performance in the bottom of the first inning. The Bears made a run at the Mariners with three runs in the top of the third, and another in the top of the fourth.

But the M's answered with a run in the bottom of the fourth, and held the Bears scoreless for the remainder of the game. Homer talent spread the hits around evenly, with seven Mariner batters combining for nine hits.

Woape Huffman led the M's with two hits, two runs and one RBI. Junior Joe Ravin hammered a triple, and senior Garrett Butcher added a double.

Douglas Dean pitched three innings for the Mariners, giving up two hits, walking two and striking out two. Butcher threw 85 pitches to finish out the game; he gave up six hits and four runs, while walking two and striking out three.

The tables turned for the two teams on Saturday following Kodiak's late-game seven-run surge.

Homer started the scoring with two runs in the bottom of the fourth, but those would be the only two Mariner runners to cross the plate in the game. The Bears scored one run in the fifth, four in the sixth and two in the seventh to earn the 7-2 win.

Butcher hit a triple to drive in a Homer run, and Adam Brinster earned the M's second RBI.

Ravin started the game on the mound, giving up two hits and six runs in two innings. He walked two batters and struck out four. Seth Adkins finished the game for the Mariners; his 93 pitches resulted in two hits and one run in five innings. Adkins walked four and struck out five.

The Mariners host Palmer today (May 11) at 4 and 6:30 p.m. They return to face Houston on the upper field at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

 

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