Homer Alaska - Sports

Story last updated at 8:17 PM on Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Softball undefeated in league, successful in full travel schedule

The lady Mariners are proving Homer softball is a force to be reckoned with.

For their first game at Jack Gist Park last Wednesday, they treated home fans to a 12-7 victory over a tough Soldotna team.

"That was a real good game," Head Coach Bill Bell said. "The girls just dug deep and kept playing hard. They were down but it didn't slow them down," he said.

The Mariners hold a 3-0 record in the Northern Lights Conference and 5-2 overall.

They split in non-conference games with teams from four points around Anchorage last Friday and Saturday. Two days of double headers started with a run by Eagle River first thing Friday. The Mariners quickly stopped that progress and went on to win 11-1.

As in the first game, Homer gave up one run in the first inning of their second game Friday. But West Anchorage High School continued to rack up the score to hand the Ms a 3-11 loss, their first of the year.

In the first game Saturday, Homer made five errors and gave up 15 runs to East. The Anchorage high school came out strong early on, making five runs in each of the first two innings. The game ended 3-15 after four innings.

Homer finished up their Anchorage tour with a four-inning, 14-2 win over South.

"They realized that if we were playing in Anchorage we'd be playing in the middle of the pack," Bell said.

He said that from the outfield to hitters to the bench, the Ms are a solid team.

Tuesday evening at Jack Gist, they took out Skyview 26-0.

The girls play a five-game non-conference Southeast series in Sitka this week and will be back at home Tuesday with a 5 p.m. game against Kenai. They play in Skyview Wednesday.