Homer Alaska - Sports

Story last updated at 9:34 PM on Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Baseball season nears home

By Lindsay Johnson
Staff Writer

Balls are in for the Mariners regular high school baseball season. Regions begin today at the Herman Brothers Field in Palmer.

After suffering another two lopsided losses at home, the Ms enter the tournament with a 3-5 Northern Lights Conference record.

Though they started strong, Homer fell 11-0 to Kodiak in a five-inning game last Friday.

"Overall, we looked a little better on defense, but couldn't get a lot going. We're still making too many errors on defense. We're a very young team that is in the process of gaining valuable experience," Head Coach Lary Kuhns wrote in an e-mail.

In the Kodiak game, pitcher Asa Stage gave up nine hits, walked six and struck out two.

Homer made four hits, including a long triple in the second by Stage, but scored none.

Kuhns noted the exceptional performances of third-baseman Willy Deaver and centerfielder Cody Shealy.

The Mariners reduced the margin on Saturday with a 15-10 game against Wasilla. Deaver started and pitched through most of the third inning, giving up seven runs on two hits and striking out three. Homer led 2-0 after two innings, but Wasilla racked up seven runs in the third and carried the lead home.

Homer's Heath Johnson closed out the game as pitcher and made two hits and an RBI. Deaver and Dylan Morrison each collected one hit and brought in two runners.