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Story last updated at 9:35 PM on Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Softball splits with Anchorage teams

Fast describes more than the pitching at recent high school softball games, where the Mariners maintained an upbeat tempo across the field over two long days.


Photo by Lindsay Johnson, Homer News

Alecia Stafford slid safely into home base while Hannah LaRue prepares to bat during the second inning of the Mariners' second game against Chugiak last Saturday. Homer held Chugiak to 0 for the first three innings while stealing a run in both the first and second, but lost the game 5-3.

Homer led off back-to-back days of double headers with consecutive 6-5 wins over Bartlett last Friday at Jack Gist Park.

The Bears took a 5-4 lead in the fifth, but the Ms regained their edge with tight fielding and two runs in the sixth. In game two, the home team built momentum with one, two and three runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings then held the visitors to two runs in the sixth to seal the win.

Despite the sunny day, barbecue break, good pitching and stolen runs, Homer couldn't plate the points they needed to overcome the Mustangs. They lost the first game 13-6 and the second 5-3.

"I challenged the girls to play big and they certainly did," Head Coach Bill Bell said.

Bell said playing with two of the top Anchorage teams was great preparation for last league games, held today and Saturday against Kodiak and Soldotna. If they win one of those, the Mariners will be on their way to state.