Homer Alaska - Sports

Story last updated at 12:45 PM on Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Mariners end baseball season, losing to Wasilla, Houston

By Angelina Skowronski
For the Homer News

The Mariner baseball team entered the North Lights Conference Regional Tournament last weekend with a 5-4 record and high spirits despite sprained joints and recovering immune systems.

Homer played Wasilla in the first round, losing 11-1. In the second round, Homer played Houston and was ahead 14-7, but the wounded Mariners could not get anymore players on home plate and the Hawks made a breakaway for a 15-14 final score.

"We gained a lot at Regions. We were one of the youngest teams in the tournament so the boys learned to build for next year," said Head Coach Lary Kuhns.

Colony and Kenai placed first and second in the tournament, advancing them to State. If the team had been healthier, Kuhns believes the Mariners would have had a shot at going to State.

"We beat Colony last year and Kenai last week. In baseball it all comes down to the tournament. This year we had other factors involved such as injuries," said Kuhns.

The team's four graduating seniors will leave room for the younger players to advance next year.

Kuhns said, "You never know what the next year will bring. We are excited to go to State."

Willie Deaver was chosen for the Good Sport Team at the tournament