Homer softball defends NLC crown

The Homer softball team found a way to reign in the rain.

The top-seeded Mariners completed a 3-0 run through the Northern Lights Conference tournament in Kodiak with an 8-3 victory over the No. 3 Bears on Friday night. There have been two NLC tourneys and Homer has won both.

The tournament featured a steady rain throughout.

“It was miserable — just miserable,” Homer coach Bill Bell said after his squad clinched a 17th state berth in 18 years. Kodiak also is going to state as the runner-up.

The Mariners started Saturday by knocking Kodiak off 23-15 in five innings in the semifinals. After the Bears worked their way into the final by defeating Soldotna 17-3 in four innings to earn a state berth, Homer toppled Kodiak again, this time 8-3 in seven innings.

Annalyn Brown, who was named MVP of the conference, starred on the mound in the championship game. She went all seven innings, giving up three runs — two earned — on nine hits while walking two and striking out six.

Brown pitched every inning of every game for Homer in the tournament.

“She was dynamite on the mound,” Bell said. “She pitched her heart out the whole tournament.”

Also earning first-team all-conference for Homer were Brianna Hetrick, Grace Godfrey and Kaitlyn Johnson.

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