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KHS welcomes baseball, softball with pre-season tournaments


April 11, 2017
KHS welcomes baseball, softball with pre-season tournaments
By Noelle H. Lowery

While Kodiak Island thaws from winter’s chill, the boys and girls of summer are preparing to swing their bats at their pre-season tournaments.

“Most of the teams that are coming to play won’t step on a field until they come to Kodiak,” says Deb Rohrer, Kodiak Island Borough School District’s director of student activities.

The Kodiak High School varsity and junior varsity softball teams will take to the diamond April 13-15 in their pre-season tournament. This is the first time KHS softball has held a tournament.

The varsity softball tournament will be held at Baranoff Park, where KHS will welcome teams from Sitka, Eagle River and Wasilla. The JV team will play at the East addition with teams from Eagle River, Wasilla and Homer participating.

The next week — April 19-22 — KHS baseball will host the Fifth Annual Rex E. Matautia Tournament.  Teams from Lathrop, Wasilla and South high schools will travel to Kodiak to play. The tournament will open Wednesday, April 19, with Wasilla taking on South at 1:30 PM and then Kodiak versus Lathrop at 5 PM.

On Thursday, April 20, Lathrop will face South at noon, and Kodiak will face Wasilla at 3:30 PM. Play will continue Friday, April 21, with Lathrop versus Wasilla at 1:30 PM and South versus Kodiak at 5 PM. The tournament will conclude on Saturday when the third and fourth place teams and the first and second place in the tournament will compete. The first batter of the day takes the box at 9 AM.
Both KHS baseball and softball programs will play their seasons throughout April and May with the Alaska State tournaments set for the beginning of June. The regional baseball tournament will be hosted by Palmer High School, May 25-27, and Homer will be home base for the regional softball tournament, May 26-27. The state baseball tournament will be played in Anchorage, June 1-3, while the state softball tournament will be played in Fairbanks during the same three-day stretch.
Following are schedules for both KHS baseball and softball:

 April 27 Wasilla (V double header) Wasilla 
 April 28Colony (V double header) Colony 
 May 3-4Kenai (JV, V)  Kenai
 May 5-6 Homer (JV, V)     Homer
 May 10-11Houston Home 
 May 12-13
Palmer    Home
 May 19-20SOHI Home

 April 28       SOHI (V) Home
 April 29       SOHI (V)  Home 
 May 4-6
      JV Tournament
      (Service, Dimond, East and West)
 May 4-6        Varsity Tournament     Anchorage
 May 11       Kenai (V)  Kenai 
 May 12-13
      Homer (JV, V)  Homer
 May 19-20       Houston (JV, V)  Home

Go Bears!