Action on the Diamond Heats Up Friday

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Baseball season kicks off Friday for the Kodiak High School Bears, as the arch-rival Homer Mariners come to town for three games. Coach Rick Langfitt says his team is ready after more than a month of practice.

Though several upperclassmen are back from last year’s squad, fully a third of the players are freshmen, but Langfitt thinks several will contribute in the field and from the mound.

The ace of the rotation looks to be junior Raphael Matautia, who had no earned runs as a reliever last year.

The Lady Bears varsity and JV softball team also gets into action this week, against the Service Cougars. Friday, games start at 3 p.m. at East Addition Park, and continue on Saturday morning starting at 10 a.m. We’ll have a preview of the team and its season later in the week.

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There are five other teams in the conference, and while the season is 11-games long, only one game against each opponent counts towards the final standings. Langfitt said that rule was put in place a few years ago when there were more teams in the conference. More game will count towards the standings next season.

As far as competition goes, the coach describes the conference as wide-open, though he thinks the Colony Knights are the team to beat.

The Bears open against Homer at 5 p.m. Friday at Baranof Park. That’s the conference game, but they’ll play two more games on Saturday afternoon – at 1 p.m. and again at 4.

Kodiak then goes on the road for two weekends against Soldotna and then to the valley to play Houston and Palmer. They close out the regular season with two weekends of play at home, first against Colony and then Wasilla. The state championships will be in early June, up in Palmer.

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