Kodiak High School softball players are praying for good weather, as the 2010 season kicks off Friday afternoon at East Addition Park. The Lady Bears have four varsity and three JV games scheduled against the Service Cougars, and the field is just dry enough to play on – too much more rain and the teams may spend two days sitting in the dug outs.
Coach Dave Allen said his squad has spent more time on the practice field this year than in recent years.
The Lady Bears have three home-stands against four other schools this season. Service is here for four varsity and three JV games Friday and Saturday. East Anchorage and Soldotna will be here next weekend. There are two weekends on the road against Kenai, Skyview, Palmer and Colony, with the Homer Mariners wrapping up the regular season here in Kodiak a month from now. The state championship is in early June, up in Anchorage.
— (Softball 1 27 sec "Well, I’d have to say … maybe two weeks.")
This looks to be a rebuilding year for the Lady Bears, after a slew of seniors graduated from last year’s team:
— (Softball 2 24 sec "We graduated eight seniors … at all from last year.")
With a lack of experience on the mound, Allen is counting on defense and some heavy hitters to generate the runs to get, and stay, ahead:
— (Softball 3 23 sec "We’ve got some young … is Maureen Matautia.")
Allen says he gives a lot of credit to his three assistant coaches:
— (Softball 4 20 sec "Porphy Trout and Deb Rohr … the particulars there.")