In summarizing the season I forgot to mention that we had a 4-Peat, winning the Northern Lights Region Tournament for the fourth ( and every) year since it was initiated. Also added another Regular season conference win. Three players as First Team All Conference- Grace, Hannah and Zoe. One player to All State Tourney Team- Hayley and Grace making her second appearance on the All-West Region NFCA Second team honors as an Outfielder. All in all a very positive recovery from the disappointment of losing the 2020 season.
State Tournament- Beat North Pole in the first game of Pool Pay- winning 15-12. Next game of Pool play lost to Juneau 11-19 and were second in our pool. Opened Double elimination against Delta Huskies and won 13-4 . Next played Ketchikan and lost not only by a score of 10-12 but also lost our franchise Third baseman to an injury while pursuing a foul ball. Then played North Pole again, taking a 9 run lead into the last inning but seeing it evaporate in the heat of the day, our third game and new personnel. Lost in the extra inning Tie Breaker. Overall a very successful season with our new players, team work and growth.
With a small bit of covid sneaking into our dugout we are on temporary hold. Hoping to restart the season on Thursday in Soldotna and with our Bash on the Bay tournament on May 21-22
Schedule has changed slightly with the Blue-Gold Tournament being dropped from the schedule with Covid Restrictions. Houston will now be playing down here on May 12th. Please follow on Team Manager App for current games and Live Game Streaming – when our IT folks get it working.
We are crashing into the season. I will keep the Schedule up to date and use the Practice Schedule to cover travel plans into the future as I know them. It is going to be non-stop from this point forward. Hang on and enjoy the ride.
A great group of players, skilled veterans and new players that are anxious to learn and doing really well. Team has decided our motto is “Dedicated to Improvement ” and they are certainly improving by the hour in practice. #D2I Parent Meeting notes are on the parent page, Schedule is getting filled in though it obviously hangs by a thread at all times. Paperwork is slowly getting turned in. We teach to only control what you can control but that does not keep us from muttering about the weather. One day we will be outside, in the warmth, on green grass. For now, we would settle for mud and jackets. On we go…
A great first two weeks with returning Vets and really focused and enthusiastic rookies. With traditional Fund Raising on hold we are asking for any help that can be provided. https://gofund.me/f791e42d Thanks from the bottom of our gloves.
We will have a Parent meeting in the next couple of weeks as Spring settles in but if you have questions please contact either Mary Hana Bowe, the assistant coach, or myself. Please take the time to review the Team Handbook on our website at marinersoftball.net and ask that your players go over it also. I will not be long winded here as the website should contain the information to all questions that you would have, and I can get long winded in the future.
We have also sent a link to the WhatsApp Group text that we use for more immediate communication if you are willing to be part of a group texting service that is not too burdensome.
We will follow all Borough and Alaska guidelines for Covid safety during the season and those are listed on the Team Information page of the website. And, of course, we will be needing lots of help with field work, game support, etc and will keep you notified about those opportunities. Fund raising that we usually do through our raffle and pull tabs has taken a big hit both last year and this year so if anyone has ideas for helping with the extra costs that are going to be associated with the season and travelling, all ideas are welcome.
It has been a pleasure meeting the new players and seeing their enthusiasm and “coachability”
Official Season starts March 22nd thru March 24th at 6pm – 8pm, Homer Middle School Gym. March 25 & 26 will be at HHS Gym after school and March 27th will be HHS gym at 9am School requires that you turn in your Covid form, pay or waive your player fees and have physical prior to practice. Please take care of that ASAP. The season is rapidly coming together and Mary Hana and I are excited to be part of this adventure with you. Please see all the current information on the Team Information page.
Support Winter Sports and they will support our spring sports