Homer softball wins Rally in the Valley

The Homer Mariners pulled off a softball sweep last weekend at the Rally in the Valley tournament at Redington High School in Wasilla, starting with a 4-1 victory over Delta Junction and finishing with a 6-3 win over the Lathrop Malamutes on Friday and an 11-2 victory over North Pole on Saturday to finish in first place.

On Tuesday, the Mariners played Soldotna in Soldotna and won 12-2.

The sweep pushes Homer’s season record to 12-6 overall and 1-2 in conference standings, putting them at third behind Kodiak and Soldotna.

In Friday’s opener against the Huskies, the Mariners scored twice in both the second and third innings to secure the win in four innings. Annalyn Brown pitched a complete game and gave up a single run on four hits and one walk, while whiffing two.

Kaitlyn Johnson went 2 for 2 with a double and two runs to lead the Mariners offense.

Delta struck first with an RBI single in the first inning. Homer came back in the bottom of the second with a pair of RBI singles from Zoe Adkins and Hannah Hatfield.

The Mariners added to the lead with a series of plays with two outs in the bottom of the third. Brianna Hetrick singled and Johnson doubled, then both scored on a passed ball by Delta’s catcher.

In their 6-3 win over Lathrop, the Mariners scored three times in the bottom of the second to take the lead. Homer trailed 3-1 entering the frame, but two leadoff walks by Hatfield and Kaylin Anderson put things in motion. Brown singled in a run to cut Lathrop’s lead to 3-2, then a two-run single by Kaitlyn Johnson gave Homer a 4-3 lead. Haylee Owen added another run with a single.

Brown hit 2 for 3 with two RBIs, while Johnson and Owen each had two RBIs as well.

Zoe Adkins pitched the first two outs for Homer, giving up a run on two hits and two walks with a strikeout. Brown then finished the last 2 1/3 innings in relief and gave up two runs on two hits and two walks, while striking out four.

In Saturday’s game against North Pole, North Pole had a 1-0 lead after the second inning, but the Mariners jumped on top 3-1 after the third and 11-1 after the top of the fourth. The game was then called after four innings.

Annalynn Brown pitched all four innings for the Mariners, giving up four hits and two earned runs while striking out one and walking two. Brown also helped herself at the plate by going 3 for 4 with three RBIs and a run.

Also for the Mariners, Zoe Adkins was 2 for 3, Hannah Hatfield had two RBIs, and Grace Godfrey and Brianna Hetrick each scored two runs.