Softball

Dannika Catt, left, greets teammate Kassidy Ellison while being introduced before playing Service in a softball game on May 23 at Baranof Field. (Derek Clarkston photo)

Kodiak softball fulfilled a team goal earlier this week — win the Northern Lights Conference.

The Bears’ clinched their first conference crown since 2009 by virtue of a tiebreaker over Homer.

With Homer’s 3-2 win over Soldotna on Wednesday, both Kodiak and the Mariners finished conference play with 6-2 records.

Kodiak won the tiebreaker by beating Homer three out of four times this season, Kodiak High School activities director Bryan Ferris said.

The crown gives the Bears the conference’s No. 1 seed and a first-round bye at the small-school state championships that begin June 6 at Cartee Fields in Anchorage. Homer grabs the conference’s final berth to state, while Soldotna, Skyview and Kenai will all finish the season this weekend.

Kodiak swept Skyview and Kenai in a pair of conference games, while splitting with Soldotna and Homer, which swept Kenai and Soldotna and split with Skyview.

This is the Bears’ first NLC title since 2009, a year after the team won the school’s first state championship.

Kodiak now shifts its focus to finishing the regular season strong with a pair of games at large-school Colony. Today’s 1 p.m. game is a scrimmage, which is followed by a 10 a.m. Saturday game.

“This is definitely a chance for us to work on some things, but at the same time I hope nobody gets hurt,” Catt said.

Kodiak freshman Sage Glamman is out for the season with a hyperextended elbow, while several other girls dealing with bumps and bruises.

Senior third baseman Sydney Hosier took two ground balls to the face and dislocated her jaw in Kodiak’s last game against Homer.

“I went to go put my glove up and it (the ball) just missed it and hit my jaw,” Hosier said.

Senior second baseman Kassidy Ellison has a giant raspberry on her ankle, along with wounds on her leg, while senior outfielder has a huge bruise on her leg from a line drive.

“They all got a lot of bumps and bruises,” Catt said. “These girls are tough.”

Contact Derek Clarkston at sports@kodiakdailymirror.com.

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