Kodiak Post 17 concludes its home season with a four-game set against Kenai Post 20 that begins today at Baranof Field.
Today’s American Legion baseball doubleheader begins with a league affair at 3 p.m., followed by a nonleague game at 6 p.m.
Friday’s finale starts with a league game at 4 p.m. and finishes with a nonleague game at 7 p.m.
These two clubs last met at the 2018 state tournament at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage. The Twins plated two runs in the final inning to end the Bears’ season with a 4-3 walk-off win.
That came after Kodiak scored two runs in the top of the seventh to grab a 3-2 lead.
Kenai — a club made up of players from Soldotna, Kenai and Homer high schools — is just as strong this season. On Saturday, the Twins’ Logan Smith and Harrison Metz combined to no-hit Dimond in a 5-0 win. That upped their record to 4-2 in league.
Kodiak, which lost to Dimond 4-3 and 10-8 to begin the season, is 2-4 in league.
“This is an important series,” Post 17 manager Derek Clarkston said. “Kenai is a quality program and is always a tough opponent.”
This series will conclude Kodiak’s opening 15-game home stand — one game got canceled due to rain. The Bears finish the regular season with 16 away games spread over two trips to the mainland.
On the first trip that begins July 2, Kodiak plays 10 games in eight days. That trip includes playing in the Todd Ryan Memorial Tournament in Wasilla, where the Bears will face a team from Ohio.
The second trip begins with a nonleague game at Wasilla on July 17 and will run through the state tournament that concludes on July 30 in Anchorage.