Baseball

Kodiak Post 17’s Jon LeVan plays first base in an American Legion AA baseball game against Kenai Saturday, July 5 at Baranof Field. (Derek Clarkston photo)

Kodiak Post 17 concludes its home season with a four-game series against Bartlett beginning at 6:30 p.m. today at Baranof Field. Today’s and Sunday’s series finale at 11 a.m. are both nonleague games. Saturday’s doubleheader that begins at 12:30 p.m. consists of two league games.

Kodiak stands at 5-5 in the league play (7-10 overall) and is in sixth-place in the National Division with 25 points. Bartlett is 8-3 in league and in third-place with 35 points.

Kodiak owns a 6-5 nonleague over Bartlett this season.

A league sweep, something that has avoided Kodiak most of the season, would keep Post 17’s chances alive for qualifying for the state tournament — the top three teams in the American and National divisions qualify along with two wild card teams. The remainder of the teams will compete in another tournament.

Kodiak has split home league games with Chugiak, Eagle River and Kenai this season — all three teams are ahead of Post 17 in the standings.

“Splitting has been the name of the game for us,” Kodiak Post 17 manager Leonard Pickett said. “I don’t know what it is. We need to find a way to start sweeping some teams.”

Kodiak has only swept winless Palmer this season. That’s not to say the team hasn’t been competitive. In the five league losses, Post 17 has only been outscored by 10 runs, which includes a pair of 6-5 losses and one 11-inning defeat.

“That says we are close,” Aaron Hocum said. “We just got to keep battling when it gets deeper into the game and don’t let it get to our heads.”

After this weekend, Kodiak heads to Anchorage on Wednesday for seven games — six league — in five days.

Contact Derek Clarkston at sports@kodiakdailymirror.com.

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