Kodiak Daily Mirror - Post 17 begins tough road trip
Post 17 begins tough road trip
by Derek Clarkston
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A Chugiak runner attempts to steal second base, but is tagged out by Sam Bennett of Kodiak Post 17 in an American Legion baseball game Saturday at Baranof Field.
A Chugiak runner attempts to steal second base, but is tagged out by Sam Bennett of Kodiak Post 17 in an American Legion baseball game Saturday at Baranof Field.
Kodiak Post 17 begins the first of three road trips this season at 6:30 p.m. tonight against East Anchorage.

The four-day swing to the Mainland features five games — four of them conference counting.

Kodiak finishes the trip with Bartlett (3:30 p.m. Saturday), Palmer (12:30 and 3:30 p.m. Sunday) and Service (6:30 p.m. Monday). Saturday’s game against is Bartlett is the only non-league game, while the first game against Palmer is a nine-inning affair.

“Having our conference games stacked and compacted into just a few short days is a disadvantage to us,” Kodiak manager Leonard Pickett said. “It can be a little bit of a challenge for the kids.”

Being from Kodiak, the players are used to traveling, Pickett said.

“It is part of our routine,” he said.

After opening the season with a two-game league split with defending American Legion champion Chugiak, Kodiak is tied with Bartlett for fifth place with five points — four points are awarded for a win, two for a tie and one for a loss.

Kodiak has the potential to pick up 16 points on this trip, which could move the Bears up in the National Division standings. The top three teams in both the National and American divisions are guaranteed a spot at the state tournament.

“We are going to come out and take as many of the league games as we can,” Pickett said.

East Anchorage (1-4 league, 3-6 overall) is tied for fourth with Juneau and Ketchikan in the American Division with eight points, while Service (2-3, 4-4) is second with 11 points.

Palmer (0-3, 0-3) is one of four new varsity teams added this season and is tied for last with Fairbanks 11 in the National Division with three points. Palmer is comprised of students from Colony and Palmer high schools. However, Colony and Palmer players who played for Wasilla remained with the Road Warriors.

Pickett hopes Post 17 continues the success it built from its opening weekend.

“For the start of the season, compared to last year, the errors were way down,” he said.

Kodiak committed nine errors in four games against Chugiak — three of them in the two conference games.

Contact Derek Clarkston at sports@kodiakdailymirror.com.


National Division

Team Points League Overall

Eagle River 18 4-2 4-2

Chugiak 17 4-1 6-4

Fairbanks 30 9 2-1 3-1

Kenai 9 2-1 3-1

Bartlett 5 1-1 4-5

Kodiak 5 1-1 2-2

Palmer 3 0-3 0-3

Fairbanks 11 3 0-3 0-4

American Division

Team Points League Overall

Wasilla 12 3-0 4-0

Service 11 2-3 4-4

Dimond 9 2-1 5-1

Juneau 8 2-0 3-0

Ketchikan 8 2-0 3-1

East 8 1-4 3-6

South 6 1-2 2-3

West 4 0-4 0-8

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