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Courtesy of Kodiak Sports History Facebook page

Terren Sugita, left, and Evan Floyd pose for a photo during an Alaska League Baseball game Saturday in Palmer. Sugita plays for the Anchorage Glacier Pilots and Floyd plays for the Mat-Su Miners. 

Matt Sugita and Scott Floyd were athletic stars for Kodiak High School during the 1980s. 

Now, their sons are facing each other in the Alaska Baseball League.

Evan Floyd — son of Scott — plays for the Mat-Su Miners. Terren Sugita — son of Matt — plays for the Anchorage Glacier Pilots. 

The two teams squared off Saturday, with Floyd’s Miners taking a 3-2 victory. The right-hander authored 2 2/3 no-hit innings to pick up his first victory of the season. He struck out two — including Sugita in the ninth inning — and walked one. 

Floyd, the grandson of Joe Floyd, has flourished in his first season in the ABL. The 6-foot-1, 225-pounder has posted a 2.16 ERA while fanning nine and allowing only five hits in 8 1/3 innings. He has picked up two saves to go along with his 1-0 record. 

Floyd is coming off a spectacular redshirt junior campaign for NCAA Division II University of West Florida, where he became the first Argonaut since 2007 to earn the Gulf South Conference tournament’s most outstanding player award.  

After anchoring the pitching staff with a 9-1 record, 106 strikeouts and a 2.91 ERA, he was placed on the NCBWA All-South Region second team.  

Floyd is a 2016 graduate of Pensacola Catholic High School in Florida. After graduating, he played a year at Air Force, Pensacola State and Saint Louis.

In 2019, he appeared in only two games for Saint Louis before sustaining a season-ending injury. 

The Floyd family has a long history in the ABL, a league where college kids flock to Alaska to play summer ball under the midnight sun. 

Evan’s dad and his two uncles — Max and Patrick — played for the Anchorage Bucs. Patrick later coached for the Bucs. His cousin, Will, suited up for the Bucs in 2017. 

Sugita, a South Anchorage graduate, has logged a .231 batting average (26 plate appearances) with one double and two RBIs for the Pilots. Sugita, whose father was on Kodiak’s 1985 American Legion state championship team, played for Vermilion Community College in Minnesota. 

The ABL, which dates back to the 1960s, consists of the Bucs, Pilots, Miners, Peninsula Oilers and the Chugiak Chinooks. The season ends in August.  

   

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