Coach James Arnold called it the most challenging part of the team’s schedule.
“These are critical games,” Kodiak coach James Arnold said. “They will have a sizeable impact on the conference standings. We are looking forward to the challenge.”
Kodiak plays today and Thursday at Soldotna and travels back to the island for games against Kenai on Friday and Saturday. All four games will count in the Southcentral Conference standings.
Today’s games begins at 7 p.m., while Thursday’s starts at 3 p.m.
Kodiak is currently 3-1 in the conference and 6-6 overall.
Kodiak will be missing several varsity players during the four games. The team will be without leadoff hitter Myles Wilson and starting right fielder Joey Mauer for today’s and Thursday’s games. Both of them are staying in Kodiak to take tests.
Starters Jakob Arnold and Sam Kirchenschlager are competing at the state solo and ensemble music festival. The duo could also miss Saturday’s games if they advance to the third-day of the festival.
“It should give some of our younger guys an opportunity to see what they can do,” Arnold said.
Soldotna is 0-1 on the season and played Homer late Tuesday night. Kenai is 2-0.
Kodiak does get some relief after the four-game stretch as the Bears’ next game isn’t until May 22 against Wasilla.
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