Soldotna starting pitcher Atticus Gibson delivers to Kenai Central on Tuesday, April 26, 2022, at the Kenai Little League Fields in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Soldotna starting pitcher Atticus Gibson delivers to Kenai Central on Tuesday, April 26, 2022, at the Kenai Little League Fields in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

SoHi, Kenai, Homer chase state berths at Southcentral tourney

Three berths to the Division II state baseball tournament will be up for grabs Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Southcentral Conference baseball tournament at Redington Jr/Sr and Houston high schools.

Soldotna, with a 9-1 league record, is the top seed at the tournament, while Kenai is No. 3 at 7-3 and Homer is No. 6 at 3-7.

The top three teams at the tournament earn berths to Division II state, which will be June 2 to 4 at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage. The Alaska Schools Activities Association also has three at-large berths to dole out to the tournament.

The Stars, whose lone loss in the league is to Kenai, open against No. 8 Redington at 1 p.m. at Redington. The Stars qualified for state last season for the first time since 2016 by finishing third at the Southcentral Conference tournament.

The Kardinals open with a 10 a.m. game against Homer at Houston. Kenai has 15-5 and 9-3 victories over the Mariners this season.

Kenai will be seeking its first state tournament berth since 2012. Homer went last season after getting an at-large berth.

In other first round games, No. 2 Palmer faces No. 7 Grace at 10 a.m. at Redington, and No. 4 Kodiak faces No. 5 Houston at 1 p.m. at Houston. Last season, Palmer won the Southcentral Conference tournament, while Kodiak finished second.

Southcentral Conference baseball tournament

host by Palmer High School

Thursday’s games

Game 1 — Palmer vs. Grace, 10 a.m. at Redington

Game 2 — Kenai vs. Homer, 10 a.m. at Houston

Game 3 — Soldotna vs. Redington, 1 p.m. at Redington

Game 4 — Kodiak vs. Houston, 1 p.m. at Houston

Game 5 — Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 4 p.m. at Redington

Game 6 — Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 7 p.m. at Redington

Friday’s games

Game 7 — Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 10 a.m. at Redington

Game 8 — Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 loser, 10 a.m. at Houston

Game 9 — Game 7 winner vs. Game 6 loser, 3 p.m. at Redington

Game 10 — Game 8 winner vs. Game 5 loser, 3 p.m. at Houston

Game 11 (Championship) — Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, 7 p.m. at Redington

Saturday’s games

Game 12 — Game 9 winner vs. Game 10 winner, 10 a.m. at Redington

Game 13 (2nd-3rd place game) — Game 12 winner vs. Game 11 winner, 1 p.m. at Redington

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