Rainbelt Conference Softball Championships

West Valley's Amelia. Wagner-Jones reaches for the catch and the out during the Rainbelt Conference Softball Championships game against Colony at the South Davis Softball Complex Thursday afternoon, May 23, 2019.

The Cartee Complex wasn’t kind Thursday to the three Interior high school softball teams playing there in the Alaska School Activities Association/First National Bank Alaska State Championships.

The West Valley Wolfpack, Delta Junction Huskies and Hutchison Hawks went winless in first-round pool play games of the Division I and II state tournaments at the Cartee fields in Anchorage.

Statistics for the games were not reported.

Each team in the two state tournaments are guaranteed three games.

Today’s action of the state tournaments begin with crossover pool-play games.

West Valley, in the Division I state tournament, has its third game at 10 a.m. against the East Anchorage Thunderbirds. East captured the state title at last year’s tournament at the South Davis Fields in Fairbanks.

Delta Junction plays its third game of this year’s state Division II tournament against the Homer Mariners at 12:15 p.m. The Huskies finished third in last year’s Division II tournament at the South Davis Fields.

Hutchison’s third game of the Division II state tournament is a matchup against the Kodiak Bears at 10 a.m. today.

The Hawks placed third in the Mid Alaska Conference regular season but advanced to the state tournament after the MAC runners-up North Pole Patriots withdrew from this year’s Division II competition because of several injuries on the team. 

Bracket games of the double-elimination state tournaments take place later today. State championship games are scheduled for Saturday 

The Division II state final is set for 2:45 p.m. Saturday and the Division I title game is slated for 5 p.m. 

Should if-necessary games be required, they will be played after each championship game.

 

Thursday's results

West Valley, the reigning Railbelt Conference champion, opened the Division I state tournament with a 14-9 loss to Anchorage’s Dimond  Lynx, last year’s state runners-up.

The Wolfpack later lost 10-4 to the Chugiak Mustangs.

Delta Junction, the reigning MAC champion, fell 12-7 to the Sitka Wolves in an early-afternoon Division II pool game. The Huskies were later defeated 6-3 by the Kodiak Bears.

Delta Junction entered the state tournament with a 9-0 record against MAC opponents.

Two of its seniors, Keely Harris and Ashley Bevard, recently signed National Letters of Intent. Harris signed with NCAA Division III softball program at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, and Bevard signed with the junior college program at Sierra College in Rocklin, California.

Hutchison, on Thursday, sustained losses of 24-1 to Homer and 23-2 to the Ketchikan Kings, last year’s Division II state runners-up.

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