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Familiar foes South, Dimond to square off in state softball semifinal game

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: May 31
  • Published May 31

South and Dimond will take their rivalry to the softball diamond Saturday for a game that will decide which team plays for the state championship.

The loser could also play for the Division I title if it’s able to come back through the losers bracket in the double-elimination state tournament.

South edged Chugiak 6-5 and Dimond walloped West Valley 17-3 in Friday’s winners bracket games at Cartee Field. The victories send the Wolverines and Lynx — who last week met for the state soccer championship — into a 12:15 p.m. Saturday game.

The winner will advance to the 5 p.m. title game. The loser will play an elimination game at 2:45 p.m. against the winner of a morning game between East and West Valley; whoever wins the 2:45 p.m. game will claim the remaining spot in the championship game.

Defending champion East is vying for an eighth-straight appearance in the championship game, but the T-birds will have to win two elimination games to get there.

In the Division II tournament, Saturday’s action will begin at 10 a.m. with a winners bracket game between Kodiak and Sitka.

Kodiak won a pair of games Friday, 14-1 over Hutchison and 10-8 over Ketchikan. Sitka tripped Homer 9-1.

ASAA/First National Bank state softball championships

Division I

Friday’s results

First round

Chugiak 12, Wasilla 2

West Valley 9, East 7

Winners bracket

South 6, Chugiak 5

Dimond 17, West Valley 3

Losers bracket

West Valley 11, Wasilla 8, loser out

East 10, Chugiak 2, loser out

Saturday’s games at Cartee Field

12:15 p.m. — South vs. Dimond, winners bracket

12:15 p.m. — West Valley vs. East, loser out

2:15 p.m. — West Valley-East winner vs. South-Dimond loser

5 p.m. — Championship: South-Dimond winner vs. TBD

Division II

Friday’s results

First round

Kodiak 14, Hutchison 1

Homer 11, Delta 6

Winners bracket

Kodiak 10, Ketchikan 8

Sitka 9, Homer 1

Losers bracket

Homer 13, Hutchison 1, loser out

Ketchikan 14, Delta 10, loser out

Saturday’s games at Cartee Field

10 a.m. — Kodiak vs. Sitka, winners bracket

10 a.m. — Homer vs. Ketchikan, loser out

12:15 p.m. — Kodiak-Sitka loser vs. Homer-Ketchikan winner

2:45 p.m. — Championship: Kodiak-Sitka winner vs. TBD

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