Fairbanks High School Baseball, Softball still waiting for snow to melt before competition

First base dugout of Arco Field, home of the Lathrop Malemutes, on April 26.
First base dugout of Arco Field, home of the Lathrop Malemutes, on April 26.(Jordan Rodenberger (KTVF))
Published: Apr. 26, 2021 at 7:37 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The Monroe Catholic baseball and softball programs bussed to Delta Junction Saturday for the Interior’s first taste of action this year for either sport, after their entire seasons were wiped away last year. The Delta softball program swept the Rams 17-2, 17-1 in a doubleheader, while Monroe baseball defeated the Huskies 13-3 led by Shaun Conwell’s 10 strikeouts and Aden Sadler’s 5 RBIs.

Fairbanks won’t see baseball or softball programs hit the diamond until the end of this week at the earliest. North Pole baseball is looking to host a tournament featuring local schools at Newby Field, the most dry of all fields between North Pole and Fairbanks.

Marlin, Arco and Growen, home of West Valley, Lathrop and Monroe respectively, are still at least a week away from being suitable for competition.

A snow-covered Marlin Field, home of the West Valley Wolfpack, on April 26.
A snow-covered Marlin Field, home of the West Valley Wolfpack, on April 26.(Jordan Rodenberger (KTVF))

“We are monitoring the melt on a daily basis to see if we can get out on the fields,” said Fairbanks North Star Borough School District Assistant Superintendent Luke Meinert on Friday. “The weather has definitely thrown us some curveballs here late in the season, but this is the year of quick pivoting so if it is any year I think we are able to do it this year and get a good spring season underway.”

This also applies to the South Davis Softball Complex, where Fairbanks-area schools compete each year. As the North Pole softball field is further away from being ready than the baseball field, Delta’s fields are the only that safe and sufficient enough to play on in the Interior. However, the Huskies are not scheduled to host either a baseball or softball game until May 15, when North Pole visits Delta.

In the meantime, West Valley, North Pole, Delta and Monroe softball programs are set to travel to the Mat-Su for the ‘Rally in the Valley’ tournament in Wasilla this Thursday through Saturday. After last Wednesday’s contest between West Valley and Lathrop was canceled, the next softball game on the schedule in Fairbanks is May 4, when the Malemutes host Monroe. That game, and all going forward, are tentative.

As mentioned, there could be more baseball in the Interior as soon as the end of the week. Either way, Lathrop and West Valley are scheduled to play Colony and Wasilla in the Mat-Su Valley May 7-8. Continue to monitor for updates on the high school baseball and softball season.

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