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Legion baseball starts season this weekend: Ketchikan Post 3 hosts West Anchorage Post 1 at noon on Saturday
Ketchikan Post 3’s Azariah Schultz sprints down the first base line after bunting for a base hit during its Alaska American Legion’s opening day against Service Post 28 at Walker Field on June 8, 2018. Schultz reached base safely. Ketchikan Post 3 opens its season on Saturday against West Anchorage Post 1. Staff photo by Dustin Safranek

KETCHIKAN (KDN) — As one baseball season ends, another one begins — or at least such is the case for the Ketchikan High School Kings and Ketchikan American Legion Post 3 ball clubs.

Barely one week removed after Kayhi placed second in the state tournament, Post 3 will take the field this weekend.

Ketchikan will host West Anchorage Post 1 on Saturday and Sunday at Walker Field. The two teams will play a pair of twin bills.

First pitch for Game 1 is set for 12 p.m. on Saturday. Game 2 will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday’s schedule is the same. Both noon games are considered league competition. Both of the 3 p.m. games are non-league.

West Anchorage has already started its Alaska American Legion season. Post 1 is 1-2 in the early going, and has played the Eagle River Wolves, Bartlett Post 29 and Wasilla Post 35. West Anchorage beat Bartlett 14-1 on Monday, but lost 2-1 to Wasilla on Wednesday.

Ketchikan is just one of three Alaska American Legion ball clubs that have yet to play a game. Fairbanks Post 11 and Kenai Post 20 also will get the ball rolling this weekend. Last year’s American Division winner, Dimond Post 21, is already 5-1 this season, and sits in first place.

Post 3 has finished 9-9 in league competition the past three seasons. Overall, Ketchikan was 16-15 last year. They were 15-14 in 2017.

Ketchikan begins the year with back-to-back weekends at Walker Field. After hosting West Anchorage this weekend, Chugiak Post 33 comes to town on June 13-15.

Post 3 will play all of its home games in June. All of their games in July will be in Anchorage.