KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Baseball will be played at Walker Field this year, after all.
After the Ketchikan High School baseball team was unable to play any home games this spring because of Ketchikan’s risk level for the novel coronavirus — and after the entire 2020 season was wiped away because of the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak — baseball is back in the First City.
The Ketchikan Post 3 American Legion ball club will open its season this weekend, as it is scheduled to host Service Post 28 for a four-game series beginning Friday night.
The two teams will finish the set Sunday morning, with doubleheader squeezed in on Saturday.
First pitch for Friday’s home opener is slated for 6:30 p.m.
Post 3 will step on the field for the first time since 2019. The team was essentially priced out of a season in 2020, as the Alaska Legion season was played entirely in Anchorage last summer, even amid the pandemic.
Travel and housing would have been too expensive for a summer’s stay in the big city.
Service has already started its season, sitting at an even .500 through four games. Post 28 won a pair over East Anchorage Post 34 on Tuesday — 9-3 and 16-1 — but lost its game against Chugiak Post 33 on Wednesday, 7-6.
Both Ketchikan and Service sit in the Alaska Legion’s National Division. The first game of Saturday’s twin bill will begin at 1 p.m., with the second game scheduled for 3:30 p.m.
Sunday’s first pitch is slated for 11 a.m.